When I’m doing psychological counselling with clients, I keep concepts and principles from the following resources in mind.
Mindfulness and Relaxation
To best achieve your goals during psychological counselling, it is recommended to do some form of mindfulness or relaxation practice twice daily. Research has shown the regular practice of mindfulness improves mood and reduces anxiety. Along with a background on mindful practices, these websites provide examples of recordings you can use at home.
Cultivating 9 Mindful Attitudes with Jon Kabat-Zin
Tara Brach - beautiful, well-paced, and calming mindfulness exercises posted since 2009.
The new BREATHR app is available now! I use this app myself, an excellent free app with several mindfulness exercises and guided meditations.
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre – A wonderful set of guided mindfulness exercises created by Dr. Vo, pediatrician, and Dr. Locke, psychiatrist, both at BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver.
Working Through or Overcoming Trauma
In these videos (Part I & Part II), Dr. Dawson talks about what trauma is, the difference between stress and trauma, traumatization and PTSD, ways of coping with and treating traumatization, and the chances of recovery from traumatization and PTSD. Dr. Dawson overviews different modes of treatment for traumatization including cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), EMDR, and mindfulness approaches to treatment.
Here is the powerpoint presentation about Overcoming Trauma and here are the video links to the presentation: Part I & Part II are each about 30 minutes long. To optimize viewing, change the size of the two windows so you can see both the powerpoint and the video at the same time. Consider using headphones or earbuds to optimize sound.
Dr. Dawson gave this presentation as part of BC Psychological Association’s Psychology Month, February, 2017.
BC Psychological Association fact-sheet about Posttraumatic Stress
The Benefits of Vulnerability
Brene Brown ted-talk – One of the top five most viewed TED talks. Dare to live greatly, Brown says. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”