The journey to self-compassion lies in developing greater tolerance of the body’s defense mechanisms that show up as defensiveness.
If you want to prepare for therapy, one of the best things you can do prior to your session is to do some background reading on how trauma manifests and about the therapeutic approach decided upon by you and your therapist.
So much has been said in 2020 about destigmatizing or decolonizing mental health services, but what do we really mean? It's an opportunity to step back and consider how as providers we send subtle and not so subtle messages regarding normalcy.
Retreating is a form of wisdom and an act of self-care to feed the soul, body and mind.
Shaming is a way to deflect attention away from personal discomfort and emotional pain.
Self-compassion is an import from Buddhist psychology that works well with mindfulness to calm our inner critic.
We're wired for all the things that promote survival and anxiety is one of them. Where does fear mongering go overboard?