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Harper West, Psychotherapist & Author

About Harper West, Psychotherapist

Licensed psychotherapist in Clarkston, Michigan, helping clients experiencing Anxiety, Depression, Bi‑Polar Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Also providing Relationship Therapy, Child and Family Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation Training, Assertiveness Training, Anger Management and Domestic Violence Interventions.

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer, resulting in something more beautiful than the original. In celebrating a history of imperfections, the art form reminds us to embrace our own flaws, perhaps even finding the shining beauty and value in our healed scars.

Peter Mayer’s song Japanese Bowl (on YouTube) explains this philosophy beautifully.

Photo courtesy www.lakesidepottery.com

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The Power of Self-Acceptance

Do you want to feel more calm, contented and fulfilled? Be truly self-confident? Learn how achieving self-acceptance permanently frees the mind from low self-worth and self-blaming thoughts that lie at the heart of many experiences with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and other struggles.

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Improve Your Relationships

What emotion is most harmful to relationships? The answer may surprise you. Read a real life example of a rocky marriage and learn the root cause of most relationship difficulties, including high-conflict marriages and family relationships, domestic violence, abusive parenting, substance abuse and more.

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An Outraged Psychologist Speaks Out

Why are normal human reactions — fear, shame, self-criticism — incorrectly labeled as “mental disorders?” The “disease” model promoted by pharmaceutical manufacturers and our mental health system discourages people from seeking therapy that can lead to solutions to anxiety, depression and more.

Recent Posts

Not Normal: Announcing New Book on the Dangers of Donald Trump

Harper West, psychotherapist, is one of the authors of a forthcoming book “Not Normal: Toxic Leadership, Mental Illness, and Dangerous Times,” exploring the ethical issues of whether mental health professionals have a “duty to warn” about dangerous emotional instability in a leader.

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Listen to yourself. Don’t talk to yourself.

"Listen to yourself; don't talk to yourself." I heard this excellent advice from an Iraq veteran being interviewed on NPR today. Regrettably, I did not hear the start of the interview, so I did not get his name. Love this wisdom, whoever this young philosopher is. I...

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Helicopter Parenting: Why Are You Doing It?

This excellent infographic addresses the very real epidemic of helicopter parenting. I see this regularly in therapy sessions with children, especially teens and young adults. They often arrive with "depression" or over-regulated emotions, a lack of emotional...

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Trump is Psychologically Unfit for Office

As a psychotherapist, I watched in dismay as Donald Trump won the presidential election. His psychological problems seemed so obvious. His flagrant insecurity was exposed with each bragging Tweet, his rampant sociopathic bullying was on view at every rally, and his...

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