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 […]

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 […]

What Inspires me…

What inspires me… Happy New year! The right question might not be what, but who inspires me. Yesterday I read an article in the Globe and Mail about an academic in Alberta Canada who is bothered about the use of pseudoscience and misinformation to promote and sell health and wellness products and trends. Professor Caulfield […]

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 […]