Depression Affects Women and Men Differently, And What This Means For You

The worldwide rate of depression is going up. And we are also seeing an increase in the disparity between how depression affects women and men. For years, psychologists have known that depression affects women at higher rates than men. However, that rate has reached a new high. Women are now 2-3 times more likely than men to develop depression. Additionally, …

The best exercise for increasing your happiness

In this article, I describe an exciting exercise you can use to increase your self-esteem, happiness, hope, and well-being. Recent research has been focused on how people can increase their “subjective well-being,” which is another way of saying people’s positive emotions such as happiness, hope, optimism, etc. This article describes an exercise called “Best Possible Selves.” It is an exercise …

What is depression? Here are the symptoms and how it’s diagnosed

Depression – along with anxiety – has become a commonly used word in our contemporary lexicon. But despite its popularity, there might be less of an understanding of how the mental health community defines depression. In this article, I will outline the different types of depression. I hope this article will be useful in that it will bring into one …

End your pursuit of happiness Everyone wants to be happier.

Everyone wants to be happier. We want a better job, partner, apartment, a more meaningful life, to find our passion. Underlying these goals is a desire to feel better about ourselves. We want a little more happiness and a little less unhappiness. Just look at our social media feeds. No one is posting pictures of themselves in pajamas that they …

Social Media and Well-Being: What’s the connection?

As social media continues to become more popular, psychologists are growing interested in how social media affects a person’s well-being (which includes a person’s level of happiness, self-esteem, and self-image). Over the last few years, the picture has grown somewhat bleak: using social-media regularly seems to be related to lower levels of well-being (e.g. more anxiety, depression, and loneliness), and …

It’s Normal to be a Little Scared of Therapy.

And that’s OK. I’m not going to say that you shouldn’t be afraid of therapy. You are meeting for the first time some stranger who, let’s be honest, you may or may not like. And you’ll probably talk about things you don’t really love talking about. (Yes, let’s dig into my crippling anxiety, please.) And all of this is built …

(Part 3) Wilfred Bion and The Importance of Not-Knowing

Bion and Cure In beginning his first Los Angeles lecture on April 12, 1967, Bion encouraged the members of the audience to consider with him a patient. The patient is not a specific one: it is not one from his history or the history of an audience member. Rather, Bion instructed those present to think of the patient they “will …

(Part 2) Wilfred Bion and The Importance of Not-Knowing

Attacks on Linking Freud’s early theories were rooted in instinctual drives and their release; Klein reformulated drives as forces for object relations (S. A. Mitchell, 1981). While maintaining his adherence to the Kleinian oeuvre, Bion took the understanding of the way that internal (and external) objects relate by defining three major forms of linkages(Safran-Gerard, 2002). Bion designated these L, H, …

Wilfred Bion and The Importance of Not-Knowing (Part 1)

Throughout my time in training and practice, Wilfred Bion has been a figure of inspiration and challenge. His work can sometimes confuse more than illuminate. These three posts illustrate my understanding of some of Bion’s important ideas. Although a large portion of his (early) work was dedicated to understanding group dynamics (Pines, 1985), the forthcoming discussion will focus exclusively on …

The B.E.T.R. Method of Therapy: theoretical Background and Application

The B.E.T.R. Method is founded upon contemporary and traditional psychotherapy methods in order to create a new, revolutionary technique that will help you find lasting relief from depression. B.E.T.R. stands for: Behavioral Emotional Therapeutic Relationship These form the three pillars of the therapy provided at Therapy Summit. The foundation of the B.E.T.R. Method is the Therapeutic Relationship. Depression can be a soul-crushing thing for you to experience. We believe that …