Are Psychedelics Right for You? What You Need to Know

You can’t miss it. If you use social media, Netflix, television, or listen to podcasts, you have likely noticed increased attention on the therapeutic use of psychedelics. Maybe you’ve read Michael Pollan’s book How to Change your Mind or watched a documentary on microdosing in Silicon Valley. However, this topic is not actually a new … Read more Are Psychedelics Right for You? What You Need to Know

Lovingkindness meditation series

In times of difficulty one of the most helpful things to do is to simply respond with kindness. But that’s often easier said than done and it takes practice. Lovingkindness (LKM) or Metta meditation is a way to practice intentionally cultivating an attitude of kindness and friendliness, both to yourself and others. We’ve just recorded a new set of guided meditations that take you through the four phases of LKM which you can now find on our website here (under the Lovingkindness meditation series (female voice) heading). And in case you think this is all too warm and fuzzy for you, here are 21 science-based reasons to try Lovingkindness Meditation from our sister website ACTwithCompassion.

Ditch self-care. Try values instead.

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”– Jack Kornfield I have a secret, one that I hide from most of my other therapist friends and colleagues. I hate the concept of self-care. There, I said it. My name is Jenna, I am a therapist, and I say f%&k self-care! That could get … Read more Ditch self-care. Try values instead.

Shame and substance use are not related: Surprising results from the first ever meta-analysis of this relationship

Many researchers and theorists discuss shame as an inherently negative emotion that is always problematic. In this view, shame involves negatively evaluating one’s self and is often contrasted with guilt, which involves negatively evaluating one’s behavior. According to this view, shame motivates people to avoid situations and withdraw from others so that they can protect … Read more Shame and substance use are not related: Surprising results from the first ever meta-analysis of this relationship

So…Whatever Happened to Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Lose 20 pounds. Find a husband. Makeover every room the Marie Kondo way. How’s it going? At the beginning of your shiny new year, all of your New Year’s Resolutions probably seemed possible and hopes of accomplishing your goals were high. But now, just a few months in, well…not anymore. You don’t meal prep the … Read more So…Whatever Happened to Your New Year’s Resolutions?

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