EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to be self-aware and to be aware of others’ thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It means to be able to check-in with yourself and be able to identify what you are thinking and what you are feeling. Checking-in with yourself during a challenging situation with others prevents you […]

Psychiatrists & Psychotherapy

  The topic: Psychiatrists and psychotherapy elicited strong emotions among psychiatrists, and others and I wonder whether this is for the right reasons. Dr. Ari Zaretsky in today’s Globe and Mail imho hit the nail on the head. …in the end it is about the client’s needs. These are my sentiments: We are getting there […]

Scienceploitation and BioMania

At the end of a WordPress Blogpost written by a mental health professional, I spotted an advertisement. We know the type, the ones with the catchy titles: “Big Pharma is not going to like this!” The ad showed a picture of a male “physician in a white coat”, with of course, 30 + years’ experience […]

The Media and the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

Originally posted on O Society:
by Jonathan Leo & Jeffrey Lacasse Society Download as PDF Abstract The cause of mental disorders such as depression remains unknown. However, the idea that neurotransmitter imbalances cause depression is vigorously promoted by pharmaceutical companies and the psychiatric profession at large. We examine media reports referring to this chemical imbalance…

FRUSTRATIONS of a Counselling Therapist

This post is written to clear up some confusion. One of them is on who is trained to do therapeutic work. Another frequently asked question is what the difference is between therapy and counselling. A third confusion is the relationship between mental and physical health. A fourth one is in regards to depression and anxiety […]

BIRTHDAYS…BAH! HUMBUG

Let’s make that dreaded birthday count… If you are a person who dreads the unavoidable yearly event of yet another birthday, you are not alone. There are ample narratives of the “fundatory” celebrations at offices. Another one often mentioned is the “Secret Valentine”, a tradition which makes some of us profoundly uncomfortable. To add one […]

NO, THERE IS NO APP FOR THAT!

One of the compulsory classes I recall vividly, was a demonstration of our competencies as a therapist. The fishbowl technique was used. Two trainees were placed in the middle of a circle. One was playing the role of the client and the other of the therapist. And there I was, floating nervously, feeling exposed and […]