Mindfulness and the 3-Part Breath

Jan 12, 2016

In the first article of this Path to Mindfulness series, I introduced the concept of mindfulness and explored how you can begin to hone your focus and awareness by really observing a concrete object. Now that you’ve learned how to be mindful of an object, you will learn how you can start to be mindful of yourself. This article will discuss how you can begin to focus your attention inwards by becoming fully aware of your breath. Breath is a [ + ]

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Carmichael Psychology’s Check-In Program – Keeping Therapy Fresh and Engaging

Measuring progress in therapy requires an objective analysis of the big picture. When new clients book a visit with me because they’re considering a switch from their current therapist, one of the most common reasons they offer for switching is that they have “gotten into a rut.” Their first few sessions went really well and they talked a lot about goals, but then somehow it drifted away from an organized pursuit of those goals and got int [ + ]

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How to Choose a Therapist

There are many things to consider in choosing a therapist and I have often been asked which is the most important. It’s hard to say exactly which ingredient is the most important, but good rapport is certainly a vital component of a positive client-therapist alliance. When clients feel that they are understood in an environment with genuine concern, it is easier to expect positive results. Beyond the therapeutic alliance, there are also [ + ]

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The Marriage Whisperer

As a practicing clinical psychologist, I have found that the best outcomes occur when the therapist and client are a “good fit.” That is part of the reason I employ a diverse staff of associates: to maximize the chance of a client finding a good fit. I recently spoke with two women who shared the same goal of getting married, but had very different circumstances and sets of obstacles to overcome.   Take a look at their situations below, a [ + ]

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Starting My Own Business- 5 Lessons Learned

In May 2012, I was finishing my final licensing hours after six long years of full-time doctoral training. It was such a relief to be eligible for a good salary with benefits after all those years of squeaking by on student loans and credit cards. And so deciding to leave that full-time job to focus exclusively on my own practice was daunting, to say the least. I was terrified to leave the security of a stable job and regular paycheck, but I knew [ + ]

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