This page is a bit of a hodgepodge. Here you will find resources that discuss emotions, wellness, depression, and the always popular topic of mindfulness.

Emotions and Wellness

Podcast #99: The Food Mood Connection (Laura Reagan, Therapy Chat) features popular body-oriented psychotherapist Leslie Korn who has published on health and wellness and is featured in what was reportedly the second most requested of the first 100 podcasts from Reagan’s series.

Podcast #134: It’s Not Always Depression, So What is It? (Laura Reagan, Therapy Chat) features an interview with Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW, who has a unique and helpful way of relating to core emotions.

TU73: Building Grit Through Self Compassion with Dr Kristin Neff In this talk, Kristin Neff talks self-compassion, narcissism, and mindfulness.

Boundaries

TU81: How Good Boundaries Actually Bring Us Closer, with Guest Juliane Taylor Shore “Therapist Uncensored co-hosts Ann Kelley and Sue Marriott join the founder of IPNB Psychotherapy of Austin, Dr. Juliane Taylor Shore, in a discussion on interpersonal neurobiology and how it relates to boundaries. We’ll explore the three types of boundaries, how to co-create boundaries and how to stay regulated using internal mechanisms. After this podcast, you may very well be on your way towards building your own “Jello wall” and better co-regulating yourself when you’re overwhelmed!”

Spiritual Bypass

Spiritual bypassing is the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs. It is much more common than we might think and, in fact, is so pervasive as to go largely unnoticed, except in its more obvious extremes.” Robert Augustus Masters, PhD (click here to read an excellent article called “Spiritual Bypassing: Avoidance in Holy Drag.”)

Podcast #137: What Is Spiritual Bypass? (Laura Reagan, Therapy Chat) More on this fascinating concept.

Mindfulness

Podcast #128: Mindfulness and Trauma (Laura Reagan, Therapy Chat) discusses an extremely important and rarely explored issue—how, when, and why certain approaches to meditation can be the wrong approach for people with trauma histories. 

The two podcasts listed above—#137 on Spiritual Bypass and #128 on Mindfulness and Trauma—are important reads for anyone who is in recovery from trauma, and who finds spirituality to be an important source of healing energy. These are not meant to warn anyone away, but rather to give people as much information as possible about common pitfalls for folks who may be particularly vulnerable.

There is an "app" and website called Insight Timer that is very helpful to anyone who is trying to develop a regular meditation practice.  It can be downloaded to your smart phone and allows free access to a healthy library of guided meditation materials.  There is a handy guide on the website that can help you understand the various styles of meditation.  It is my recommendation that anyone in therapy seek guided meditations in the groupings referenced as "Mindfulness" and "Movement".  These will help you become more connected to yourself and to your body, which is an important aspect of trauma recovery.

Yoga classes may also offer you opportunities for embodied healing. Look for classes that are taught by trauma informed instructors, or that offer you the chance to indicate whether you are comfortable with touch.

Additional Readings:

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

True Refuge by Tara Brach

Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

It’s Not Always Depression by Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW

The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman