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.
Not to brag — because I had nothing to do with it — but in elementary school I was considered smart enough that I skipped second grade. (This must have been based largely on my precocious ability to read, because my math skills have always been incredibly...read more
I predicted well before the election that Donald J. Trump’s immoral behaviors would never improve, and would instead worsen. I knew that where there was smoke (aka sexual assault, racism, and links to Russian mobsters) there would be fire. And, boy, do we have a fire....read more
Politics is all about compromise, which means both sides may not always get 100 percent of what they want. But what will happen when President Donald Trump does not get his way, perhaps when his spurious border wall is not approved by Congress? My prediction is that...read more
Just in time for those waning New Year’s Resolutions, is an amazing list of resources from The New York Times to improve your emotional and social functioning. Designed to be helpful for teachers to work with children, many of the articles are just as applicable to...read more