Yes, weight gain can often be psychological, especially in cases where people feel they need to be a certain weight or size in order to fit into a certain societal ideal. When people are unhappy with their weight, they may start to eat more or engage in other weight-gain behaviors in an attempt to cope with those feelings. This can lead to weight gain that is not necessarily healthy or sustainable.
Even if you feel there’s “nothing” to talk about, discussing how you feel in the moment can be beneficial. Topics can include reactions to previous sessions, any new experiences or feelings since the last session, or even discussing why you feel there might be “nothing” to talk about, as it can sometimes uncover underlying feelings or issues.
Positive psychology seeks to understand what makes life worth living, and to build on people’s strengths and virtues in order to enable them to thrive. It does this by looking at the factors that contribute to happiness and well-being, and by studying the effects of interventions that encourage people to flourish.
Psychology provides tools and frameworks for understanding and addressing shame. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), for instance, can help individuals recognize and challenge distorted beliefs that underlie feelings of guilt. Narrative therapy allows individuals to rewrite their personal stories, separating their identity from shameful experiences. Experiential therapies, such as Gestalt, allow individuals to relive and process moments of shame in a supportive setting. Through treatment, individuals can develop resilience and self-compassion, vital in combatting scandal.
There are three types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: inattentive type, hyperactive-impulsive type, and combined type. The inattentive type is characterized by problems with attention and focus but not hyperactivity or impulsivity. Hyperactive-impulsive type is characterized by problems with hyperactivity and impulsivity but not attention or focus. The combined type is characterized by problems of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity.
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for eating disorders, as the approach needed will vary depending on the type of eating disorder a person has. However, most treatments will involve a combination of psychological therapy and support, nutritional counseling, and sometimes medication.
There is evidence that Psychodynamic Therapy is effective in the treatment of a number of mental health disorders, including PTSD and depression. The goal of this type of therapy is to help patients understand the root cause of their mental health issues, and to provide them with tools to cope with their symptoms. It can also be effective to help patients manage their emotions and behaviors.
Some common signs of hoarding include keeping large amounts of junk in the home, difficulty getting rid of belongings, difficulty organizing belongings, and excessive spending on possessions. hoarding can lead to serious health and safety risks, including fires, falls, and rodent or insect infestations. Hoarding can also cause emotional distress for the individual and their family members. If you or someone you know is showing signs of hoarding, it is important to get help from a mental health professional.
No, in order to be a counselling therapist in Alberta, you must have a master’s degree in counselling psychology from an accredited institution. You must also be registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists and have a valid licence to practise.
ADHD is considered a neurodivergent condition. This means that it is a neurological difference that affects how a person thinks, learns, and behaves. Consider neurodivergence as a spectrum with different levels of severity. ADHD falls somewhere on this spectrum. Some people with ADHD have mild symptoms, while others have more severe symptoms that significantly impact their daily life. However, all levels of severity are valid and should be respected.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that is used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It involves exposing patients to traumatic memories, in a safe and controlled environment, in order to help them learn to cope with and manage their symptoms.