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 and attachment-focused child and family therapy. Trained in both Mindful Self-Compassion and Compassion-Focused Therapy.
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.
I have had several requests lately for information on how Self-Acceptance Psychology reframes emotional and behavioral problems. Rather than using the false "disease model" of "mental disorders" advocated for decades by psychiatrists and the Diagnostic and Statistical...read more
Mollie TIbbetts, a 20-year-old student at the University of Iowa, was allegedly murdered by Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a 24-year-old Mexican man. Many of the media narratives are about Rivera’s immigrant status or about women being treated as sexual objects and prey by...read more
With the guilty plea and conviction of two of Donald Trump’s closest staffers and friends, we are watching what for many of us is the predictable denouement of Trump’s presidency. Those of us with expertise in abusive and narcissistic relationship patterns have known...read more
This blog is for mental health professionals: I have had more than one person come into therapy saying they left their last therapist because he or she was too passive and non-responsive in therapy. “All they did was listen, but they didn’t offer me any feedback.” ...read more