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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.

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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

Autism Due to Over-use of Electronics?

I am sharing a blog from Mad in America that offers intriguing insight and research on possible causes of autism being linked to use of electronic screens. Statistics show an exponential increase in the incidence of autism, now called autistic spectrum disorder (ASD),...

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Perfectionism is Healed by Self-Acceptance

Perfectionism is a common problem and is directly related to feelings of low self-worth or lack of self-acceptance. This article is a very nice summary of how perfectionism arises due to a lack of secure attachment to a parent. What follows is a striving to "fix" the...

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