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We don’t develop courage by being happy every day

We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. – Barbara de Angelis – I am glad to see this “pushback “around happiness. As with many good ideas that come into public conversation for good reason this focus on happiness is wonderful and questionable. With […]

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Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable, by Alan Briskin

It may be helpful for therapists to think of themselves as gardeners of synchronicity. One of my mentors, Dr. Milton Erickson spoke of encouraging clients to go out and see the world, and be open to experiences and “accidents” which their own consciousness’ could integrate as new ways of learning and dealing with difficulties. As well, this article stresses […]

Celebrate Leading Edge’s 25th Anniversary!

If you’re reading this there’s a good chance you’ve been to a Leading Edge Seminars workshop. And if so, there’s also a good chance that you may have come more than once over the past 25 years and while you have grown as a mental health care professional and helper of people, Leading Edge Seminars […]

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Monotasking

I think human beings have had to multitask for a long time. Our ancestors might have said “That looks like good fruit in the tree and what’s that furry thing over there?”. Attention to multiple things in our surroundings kept some of us alive. The DNA of those monotaskers did not get passed on for long. But while our evolutionary history may […]

Treat mental health problems with positive memories?

Therapists are often challenged as to what is the most productive focus of the therapeutic conversation. Clients have the need to spend time on the issues and negative thoughts that bring them to another for help. Sometimes, however, if we focus only on these we may be missing the opportunity to learn new ways of thinking and […]

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Is Reverence The Next Big Thing?

My role is to stay informed about what is influencing the world of psychotherapy. The changes keep coming. Always have. Always will. In this century there are many positive and exciting developments. Among these are integrating ideas about mindfulness, self-compassion presence, and kindness. These are not “therapies “but more attitudes and the encouragement of awareness. I think […]

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Are parents on their devices influencing their young child?

When I see parents with young children on their digital devices I worry about the lack of attention to their kids. And then I wonder if I’m just an old fogey not accepting new realities. Just like my mother who said “who needs colour TV, black-and-white looks just fine to me”. But this article has some research that confirms […]