Bogus therapies….and what to watch out for

It is not just clients who fall for promising advertisements. Psychotherapists, counsellors, and psychologists, even those with post graduate degrees seem to buy into the new, or very old but sounding new and improved, therapy approaches. Even professional organizations fail to distinguish between solid evidence and the active ingredients and the so-called serving suggestions, the […]

Emotions-thoughts & feelings and regulation

Emotions are functional and universal physiological responses (bodily reactions) to external and internal environmental stimuli. They originate in the brain and release neurotransmitters through the body. They are protective and provide information: Fear, sadness, disgust, anger, surprise, and happiness.  One pathway is to trace emotions that are elicited by stimuli coming from our outside environment. Another […]

SELF ACCEPTANCE IS GROWTH

Self acceptance means growth  By truly accepting ourselves, we identify what we value and respect about ourselves, including our weaknesses, shortcomings and past mistakes.  Acceptance does not mean that there will be no change. Only when we accept ourselves, and our reality, we can grow to become better.  This is self-directed growth, and counselling therapists […]

Dismissiveness, Culture or Personality?

Dismissiveness: “A form of denial, characterized by either passively showing indifference or disregard, or actively dismissing or rejecting ideas or evidence” (yourdictionay.com). We all know of people who are in your family or workplace, who seem to lack interest in your thoughts and who, without consideration just shut you down.  When this happens, you very […]

What is Peer Support Really?

Some confusing stuff is happening around peer support. Although not a new development, it seems to have morphed into a different concept without us really noticing that we have been conned, laypersons and well-meaning professionals alike. By now the new meaning of “peer support” is so intrenched in publications and conversations that there is no […]