When I’m doing psychological counselling with clients, I keep the following resources in mind.
Mindfulness and Relaxation
To best achieve your goals during psychological counselling, doing some form of mindfulness or relaxation practice at least twice daily can help you be as free as possible from anxiety, tension, and the repeated negative thoughts of a depressed mind. As little as 5 minutes, several times a day can have amazing results. Research has shown the regular practice of mindfulness improves mood and reduces anxiety. Along with a background on mindful practices, the following websites provide examples of exercises you can do at home or on the run.
Information on Mindfulness
Love Affair with Life - a YouTube video introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Cultivating 9 Mindful Attitudes - a YouTube video that relates positive psychology to being in the moment (with Jon Kabat-Zinn)
UCLA’s Mindfulness Research Awareness Center - provides information, guidelines, and research on Mindfulness practices
Tara Brach - beautiful, well-paced, and calming mindfulness exercises posted since 2009.
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre – A wonderful set of guided mindfulness exercises accessible to children, teens, and adults, created by Dr. Vo, pediatrician, and Dr. Locke, psychiatrist, both at BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver.
BREATHR app! An excellent free app with several mindfulness exercises and guided meditations.
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.”
Working Through and Overcoming Trauma
- 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. He has been practicing all of these treatments for 18 years.
The treatments are:
- Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT),
- EMDR, and
- Mindfulness approaches to treatment.
Dr. Dawson gave the trauma presentation as part of BC Psychological Association’s Psychology Month, February, 2017.
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.
Canadian Psychological Association Fact sheet about PTSD.
BC Psychological Association Fact-sheet about Posttraumatic Stress