Your Friend, Equanimity

In times of "rock bottom"... Though, hopefully not literally, as such was the case this weekend when my sweet little, Suki took a tumble through the gaps of my staircase to hit a carpeted bottom... Serious sigh...Ugh... There's a friend of mine I like to call in order to get me back on my (hopefully not fractured!) feet: Equanimity. As a "simple" practice of "resting" in a place of neutrality, not judging thoughts, feelings, or happenings as "good" or "bad," in practicality,

Beneath the Surface

What a difference between this past quarter and last. I went from posting nearly every day to barely at all. And not because I haven't been writing. In fact, it's been a full immersion in my writing offline that has kept me from posting online! In the past 10-weeks, my courses - Psychology of Relationships, Psychology of Human Development, and Counseling Process & Skills - required I take a deep dive into my own life's history (to maybe even resurface anew!). Throughout the p

To Be a Smuggler

Yesterday in Dr. Ling Lam's Foundations of Psychotherapy and Personality Development class, we learned about the concept of "smuggling." "I am all for smuggling!" he jokes... Seriously. With a demo video on the screen, showing us a bit of what not to do, we observed a psychologist using charts and graphs describing to the client what is considered to be "normal" for overcoming PTSD. Psychoeducation is important, Dr. Lam explains, "I prefer to smuggle it in there!" What Dr. La

Back in the UPSR

Tracking. Are you tracking your client? No, this doesn't mean giving someone a number or following their whereabouts. Rather, in the world of counseling psychology, tracking entails listening to your client so intently that you're understanding the details of their story, along with the associated emotions - packed or unpacked, covered or uncovered. It's about "attuning" so often Dr. Ling Lam says, discussing the foundations of therapeutic practice with his students at Santa