Book Review: The Mindful Elite by Jaime Kucinskas – Contemplative leaders & the growth of mindfulness

The Mindful Elite: Mobilizing from the inside out by Jaime Kucinskas (Oxford University Press) takes up the challenging investigation into the origins of the mindfulness juggernaut that includes everything from contemplative to the clinical and popular use of meditation. This is not the first investigation of the path Western forms mindfulness sans Buddhism has taken and [...]

Eat All You Want AND Lose Weight: Delicious delusions and terrible truths

It's Day 2 of 2019 and I am thrilled to say I'm not on a diet. As a lifelong poundage yo-yo attached to a weighing scale, I am very happy to find myself in a place where the leftover Xmas cookies (Really. Leftover!) aren't enticing me, the Baumkuchen I baked for my daughter's birthday is begging [...]

Is Your Mindfulness Program Trauma-Sensitive? 3 reasons you need to know and 3 questions to ask.

It was a busy day in the week about 16 or 17  years ago. Emails were still clunky communication channels, which was good because the voicemail I was listening to carried all the emotions we miss in typescript. She was scared, she said. Having a hard time breathing. After a treatment program. Meditation. Mindfulness. Please [...]

February is Psychology Month: Who needs psychotherapy?

Let's talk! Sometimes we just need a place where we can say what's in our heart and mind without fear of being ridiculed or punished. Psychological services such as psychotherapy offer that opportunity. It's a chance to examine how our thoughts, feelings, and actions come together either to help or hinder us in our relationships. [...]

Viewpoint Psychotherapy offers mindfulness workshops

Siobhan Nearey, Registered Psychotherapist and OMC-trained mindfulness teacher, has opened her private practice! Please visit Viewpoint Psychotherapy for information on the terrific workshops she will be offering.   DE-STRESS YOUR SPRING Three one-hour talks with Siobhan Nearey, Registered Psychotherapist, about reducing your stress and putting the spring back into your step! Special rate: All three talks for [...]

Book Review: Siddhartha’s Brain by James Kingsland

Siddhartha's Brain, written by science journalist James Kingsland, opens with what would be a somewhat shocking quote from Ajahn Amaro, a Buddhist monastic in the UK. We are all mentally ill. While this should not quite raise the eyebrows of mental health professionals, it is a rather bald (apologies to Ajahn Amaro!) statement to make in [...]

PTSD, Growth & Recovery: Bouncing Forward by Michaela Haas

Trauma and its sequelae are likely the greatest challenge we face as individuals who have experienced them and as healthcare professionals who try to help. For decades and generations, post-traumatic experiences have been misunderstood, mislabeled, and misrepresented. It wasn't that long ago when I found myself in a shouting match with a military medical healthcare [...]