Is Fasting an Effective Therapy for Weight Loss?
"With numerous best-selling books touting the advantages of fasting for weight loss, many people are wondering if fasting is a safe and effective way to lose weight. With New Year's resolutions approaching, this question seems more pertinent than ever." More...
The Beauty of Saying "No"
"We are inundated with requests every day - from our employer, from our family, and - perhaps most destructively - from ourselves. And in a society that perpetuates the message that multitasking and ultra-productivity are requirements for self-worth, we feel as though we simply can't say "no."" More...
Be Careful About What You Read Online
"A patient recently reported to me that they feel guilty about their impending divorce. Surprised to hear this because I thought these issues were settled, she informed me about some online articles she read about marriage and divorce. Specifically..." More...
Can Neurofeedback Help Musical Performance?
"Since 2003 there has been more research on how spending time in deep states of consciousness, through neurofeedback, meditation, or hypnosis, can foster creativity. It's not clear how this works, but it appears that some of our best talents lie past what we can affect consciously. You can't make yourself more creative, or more engaged, but you can make it more likely that you will end up in a creative and engaged state." More...
Handling Blocks to Any Inner Practice—Meditation, Yoga, Gratitude, Mindfulness
"When you try to change your life for better, sometimes you bump into a block, such as distracting thoughts. Blocks are common. They’re not bad or wrong—but they do get in the way. What works is to explore them with self-acceptance, and see what you can learn about yourself. One valuable aspect of taking in the good is that it often reveals other issues, such as an underlying reluctance to let yourself feel good. Then you can address these issues with the suggestions below. With practice and time, blocks usually fade away." More...
The Ego's Way of Handling the Now
"If all “experience” is thought to solely occur to the ego, then how does the ego as a mistaken identity handle the now? Eckhart Tolle in The New Earth suggests that the ego could be defined as “a dysfunctional relationship with the present moment.” Tolle further offers three strategies the ego uses to regard the present moment:" More...
Creative Arts Therapy Can Help Veterans
"Through one of the coolest partnerships in the history of military services, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will provide art therapy to military patients at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia." More...
Psychotherapy, Boundaries and Ethics
"I am frequently asked questions from readers about whether a therapist's behavior was proper or ethical and, if improper, should they continue working with that therapist? In an article in Psychology Today magazine, writer Sharon K. Anderson, therapist and writer of the column, "The Ethical Therapist," lists some of the situations that may raise concerns about whether the therapist is behaving properly or not:" More...
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