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Five Secrets to a Stress-Proof Brain

This post originally featured on Psychology Today. When you’re stressed out, you feel thrown off balance. Your thoughts race as you imagine negative outcomes. Your heart pounds, and breathing gets shallow. Your muscles tighten. You feel as if you can’t sit still or think straight. Or you zone out with food,

Self-Soothing During Difficult Times

This post originally featured on PsychCentral. The ups and downs of bipolar disorder provide ripe ingredients for a crisis. During mania we may feel phenomenal and deny that a serious situation is occurring, but our behavior speaks differently. In depression or anxiety, we may feel a crisis acutely. It may come in

Why Art Therapy?

This post originally featured on Psych Central. There are a number of different forms of therapy and choosing which one is the best choice may prove to be a daunting task, especially when faced with low motivation and affect as a symptom of your mental illness. Typical therapies* include those where

Art Therapy as an Intervention for Psychosis

This post originally featured on the Psychiatry Advisor Expressive therapies are "complex interventions that combine psychotherapeutic techniques with activities aimed at promoting creative expression."1 The 2014 guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the Treatment of Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Adults recommend these modalities — including art

DBT Evidence Based Treatment for BPD!

This article was written by Peter King - Specialist therapist & educator in DBT, Somatic Trauma Therapy & Mindfulness. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, also known as DBT, is often seen as an option for GPs and mental health professionals seeking referral options for individuals with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress

Mindfulness: Improving Sports Performance & Reducing Sport Anxiety

This post was originally featured on believeperform. Athletes spend much of their time mentally and physically preparing for athletic competitions in hopes of improving playing performances. However, many athletes are inconsistent with their athletic performances due to anxiety, lack of self-confidence, and other barriers (Mamassis & Doganis, 2004). Athletes who experience

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Managing Chronic Pain

This article originally appeared on Clinical Pain Advisor. SAN ANTONIO — Still a recent form of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) combines dialectics and mindfulness meditation for therapeutic purposes.1 The goal with this method is to help patients “gain insight and skills to manage their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.” A

Mindfulness Intervention Effective for Distressing Voices in Psychosis

December 12, 2016 Share this content: Combined cognitive therapy and mindfulness can have lasting positive effects on behavior and mood. Group person-based cognitive therapy (PBCT), which integrates cognitive therapy with mindfulness, is effective in alleviating distress in individuals with psychosis who are hearing voices, according to a study conducted by a UK-based research

ACR: Mind-Body Training Improves Depression in SLE

November 21, 2016 This article originally appeared on Rheumatology Advisor. Share this content: No studies to date have evaluated psychotherapy approaches in people with lupus and comorbid depression. WASHINGTON, DC — A randomized controlled trial found that both Mind-Body Skills Training (MBST) and Supportive Counseling/Symptom Monitoring (SCSM) improved depressive symptoms in study participants with

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