Behavioural Addictions! Please, Stop thinking they’re not real!

I have my own definition for addiction, the reason I use my own variation is I feel the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Psychology) misses the mark since it is built solely on criteria and except for gambling only classifies substances as addiction. Most other publications also miss the definition mark; to show this I…Read more »

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a series of natural and normal psychological processes used in a systematic sequence to create a relaxed mental state with greater receptivity to influence and change. That is a great definition if you are lecturing students, but really does it give you comfort? Does it reduce any fear if you have fear surrounding…Read more »

You Can’t Have Recovery, Without Relapse!

I know, that’s a really bold statement! I also know that as little as 2 weeks ago I would have said the exact opposite. I am one of those blessed people who entered a twelve-step program and never returned to the addiction portion of the emotional illness. So, I would have said; “recovery was totally possible…Read more »

Healing the Broken Heart

When you think of emotional pain, what is at the root cause of it? I can only think of two things beyond the realm of disorders. The two things that I came up with were relationships or traumatic experiences. Both of these together or apart have the ability to send someone into a tailspin. In…Read more »

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year Everyone,   There have and continue to be many lessons from 2016 that will resonate with me for years to come. I hope over the year I can share some of them however right now I want to focus on “New Year”…   So this is a new year! But, really what…Read more »