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Depression

To tell you why you are depressed, I have to tell you some things about your nervous system. First off, in the olden days, pre-1995, before Stephen Porges published his Polyvagal theory, the world thought of the nervous system as “fight or flight,” or “rest and...

  What The Vagus Nerve Is And Why You Should Know About It Simply put, the Vagus nerve is your 10th cranial nerve. You have 12 cranial nerves in all, and the 10th one is super special. It’s called the Vagus nerve because it comes from a Latin...

Ever wondered, why don't I like myself? Don't worry. You're not the only one. The “real” reasons you don't like yourself go deeper. They're more fundamental. And they go way back....

The way you learn to handle your feelings is, first, by learning all the tricks to “manage” them with mindfulness and will power. You can learn and practice those on your own all day, every day....

When you think, “trauma,” I bet you picture the emergency room in a hospital. Head injuries, blood, stuff like that. While that is definitely trauma, it's not what we mean in the therapy world....

Let’s face it, the mind is a pretty vague concept. Unlike the kidneys, the liver or the heart, practically no one has the same definition of what the mind is and what it does. So, here’s what the mind is from my perspective....

When you Google, “what is psychotherapy,” you will find that the first entry out of more than 29 million search results is this simple definition, “the treatment of mental disorder by psychological rather than medical means.” While this definition is partly accurate, it doesn't help...

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