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.
Check out a very worthwhile read in The New Yorker on the amazing parallels in dysfunctional, narcissistic behavior between Donald Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. The article is by Miranda Carter, who wrote a biography, “George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three...read more
Although the memories have dimmed over the years, I can still recall my terror when Ray, my husband at the time, would flip into a blackout rage. After hours of irrationally screaming, accusing, and threatening me, he would abruptly change personalities to an even...read more
A new book about parenting styles asks parents: Are you a “carpenter” or a “gardener? And which style is best for raising kids? In her book “The Gardener and the Carpenter," Alison Gopnik, a psychology and philosophy professor at University of California -...read more
Currently, three convicted criminals are running in the 2018 congressional races as Republicans. Even in the era of Trump, I find this a shocking statement. These are alleged crimes, accusations or arrests, but actual convictions. This is proof that the Republican...read more