Making Changes You Want in Your Life
Life can get difficult, and sometimes a little help from a professional Psychologist can make things better. I care about your well-being and this is the reason I have provided some of the most important tools available to move your life in the direction you choose. No doubt you have found yourself at the end of your rope, alone. To help you along, I offer a Roadmap to Wellness that you can use for the rest of your life. Not only that, be sure to check out the many free resources available below, ranging from mindfulness and relaxation to trauma and vulnerability.
Those who cultivate mindfulness experience better outcomes.
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 background information on mindful practices, visit the websites in the Resources menu for information and exercises you can do at home or on the run. Caution: Do not close your eyes while driving!!!
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.
Selected Meditations on Forgiveness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbHKCy4f6Dk - Jack Kornfield guided meditation on forgiveness
Incidentally, on Tara Brach's website, you can search any topic and any of her readings or meditations will be listed.
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.