I am taking a Zoom workshop on how to live with a chronic health problem, and Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions is the manual they are using. From what both the book authors and the Zoom workshop facilitators say, the strategies for dealing with chronic illness are theContinue Reading

Martin Seligman is the founder of Positive Psychology. In 1998, he was selected to be the president of the American Psychological Association. He became disenchanted with how psychology emphasized what is wrong with people, and mostly ignored what is right with people. This wasn’t always the case, but became theContinue Reading

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been around since the 1960s. It was developed at the same time by Albert Ellis in New York City, and Aaron Beck in Philadelphia, who apparently both weren’t aware of the other’s work. Albert Ellis was a prolific writer, but personally, I like Aaron Beck’sContinue Reading

In the 60’s and 70’s, when I grew up, youth and young adults were experimenting with a lot of things. If you were angry, you needed to express it. Guilt and shame were bad and wrong. Recently the idea about guilt and shame is being revisited. At the core ofContinue Reading

Mindfulness is a Buddhist practice of meditation, and for a few decades, has been used alone or in combination with other therapies, to promote mental health. I learned about mindfulness from listening to an interview of Jon Kabat-Zinn on CBC’s Tapestry radio show. He was a doctor at a cancerContinue Reading

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) has been used to effectively overcome the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD has traditionally been diagnosed with people who have experienced severe trauma, like severe childhood abuse, and trauma experienced soldiers, police officers, paramedics, and firefighters. Complex PTSD is a newContinue Reading