Monthly Archives: January 2013

Anxiety Has a Right to Exist

The above photo portrays a typical human response to anxiety: trying to tune it out, in this case quite vigorously! Everyone experiences anxiety sometimes, some of us more than others.  Many advocacy groups as well as pharmaceutical companies would like us to pathologize anxiety, assuming that it is something “wrong,” “bad,” or “abnormal.”

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We Hate What We Fear

As the wonderful Star Wars character Yoda says, fear leads to anger, and anger leads to hate. If we find ourselves hating, we can ask ourselves, “What is it that I am angry about?” Then, we can take it a crucial step further: “What am I afraid of?”

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Gay Marriage Rights, NOW, EVERYWHERE

Portland Mindfulness Therapy supports gay marriage rights – and we’re proud of it!  Want to help support our stance? We’d love to hear from you. This issue is the civil-rights issue of our day.  Those who stood in the way of gay marriage will be looked upon in coming decades as similar to those who […]

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Do I Need Therapy?

I’m guessing most people in this country at one time or another have at least considered getting some professional help, some therapy or counseling. When deciding whether one “needs” therapy or counseling (I will use those two words “therapy” and “counseling” interchangeably here), it can be useful to consider some questions.

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