Is Mindfulness Alone an Effective Treatment for Anxiety?

Have you tried using mindfulness techniques, such as breathing exercises or meditation, to help with your anxiety? Is it working or do you believe something is missing? Although mindfulness has its benefits, by itself, it’s not always an effective treatment for anxiety.

Why Isn’t Mindfulness a “Magic Bullet” Treatment for Anxiety?

Let’s keep in mind that mindfulness can offer some help for those struggling with anxiety. For example, if you are feeling anxious about giving a presentation to a room full of your colleagues, practicing mindful breathing can be really helpful. Not…Read More

How Childhood Neglect Causes Self-Sabotage

I wrote previously about how self-sabotage negatively affects those who have been in abusive relationships. However, did you know that people who have been subject to neglect growing up also self-sabotage? Learned in childhood, it will have a negative effect on one’s life well into adulthood, including making life choices.

What is Self-Sabotage?

I described self-sabotage in an earlier post, so I’ll just do a quick recap here. I refer to self-sabotage as “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.” It’s when people undermine themselves, just when they…Read More

How Therapy Can Help You Make Positive Life Choices

pexels-photo-mediumIn my last few posts, I’ve talked about self-sabotage—what it is and why some people are particularly susceptible to it. In my experience, people who self-sabotage fall into two broad categories. Some experienced significant abuse in their childhoods. Others experienced significant neglect. In this post, I want to talk about how early experiences of abuse can cause self-sabotage later in life.

What is Self-Sabotage?

I described self-sabotage in an earlier post , so I’ll just do a quick recap here. I often refer to self-sabotage…Read More

Is Mindfulness Enough to Treat Symptoms of Depression?

pexels-photo-60778-medium-jpegLately, we’ve been talking about the benefits of mindfulness. When it works, you’re able to create some distance from the thoughts and feelings that create unhappiness. You can see these feelings as nothing more than passing thoughts, recognize them, and let them pass by. However, for some, mindfulness alone may not be enough to address the symptoms of depression.

Why Isn’t Depression Like Other Feelings?

To explain this, let’s look at an example of a client whose identity I changed to maintain confidentiality. This client struggled with depression and took medication…Read More

Can Mindfulness Meditation Relieve Anxiety Symptoms?

Have you been strupexels-photo-133021-medium-jpegggling with anxiety symptoms such as excessive worry, nervousness, and tension? Do these interfere with daily activities? It turns out that mindfulness meditation can be helpful for relieving anxiety symptoms.

What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness is a meditation practice that originated from Buddhist traditions. The objective is to observe your thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them.

Mindfulness involves sitting still and following your breath. As you notice thoughts and feelings you’ll probably get caught up in them. With practice, you’ll learn to bring yourself…Read More