- People talk about changing themselves, whether just some minor aspect, perhaps a habit, annoying trait, or particular behaviour, or even revamping their entire personality and approach to living. But most people who care enough to actually make the effort to change, do so without a proper appreciation of how to …Read More »
- In a previous post, Relationship Anxiety, I discussed why and how interactions with others can introduce anxiety into our lives, and under certain conditions, can generate remarkable levels of stress. While it is often difficult enough for adults when their interactions with other adults threaten their sense of reality and security, …Read More »
- Over the last 25 years there has been a surprisingly rapid acceptance of “Mindfulness” practices into mainstream culture, including utilization as a therapeutic practice in the arena of psychology. Mindfulness is now offered to help reduce depression, anxiety, stress, physical pain, relationship conflict, eating disorders, and a wide array of …Read More »
- This article examines what I consider to be one of the primary limits to a richer understanding and utilization of Mindfulness. Historically rooted in the enlightenment teachings of Buddhism and Taoism, I see the proper practice of Mindfulness as offering a genuine pathway to psychological and spiritual growth. In terms …Read More »
- Most people tell themselves (or they are told), that they need to change, somehow control their behaviour, to just get a hold of themselves and simply stop being something (angry, jealous, anxious, depressed etc…). But the simple truth is we cannot successfully “force” our self into changing. That is simply misguided …Read More »
- As a psychologist specializing in working with couples struggling in their relationships, I often hear individuals tell me that even though they are angry or frustrated with their partner, they still love them and believe they are loved in return. When I ask them how they actually experience this love …Read More »
- My clinical experience in working with couples and individuals over the years suggests a fundamental lack of understanding of what it even means to have a truly loving relationship. In my previous article “Yes, But Do You Really Love Me,” I referred to a specific type of struggle that arises in relationships …Read More »
- “I love you.” When we use these three little words what do we mean, what are we actually saying? There have been occasions when working with distressed couples in my practice, when it looks as though all is lost and the relationship may be over. It is not uncommon at …Read More »
I obtained my Hons. B.A. and Master’s Degree in Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa. I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Windsor, in Ontario, in 1987. But even with three degrees in Psychology I was only at the beginning.
For two years I worked as the Psychologist on the Acute Treatment Unit at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ontario. There I worked with people suffering from delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, psychotic depression, mania — the full gamut of profound psychological disturbances.
- Member College of Psychologists (1989)
- Member British Columbia Psychological Association (1989)
- Member Canadian Psychological Association
- Registration # 0967
Mindfulness is now offered to help reduce depression, anxiety, stress, physical pain, relationship conflict, eating disorders, and a wide array of other distressing experiences.