PsyShrink Blog
Nov 19

Finding your feet on unfamiliar soil

The news you’ve been waiting for after the interviews, assessment centers and psychometric tests finally arrives “congratulations, we’d like to offer you the position”. You’re bowled over by feelings of elation and relief at the thoughts of being the one they picked. With the prospect of a great salary and exciting city center office, you pack your bags and look forward to starting a new life in a foreign land, brimming with opportunity and possibilities.

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Nov 19

You’d better shop around- the importance of carefully choosing a therapist

Let’s just say it . . . personal therapy is a service. And, just as with any other service, the consumer should be confident that their financial investment will be well served. Moreover, therapy is an investment of what is often as valuable as money, time. Thus, a consumer should have the piece-of-mind that their time will not be wasted.

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Nov 19

“How Does That Make You Feel?”: The Value of Accessing Authentic Emotion.

There are many potential roadblocks that can get in the way of people presenting for therapy. One of these is the stigma that is often attached to personal therapy as it comes with a host of clichés associated with therapists and the therapeutic process itself. The prominence of such stigma and negative clichés in fact prompted the founders of PsyShrink to incorporate a well-known pejorative term for therapists into the name of their practice. In this context, its use was intended to serve as a reclamation of a term that has long served to discredit the role of mental health professionals and the value of therapy itself.

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Nov 19

What is Mindfulness?

The practice of mindfulness meditation has been defined as training in “bringing one's complete attention to the present experience on a moment to moment basis” (Marlatt & Kristeller, 1999, p.68). But what does this mean, and why might mindfulness help you?

When we feel anxious or depressed, we tend to ruminate on our feelings. Why do I feel this way? I shouldn’t feel this way. Maybe I can pinpoint the cause... While this problem-solving strategy can work well when dealing with logical problems, it tends to fall flat when dealing with emotional issues. We get sucked into a pattern of brooding on the past or worrying about the future, which actually works to maintain or even deepen our mood state.

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Nov 19

Challenges During Transition

How many times have you wondered, how you ended up in this new country or go through in your mind the steps that were actually taken to bring you here? How many times have you said, “If I had known it was going to be like this, I would not have come.” Moving abroad can seem appealing and sometimes even romantic. It's a new step in your life often filled with hope, thoughts of a new challenges, and of course “interesting new experiences”. But perhaps you did not imagine it would be so difficult.

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