You might find the following resources helpful on your journey toward greater well-being:

On Psychotherapy, Self-Understanding, and Choosing a Therapist

  • Looking for Dr. Listen-Good: Originally published in the January 2003 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, this article by Martha Beck offers timeless, practical advice on determining whether counseling is right for you and on how to choose a therapist.
  • How To Choose a Counselor or Therapist: The founder and CEO of the online therapist directory GoodTherapy offers some good advice here.
  • Getting to Know Me [pdf]: In this article from the November/December 2010 issue of Scientific American, author Jonathan Shedler, PhD, discusses the powerful benefits of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • The Science of Character: This is a wonderful video from The VIA Institute on Character. I recommend it for the glimpse it provides into a strengths-based approach to counseling. It inspires you to ask “how do I want to be?”, and it makes the work of becoming the best version of yourself look like fun!
  • Atlas of Emotions: Take a visual journey through five “continents” of emotion that are universal to being human: anger, fear, disgust, sadness, and enjoyment. Learn how these emotions arise, how they vary in intensity, and what effects they can have. This tool helps promote a clearer understanding of your emotions, which can lead to a state of calm as well as better judgment and decision-making. Commissioned by the Dalai Lama, this project was a collaborative effort involving emotion expert Dr. Paul Ekman, empathy researcher Dr. Eve Ekman, and the data visualization company Stamen Design.

On Relationships and the “Science of Love”

On Self-Care and Mind-Body Medicine

  • The Center for Mind-Body Medicine: Here you can learn more about mind-body medicine skills and the programs and work of the Center, which is directed by Dr. James S. Gordon, former chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey out of Depression.
  • The Center for Healthy Minds: The brainchild of world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson, this Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, conducts rigorous research into mindfulness, pro-social behavior, and well-being. Visit its website for links to its publications and programs.
  • Take in the Good: In this talk at Chicago Ideas Week 2013, neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson explains how we can outsmart our negativity bias and “feed the wolf of love” in our lives every day.
  • This is a contemporary multi-media initiative covering “all things mindfulness.”

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