So, Just How Good is Hypnosis for Treating Anxiety?

The Evidence… Gary Elkins, Ph.D., is a prominent hypnosis researcher and teacher. He is also the editor of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (IJCEH), the premier specialty journal in the field of hypnosis. Gary has made available to anyone and everyone interested in the effective treatment of anxiety – just about every clinician on the planet I’d guess – free access to … Continue reading So, Just How Good is Hypnosis for Treating Anxiety?

Prevention, Correction and Maintenance for Your Marriage: A Good Investment…

The following is an article I found particularly interesting and très à propos as so many couples struggle to make the decision to seek help only to wait too long!  Just imagine if you waited for your teeth to decay before going to the dentist out of being too shy or not wanting people “in your business”?  What if you waited for your car breaks to fail … Continue reading Prevention, Correction and Maintenance for Your Marriage: A Good Investment…

Socio-Emotional Intelligence – Not just for ADHD Kids

I work with a number of families whose kids have been labelled with ADHD or with some flavour of Anxiety Disorder…sometimes both.  I also work with many kids assessed as Gifted. A thing most of them have in common: problem making friends. Oftentimes this problem leads to a vicious circle of somatic complaints, school avoidance, low marks, low self esteem, bullying and in some cases, … Continue reading Socio-Emotional Intelligence – Not just for ADHD Kids

Getting to the Root of Compulsive Overspending

“Ok. don’t panic. Don’t panic. It’s only a VISA bill. It’s a piece of paper; I know exactly how much this VISA bill will be…. It’ll be about … $200. Three hundred, maybe. Yes, maybe $300. Three-fifty, max… …Instead of doing what I normally do – look at the minimum payment required and ignore the total completely – I find myself staring straight at the … Continue reading Getting to the Root of Compulsive Overspending

Depression and Bullying

Michael D. Yapko, PhD., psychologist, depression expert, wrote this article in his June 17, 2015 newsletter on the link between being bullied, being a bully in teen years and depression in adulthood. RESEARCH Teen Bullying Associated with Adult Depression In a recent online article in the British Medical Journal (BMI, June 2, 2015), researcher Lucy Bowes et.al. conducted one of the largest long term studies on the relationship between being a … Continue reading Depression and Bullying

Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

French child psychiatrists,… view ADHD as a medical condition that has psycho-social and situational causes. Instead of treating children’s focusing and behavioral problems with drugs, French doctors prefer to look for the underlying issue that is causing the child distress—not in the child’s brain but in the child’s social context. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/suffer-the-children/201203/why-french-kids-dont-have-adhd Continue reading Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

On Technology and its Effect on Human Complexity

David Brooks, author of The Social Animal (a great read on love character and achievement) wrote the New York Times how technology-driven losses in attention span are interfering with our ability to become deep and complex people. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/10/opinion/david-brooks-building-attention-span.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad Continue reading On Technology and its Effect on Human Complexity

Depression is Contagious

From the April 2017 Newsletter of Michael D. Yapko, PhD link to Michael’s site Depression Has Reached Number One. That’s Depressing. Late last week (March 30th), the World Health Organization (WHO) released a powerful statement from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, declaring depression “the leading cause of ill health and  disability worldwide.” WHO estimates that more than 300 million people worldwide are now suffering a diagnosable … Continue reading Depression is Contagious

NOVEMBER IS GRATITUDE MONTH

A few years ago, after attending Evolution of Psychotherapy in California and meeting Martin Seligman, founder of Positive Psychology,  I started incorporating a gratitude practice into my end of day routine.  Each night, the last thing I do is to share with my spouse 3 things I am grateful for.  He does the same thing in return. The 3 things do not have to be … Continue reading NOVEMBER IS GRATITUDE MONTH

Position Statement of the Psychologists Association of Alberta

The following Position Statements have been formally adopted by the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. Albertans have a right to work in psychologically healthy workplaces Mental and behavioural health publicly funded services must reach parity with funding for physical health publicly funded services based on the burden of disease. All Albertans, regardless of income, should have access to psychological services Mental health counsellors and psychotherapists should … Continue reading Position Statement of the Psychologists Association of Alberta