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.
A number of years ago I read a blog by psychologist Shefali Tsabary, PhD, and liked it enough to include it on one of my parenting handouts on Reflective Listening. Just recently I stumbled upon Dr. Tsabary’s work again and realized she now has three bestselling books...read more
Do you seem to be passive in relationships and tolerate unhealthy behavior in your partners or family members? Do you find you have too many narcissistic people in your life? Have you been in an abusive relationship? A new study may offer a biological explanation for...read more
If you'd like to learn more about Compassion Focused Therapy, developed by Dr. Paul Gilbert, listen to or read the transcript of this interview on Australian radio of him and fellow compassion researcher Dr. James...read 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