Emotions and Wellness

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.

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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.

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

The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

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 this 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. 

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 your body, which is of utmost importance for the process of healing. I recommend people stay away from transcendental meditations, and note that some forms of meditation can be triggering to people with trauma histories. If this sounds familiar to you, here is a podcast that you might appreciate. 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 your body, which is of utmost importance for the process of healing. I recommend people stay away from transcendental meditations, and note that some forms of meditation can be triggering to people with trauma histories. If this sounds familiar to you, here is a podcast that you might appreciate.  

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

True Refuge by Tara Brach

Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh