How I came to offer EEG neurofeedback into my psychotherapy practice

A year ago I came across a video talk about neurofeedback by psychiatrist and trauma specialist, Bessel Van der Kolk. He was promoting EEG neurofeedback as a powerful treatment for PTSD and developmental trauma. This promising intervention intrigued me.  As a veteran of hospital based frontline mental health services, I am acutely aware of the lack … Continue reading How I came to offer EEG neurofeedback into my psychotherapy practice

Why I meditate: Reflections from a long term (and not very good) meditator

The one voluntary activity I have been doing regularly in my adult life is meditation. This was a huge realization to me when I sat down to meditate this morning. I am a terrible meditator despite doing it for so many years. So why do I continue? The first time I was introduced to meditation … Continue reading Why I meditate: Reflections from a long term (and not very good) meditator

How participating in sports can help kids improve mental fitness and self regulation

Sports have a lot to teach kids about mental fitness and emotional self regulation. This week I attended the Toronto City track meet with hundreds of kids competing their hearts out to place in their events.  Emotions ran very high from excitement and glory, to anxiety, defeat and despair. Those who did well were the … Continue reading How participating in sports can help kids improve mental fitness and self regulation

How mindfulness can help us ride the waves of our emotions: An introduction to MAST

“We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” — Thomas S. Monsoon “Mindfulness doesn’t work for me … I can’t stop thinking.” This is a comment I often hear when I teach MAST (Mindful Awarenss Stabilization Training)  an introductory mindfulness class for emotion regulation. Typically, people come to learn mindfulness at a … Continue reading How mindfulness can help us ride the waves of our emotions: An introduction to MAST