Do You Fear Your Prejudices?
How we deal with prejudice in our own lives, at an individual level, makes all the difference to the impact we have on society at large. Tags: empathy, ethics, person-centred, responsibility, society, violence (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - May 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dr Greg Mulhauser, Managing Editor Tags: empathy ethics person-centred responsibility society violence Source Type: news

What Will We Leave Behind?
How much of you do the people closest to you really know? What do they understand of the person that you are, as something distinct from the things you do? And when the time comes, inevitably, will your story die with you, or will it remain with your friends, your spouse, your children? Tags: bereavement, death, existentialism, meaning, parenting and children, relationships (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - April 17, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dr Greg Mulhauser, Managing Editor Tags: bereavement death existentialism meaning parenting and children relationships Source Type: news

When Great Ideas Become Lead Weights
Here are five ways to help preserve the life and growth of a good idea when circumstances mean we can't follow it up right now, ways to stop it becoming just another weighty addition on a "to do" list. Tags: creativity, mindful awareness, writing (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - March 25, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dr Greg Mulhauser, Managing Editor Tags: creativity mindful awareness writing Source Type: news

Practitioners, How Good is Your Referral Tracking?
Almost every mental health practitioner tries in some way to keep track of referrals. But do you know how your referrals compare to your conversions? How about the impact of primacy and recency effects? And would you be surprised to learn that nobody finds you via your own website -- even if you think they do? Tags: in practice, marketing, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - January 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dr Greg Mulhauser, Managing Editor Tags: in practice marketing therapy Source Type: news

Grief: What ’ s the Point of Talking About It?
'Isolation' seems too feeble a word to describe the part of grief that is aloneness, since it suggests a world out there which we could connect with were it not for our state; it is, rather, the kind of aloneness that tells us there is nobody there at all. Tags: bereavement, death, denial, relationships (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - November 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: bereavement death denial relationships Source Type: news

Investing in Loss, and Crowdfunding
It's only superficially ironic that work on Creative Regeneration and making a healing refuge should leave me so wiped out. Tags: anxiety and stress, creativity, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - November 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: anxiety and stress creativity therapy Source Type: news

Disentangling Our Nervous States
A heightened state of anxiety seems to be the norm. But have feelings really taken over the world? Is it enough to just calm down? Tags: book, in practice, online mental health, politics, society, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - November 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: book in practice online mental health politics society therapy Source Type: news

Black Box Politics
There's a standard piece of advice frequently offered by psychologists and counsellors to people who are struggling to make sense of a challenging relationship. That piece of advice works pretty well when trying to understand politicians, too. Tags: decision making, empathy, in practice, politics, relationships (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - October 22, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dr Greg Mulhauser, Managing Editor Tags: decision making empathy in practice politics relationships Source Type: news

The One Way to Healing
What if there were one true way to healing -- one method certain to deliver wellbeing and the resolution of whatever problems you might want to throw at it? Would you be tempted to give it a try? Tags: in practice, meaning, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - October 8, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: in practice meaning therapy Source Type: news

Letting Go vs. Softening
In meditation, the suggestion to 'let go' can seem a bit abstract, a little either/or. Softening, on the other hand, is different. You can't get it wrong. Tags: in practice, meditation, mindful awareness (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - September 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: in practice meditation mindful awareness Source Type: news

Secrets of Creativity – Raw Feelings that Carry the Context
When we just paint, or just do anything, we are working from our raw feelings. These feelings carry live connections to the whole context of life: everything which has ever happened and is happening right now, more than the rational mind could ever hope to be aware of. Tags: book, creativity, focusing, mindful awareness, pregnancy and childbirth (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - September 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: book creativity focusing mindful awareness pregnancy and childbirth Source Type: news

Meditation Instructions: Who ’ s Guiding Whom?
Guided meditations have never been my thing. I've generally found them cringey, annoying, or simply superfluous to requirements -- the very antithesis of the experience I was having, or wanted to have. Tags: in practice, independence, meditation, person-centred, therapy, trust (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - September 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: in practice independence meditation person-centred therapy trust Source Type: news

12 Steps — Identifying With the Addict
The person is always more -- infinitely more -- than the addict. Thinking of the addict as your real nature, liable to erupt at any moment if you're not careful, may be helpful as a practical measure, but is it really true? Tags: addiction, book, in practice, responsibility (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - August 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: addiction book in practice responsibility Source Type: news

Russell Brand on Liberation from Addictions
Can the 12-step programme liberate us from a cult of individualism and materialism? Enjoying a good feeling from simply being alive may be a natural thing, but it's not the default these days; we need to actively work on it. Tags: addiction, book, mindful awareness (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - August 20, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: addiction book mindful awareness Source Type: news

Making Your Own Decisions
Once you get to adulthood, you generally like to feel you're calling the shots. But are we in a position to decide anything at all of our own free will as individual agents? Tags: decision making, meaning, mind-body, responsibility (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - August 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: decision making meaning mind-body responsibility Source Type: news

To Be A Machine
The human urge to transcend physical existence and death is a powerful one. But is the application of so much human ingenuity in this direction a good idea? Tags: control, death, existentialism, meaning, mind-body, responsibility, society, technology (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - August 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: control death existentialism meaning mind-body responsibility society technology Source Type: news

The Grief-Joy Spiral
Do joy and grief share something essential in common? And by cutting out one, do we end up cutting ourselves off from the other? Tags: bereavement, emotions, mindful awareness, relationships, zen (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - July 30, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: bereavement emotions mindful awareness relationships zen Source Type: news

Are You Waiting for a Text from Yourself?
It's time to examine the mental inbox. Have you been getting messages from yourself, read them and ignored them? Are you set permanently to 'do not disturb'? Have you actually blocked your own number? Tags: in practice, mindful awareness, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - July 23, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: in practice mindful awareness therapy Source Type: news

The Emotional Charge of Money and Currencies of Worth
Money as we know it today is a system of exchange -- but it is no longer a neutral system. It's a sprawling, dominant monopoly that can leave individuals feeling worthless. Is there another way? Tags: meaning, politics, society, work-life (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - July 16, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: meaning politics society work-life Source Type: news

A Cure for Pain?
It seems not only that everyone is in pain, but that there's an underlying assumption that we shouldn't be, creating an extra layer of suffering on top of the pain itself. Tags: book, medications, mind-body, mindful awareness, online mental health (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - July 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: book medications mind-body mindful awareness online mental health Source Type: news

Meditating, Mindfulness and Excuses
My conviction is this: whatever you actually manage to do, with the sincere intention to improve your life, will work. There really is no shortage of methods. The trick is in managing to do the thing, whatever it is. Tags: anxiety and stress, meditation, mindful awareness (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - June 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: anxiety and stress meditation mindful awareness Source Type: news

When Words Aren ’ t The Point – Reiki and Counselling
The Reiki system shares a foundation with person centred therapy: the practitioner does not 'do something to' or give something to the client, but makes conditions that facilitate people's own natural growth or healing. Tags: in practice, mind-body, person-centred, therapy, tools (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - June 18, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: in practice mind-body person-centred therapy tools Source Type: news

Breathing 101
Breathing is always there to help and calm you down, to create the sense of safety and a secure base that we all need, but we need to learn how to use this precious resource. Tags: anxiety and stress, mindful awareness, relaxation (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - June 11, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: anxiety and stress mindful awareness relaxation Source Type: news

A Felt Sense of What ’ s Important
Thoughts and feelings can argue with each other forever, but the 'felt sense' can reveal some of the wisdom to be found in our complex of thoughts, feelings, histories and relationships. Tags: focusing, mindful awareness (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - June 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: focusing mindful awareness Source Type: news

Practice Makes Perfect
Are you a world-class worrier, or going for gold in the anxiety stakes? We need to pay attention to what we practice. Tags: anxiety and stress, mindful awareness (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - May 30, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: anxiety and stress mindful awareness Source Type: news

How Many Problems Do You Create By Assuming You Have Problems?
Assuming that people have difficulties can seem caring but can actually turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Why is it so hard to allow the possibility of things being fine? Tags: in practice, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - May 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: in practice therapy Source Type: news

Luck Swallows Everything
Are we ultimately responsible for who we are and the choices we make? Can we choose to be the person who is able to make them? And if not, does this really change anything in the way we live? Tags: book, decision making, ethics, mind-body, responsibility (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - May 14, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: book decision making ethics mind-body responsibility Source Type: news

The ‘ Unstoried Life ’ — Not Having a Narrative
In Things That Bother Me, Galen Strawson includes a beautiful account of his own experience as an 'unstoried' self, someone to whom it simply does not come naturally to experience life as a story. I feel amazingly affirmed by Strawson's words. Tags: ethics, existentialism, meaning, therapy, writing (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - May 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: ethics existentialism meaning therapy writing Source Type: news

Are We Doomed?
Climate change, with its predictable consequences, appears irreversible. Can coming to terms with a terminal diagnosis help us to deal with the situation? Tags: death, denial, motivation, news and research, politics, public health (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - May 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: death denial motivation news and research politics public health Source Type: news

What is the Natural State?
The natural state of being with myself, others and everything else, the way I am when circumstances allow, is like being plugged into the current of life. Tags: meditation, relationships, society (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - April 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: meditation relationships society Source Type: news

Free Counselling — Who Pays?
There's a glaring contradiction involved in the way counsellors work with people to enable them to affirm themselves and the way they can appear -- either as saviours from above and beyond the daily struggle, as martyrs sacrificing themselves for others, or just as well-meaning people with no sense of their own value. Tags: in practice, motivation, therapy, work-life (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - April 18, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: in practice motivation therapy work-life Source Type: news

Unleash Your Creativity This Spring
It's Spring, a season of creative disturbance. Once out of the cocoon of Winter, everything starts to move and change. There's a mix of cold and sun, and everything's in flux; it can seem like one step forward and two steps back, yet it's all moving forward. Tags: creativity, in practice, seasons, therapy, writing (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - April 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: creativity in practice seasons therapy writing Source Type: news

Death, Stress and Chocolate
Good Friday is a time of darkness and depletion that comes right before the light, a time set aside to contemplate suffering. I was forcing my system on full steam ahead and it felt all wrong. Tags: anxiety and stress, mindful awareness (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - April 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: anxiety and stress mindful awareness Source Type: news

Self-Compassion, or Unconditional Positive Regard?
The act of intentionally extending compassion to yourself might seem counterintuitive, selfish, artificial, or just plain weird. This is where the concept of unconditional positive regard comes in handy. Tags: in practice, person-centred, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - March 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: in practice person-centred therapy Source Type: news

The Importance of Safety — But is There Any Such Thing?
A sense of safety is a crucial human need, and working with trauma and anxiety is all about finding this sense of a secure base in the world. However, given our position in the universe, whizzing around on a rock in the middle of infinite space,with pretty much the only certainty in our life being the fact that we will die, is it not a little crazy to imagine that we are safe? Tags: anxiety and stress, in practice, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - March 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: anxiety and stress in practice therapy Source Type: news

The Power of Admitting What Really Hurts
Keeping up the illusion that something doesn't hurt is so very energy-consuming -- you really have no idea until you stop doing it and experience the energy which is freed up for use on other things, or simply for enjoyment of life. Tags: relationships, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - March 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: relationships therapy Source Type: news

The National Snow Breakdown
Britain's recent brush with snow leaves me wondering what would happen to our infrastructure if something more significant actually happened. Tags: public health, relationships, responsibility, society (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - March 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: public health relationships responsibility society Source Type: news

Sense of Self and the Traffic in Kathmandu
If I am an individual whose rights and autonomy are sacred, then someone else's path crossing mine can feel like an infringement, even a cause of anger. But what if I feel like a part of a collective whole? Tags: anxiety and stress, boundaries, mindful awareness, society (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - February 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: anxiety and stress boundaries mindful awareness society Source Type: news

The Mass Killing Meme: What Can We Do?
My sense is that the cases of young terrorists and young school shooters have strong similarities in terms of underlying anger, hurt, and other feelings, coupled with an inability to communicate those feelings and be heard. Tags: death, ethics, politics, public health, relationships, violence (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - February 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: death ethics politics public health relationships violence Source Type: news

Stop Suppressing Your Potential
How can we best tweak and optimise our mental machinery for peak performance? Drugs and some forms of meditation are offered as means to the goal. But what if 'savant' skills were actually in some sense our mind's default, before we all got so educated, and so distracted? Tags: intelligence, medications, meditation, mindful awareness (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - February 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: intelligence medications meditation mindful awareness Source Type: news

Creative Automatic Writing: Getting Past the Censor and Generating Energy
Our internal dialogues plan, worry, criticise, and take up a lot of mental energy. If we are finding life stressful, writing can be an ideal place to stage an intervention and regain our energy, our creativity, our mental space. Tags: anxiety and stress, writing (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - February 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: anxiety and stress writing Source Type: news

Intuitive Painting: A Dialogue With Your Heart
Intuitive painting often starts with a question that can't be answered in words. In the dance of form and colour, the sensual enjoyment of the paint, the excitement of not knowing what is coming next and sometimes just making a mess, some kind of an answer always comes. Tags: creativity, mindful awareness, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - January 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: creativity mindful awareness therapy Source Type: news

Can I Love You and Hate You at the Same Time?
Are pain and anger in themselves toxic forces or violent acts, that negate the love we feel for those who are close to us? Does this uneasy sense of contradiction cause us to hold those 'negative' emotions inside ourselves? Tags: in practice, relationships (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - January 22, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: in practice relationships Source Type: news

The Heart Sutra and the Neuroscientist
The neurosurgeon and the Buddhist practitioner are both intimate with the reality that between the atoms of the electrochemical dance of the brain lies an emptiness of anything at all which is solid and unchangeable, anything on which to lean. How to live in such a world? Tags: book, brain, meditation, mind-body, mindful awareness, neuroscience (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - January 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: book brain meditation mind-body mindful awareness neuroscience Source Type: news

Creative Regeneration
Bathing in my own attention, my breath, exercising the 'coming back' muscle whenever I get distracted, is what I call basic meditation. Every moment in this state is a moment of creative regeneration. Tags: anxiety and stress, meditation, mindful awareness, work-life (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - January 8, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: anxiety and stress meditation mindful awareness work-life Source Type: news

New Year and Its Pressures
At New Year there seems to be a lot of pressure -- to have a good time, to make New Year's eve a perfect night, and then to top it all with a fresh start in life. Does it have to be this way? Tags: anxiety and stress, meaning, mindful awareness (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - January 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: anxiety and stress meaning mindful awareness Source Type: news

Going at Your Own Pace
When it feels like everything is speeding up around us, working against the tide and putting pressure on ourselves to force our own pace to match rarely offers the best way forward. Tags: anxiety and stress, mindful awareness (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - December 19, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: anxiety and stress mindful awareness Source Type: news

Tips for Living the Fully Conscious Life
Often, we're only half-listening or half-awake when we do things. That's the essence of life on autopilot. But there have been some truly remarkable souls among us who lived with greater than typical awareness. Tags: mindful awareness, presence (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - December 11, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dr George Simon, PhD Tags: mindful awareness presence Source Type: news

Not Moving the Place Where it Hurts
Instead of tackling a problem 'head on', what if we just avoid it? This sounds counter-intuitive, but I don't mean pretending the problem doesn't exist; quite the contrary. Tags: mindful awareness, therapy (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - December 4, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: mindful awareness therapy Source Type: news

The Inner Abuser
Why do we tolerate comments from ourselves, which we would not tolerate from anyone else? Indeed, why do we sometimes allow whole running commentaries on our way of being to take up every second of the day and a significant amount of our mental and emotional space? Tags: abuse and trauma, eating disorders, relationships (Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features)
Source: CounsellingResource.com News and Features - November 27, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Luczaj Tags: abuse and trauma eating disorders relationships Source Type: news