This blog is a collection of articles on the different kinds of topics that come up in therapy sessions. It is inspired by my experience as a therapist working alongside individuals on their journeys of change and growth and written in hopes of providing some food for thought and useful information for you to explore on your own.
It’s easy to get lost with all the mental health resources available out there. Here are some links to help you begin navigating the resources available in Hong Kong.
When I meet clients for the first time, I always tell them a little bit about what to expect from me and how I work with them as a therapist. One of the things I talk about is how the therapeutic process will sometimes shift back and forth between the here and now and what has happened for them in the past.
We mostly think of addictions in terms of alcohol or drugs but addictions or compulsive behaviours come in many forms. Even ordinary behaviours and ways of thinking can be addictive if done obsessively or compulsively. Think of overeating, overworking, and constantly worrying that the worst will happen.
One of the reasons why anxiety in the workplace is so challenging is because in addition to the inner experience of worry, there is also an externally oriented concern about performance.
Even though our attachment style can be traced back to our earliest relationships, it isn’t set in stone and it isn’t the case that it cannot be changed. The extent to which we are able to become securely attached later in life is fortunately determined less by our early relationships and more by a combination of how aware we are of ourselves and strengthening the skills for healthy, secure attachments.
Studies have shown that while the majority of people (over 50%) find warm and mutually loving relationships come naturally to them, around 20% have anxious attachment styles and 25% have avoidant attachment styles.