By Lara Fielding | Sunday, November 4, 2012
I've been teaching a lot about compassion lately. I came across this brief review of the latest research, so I thought I would post it. Compassion skills are central when I teach the Opposite Action skill from DBT for emotions related to anger (irritation, frustration, annoyance). Most of the time, opposite action is just that, an action. But,... Read More
By Lara Fielding | Thursday, August 2, 2012
Half-Smile: A Breath Mint for MoodBecause primary emotions are hardwired in bodily expression, activating a posture, opposite to how you feel will help you to regulate the emotion. If you think about it, you will notice that the facial expressions of happy, sad, scared, angry, and disgusted are universally identifiable. No one has to teach us to recognize them. This being the case... Read More
By Lara Fielding Psy.D., Ed.M | Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Therapist-Psychologist: To-may-to, To-mah-to??? Most people seeking psychological and mental health services do not know the degree their clinician holds, or the difference between degrees. The generic term “therapist” is broadly applied to clinicians, regardless of degree. For example, it is not widely known that: The term “therapist” requires... Read More
By Lara Fielding Psy.D., Ed.M | Thursday, August 11, 2011
This WSJ article discusses and normalizes some of the common difficulties people have finding the right therapist for them. Highlighted is the fact that one size does not fit all, and sometimes it is best to “shop around” before settling on who is the best clinician for you. Read More