Harper West is a licensed psychotherapist and expert in improving relationships with yourself and others through self-acceptance. She is an expert in recovery from relationships with narcissistic or abusive partners or parents. Providing relationship therapy using Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, child and family therapy, Mindful Self-compassion training, and assertiveness training.
Peter Mayer’s song Japanese Bowl (on YouTube) explains this philosophy beautifully.
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The ability to handle shame, imperfection and failure
is self-actualization and enlightenment.
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.
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.
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.
A recent episode of the NPR radio show Snap Judgment had a fascinating piece that caused me to again speak out to challenge the psychiatric assumptions that autism is a discrete biological “mental disorder”. (The DSM-5 now uses the term Autism Spectrum Disorder....read more
The traits of narcissistic or abusive people can seem like a hodgepodge of unrelated behaviors. But if you understand the underlying problem — low self worth — these traits can begin to make more sense and it can be easier to spot them early in relationships. (So you...read more
This statistic should shock: Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.(1) I hear about these relationships all the time in therapy, from teens experiencing toxic...read more
After each major gun incident pundits revisit the debate: Are mass shooters mentally ill? Conservatives and gun owners s claim that mental illness is the real problem, not the prevalence of gun ownership. Of course, statistics and common sense refute this illogical...read more