Emotional Enlightenment, General

Radical Relating

Given that the term “radical” seems to be a buzzword in recent political news, a good topic to land on today seems to be the idea of “radical genuineness.” Radical genuineness is a term used in a type of therapy called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to describe validating someone’s distress which includes understanding their experience as equals, without viewing them as victims or as different from you.  It is respecting and understanding someone’s experience on a deeper level.  For those unfamiliar with dialectical behavior therapy, it’s a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy created by Marsha Linehan in the 1970’s for people struggling with intense emotional dysregulation, used today with good success and research support. Continue reading “Radical Relating”

Emotional Healing, General, Personal Stories

Psychologists can struggle too…

In the realm of psychology, it is not often that you hear of therapists or professionals admitting to their own struggles and emotional ups and downs.  We are supposed to be the models of emotional well-being, after all.  Well, guess what, we’re human too, with all sorts of messy stories and imperfections.  I think the greatest gift a therapist or any healer can give to others is the openness to be themselves and share that story, especially since healing from setbacks can be one of the greatest gifts to building oneself as a well-rounded and empathetic practitioner.  Continue reading “Psychologists can struggle too…”