Attachment theory explains how and why our earliest experiences in relationships (as far back as caregivers in infancy) influence how we will relate to ourselves and to others throughout our entire life. Attachment experiences and styles have also been linked to mental health, including many specific mental illnesses. As a clinician, I utilize an "attachment lens" in every situation, as it plays a key role in every person's life.
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From intimate romantic partners, to friends, family, and coworkers (and everyone in between), interpersonal relationships are the foundation of human life. Relationships are the most significant sources of love, belonging, and satisfaction..and can also cause disappointment and pain. But we literally can't survive without them. Learning how to navigate relationships and develop positive and healthy relational patterns are an important key to happiness and well-being.
It's not just a cliché - you really have to love yourself first...here is a good article explaining why.
The links below provide some educational resources on the different types, causes, and treatment options for eating disorders.
Read this powerful piece about why “It’s not our bodies that need changing: It’s our attitudes.” (Enns, K., Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute)
This Huffington Post article sheds some light on why eating disorder awareness is so important.
We hear the term all the time ... mindfulness, and practices associated with it, such as yoga and meditation, have become widely accepted, even "trendy" in our society. But it's more than just saying you're going to "live in the moment" - which is actually MUCH easier said than done. The concepts and benefits of mindfulness are intricate, and connected with many factors leading to improved wellness and health.
This article helps to explain what mindfulness really means.
We all feel down and "blah" at times. But how do you know if it's a natural human ailment that you can get through on your own, or a serious disease that may need clinical attention?
Fatigue is a common symptom of depression. And sometimes, being completely exhausted all the time can feel like depression. Here are some ways to combat it.
Psychotherapy". Sound intimidating?
If you are new to the idea of therapy, it can seem like a mystified concept. There are lots of misconceptions and false ideas about what therapy actually entails. And the truth is, therapy is different for everyone. It is highly influenced by your goals, the unique style and approach of the therapist, and the special relationship built between client and clinician.
The following links and articles shed some light on what therapy actually is:
What really makes a good therapist? Here are 5 important qualities for an effective clinician (ie. you are considered a partner in exploring and healing, not just a patient).