It may seem silly – but my personal trainer just dumped me, giving me a glimpse into what clients may feel when they hear that their therapist is leaving or transitioning, and will no longer be able to see them.
I literally just saw my trainer yesterday. And then today, I get a call from some other trainer – a “new guy” – telling me that he is taking over my former trainer’s clients. (What?) And, he wants to schedule a time for me to come in for a session! Surely, this must be a mistake – not only did I get dumped, I am already being set up! I mean, my last trainer and I haven’t really been seeing each other all that long, but he has witnessed me in some pretty vulnerable states, which will now be observed by someone else!
Continue reading Your Therapy: I Just Got Dumped, By My Personal Trainer, But Still
Anyone who has ever been in a serious relationship will tell you that maintaining a positive connection with a romantic partner is one of life’s most difficult challenges. But if there’s a will, there IS a way!
When you have two people hoping to share their hearts, families, futures, responsibilities, and all other aspects of their lives together, there’s simply no room for negligence, selfishness, or pettiness in their relationship. Just ask our very own Dr. Iris Reitzes, PhD. In her direct, honest, and eye-opening TedEx talk, the Talkspace clinical partner explains how so many couples that start out madly in love, end up in couples counseling fighting to save their marriages. Continue reading What Happens If Your Relationship Expires Every 7 Years?
Practicing meditation “means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment.”
You hear that it’s good for you on the news, on the radio, and from every health enthusiast you speak to, but do you understand how meditation works – like scientifically? If not, you’re in luck, because the guys at ASAPscience – you know, the ones we told you about last Friday? – have done it again! In a concise, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining manner, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown take you through the science of mediation in exactly 3 very informative minutes. And you should totally watch it! Continue reading The Scientific Power of Meditation – Decoded
When we think of communication, it may seem like there’s nothing to it, but it’s actually one of the most difficult things to do effectively. And, it can make a world of difference in every relationship we have once we learn how to do it better.
– by Anonymous Talkspace User
When I first started therapy, I didn’t think my communication skills were that bad – I actually thought they were fairly decent. But, I quickly learned that there was much room for improvement. The thing is, people are different, and when it comes to communicating, especially in an emotional state, there’s a lot that could go wrong. Subjective experiences tend to interfere a lot more than I’ve previously realized, and our expectations can significantly cloud our understanding of the words coming out of someone else’s mouth. Continue reading Dear Therapist: I’m Hearing You Say My Communication Skills Need Work
Whether we know it or not, we are all guilty of inattentional blindness, and it’s something we really need to be more mindful of.
Most of us would like to think that we’re pretty good at paying attention to the world around us – that we’re observant, detail oriented, and highly perceptive. But the truth is, we’re not. As shown by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons in their now infamous Invisible Gorilla experiment, our minds don’t really work the way we think they do. Continue reading Inattentional Blindness: What we can learn from The Invisible Gorilla experiment?
It’s no secret that understanding ourselves and those around us can help us control our emotions and behaviors. But it’s easier said than done.
– Guest Blog by David T. George, M.D. / Author of Untangling the Mind: Why We Behave The Way We Do
As a psychiatrist, I am impressed by the fact that people are often fearful to confront some of their inner-most thoughts and feelings. A number of unsettling questions are often buried in their minds: What is wrong with me? Why am I the way I am? Why do I behave the way I do?
Ever since Darwin’s groundbreaking work, we’ve known that the nervous system is driven by survival i.e., to respond to threat and to pursue reward. Here is how these “threats” translate into everyday life: Continue reading Author of Untangling the Mind Offers Insight Into Our Behaviors
We’ve already told you about how depression can affect your life, but we never quite explained the science behind it.
Luckily, we don’t have to – the wonderful folks at AsapScience beat us to it. Created by Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, The Science of Depression is under 4 minutes long, but perfectly describes what depression is, how it impacts the brain of the afflicted, and how it influences the person’s subsequent behavior. And, bless their hearts, they did it using colorful visuals to help us stay focused and pay attention. Continue reading The Science of Depression – Decoded
We decided to give you a more in-depth look at how some of our therapists use cognitive behavioral therapy online. We think it may be of interest to you.
First Things First, What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
As you may or may not know, cognitive behavioral therapy, otherwise known as CBT, is one of the more popular approaches to treating stress, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, substance abuse, relationship problems, and many other issues. Compared to traditional therapy, it focuses on what is happening in your present life, rather than delving deep into your past. So, chances are a few of you sighed with relief reading this just now.
Continue reading What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & How Is It Conducted Online?
Now that it’s been a while since I started therapy, I feel myself changing for the better, but I find that people’s perception of me remains the same. How do I help them see me in a different light?
– by Anonymous Talkspace User
From what I understand, the point of therapy is to come into my own, discover who I am, and figure out a way to change the less-than-awesome parts of my personality. It’s a tedious process that requires a lot of work, but I can happily report that it’s starting to pay off. The credit, however, is far from being all mine. I was paired with a very intelligent and thought provoking therapist, whom I have formed a great relationship with. Had I been paired with someone different, who knows what I’d be writing now. Continue reading Dear Therapist: How Do I Change People’s Perception of Me?
It is revolutionary for any trans (transgender) person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist. ~ Laverne Cox
Over the past couple of years the transgender community has gained a higher level of mainstream exposure. This is in part thanks to the transgender men and women who helped fight for equality at New York City’s Stonewall Inn riots back in the1960s. They, among many other social influencers, paved the way into popular culture for transgender individuals like Cher’s son Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox on the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black, as well as activists and authors like Janet Mock, who released last year’s Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Continue reading 6 Ways to Support a Transgender or Gender Nonconforming Person