Understanding Depression through the "Black Dog" 

At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don't know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable.

How Childhood Trauma affects the Brain

Childhood trauma isn't something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

 What is Bipolar Disorder? 

The word bipolar means 'two extremes.' For the many millions experiencing bipolar disorder around the world, life is split between two different realities: elation and depression. So what causes this disorder? And can it be treated? Helen M. Farrell describes the root causes and treatments for bipolar disorder.

What is Borderline Personality Disorder? 

A black cat does a lot more than just meow and purr, but it can explain borderline personality disorder like none other. Who knew.  Allow yourself to be amazed. 


Understanding Self-Compassion

It's all too easy to be extremely tough on ourselves; we need - at points - to get better at self-compassion. Here is an exercise in how to lessen the voices of self-flagellation. Let's face it without self compassion it's difficult to see a life that's worthwhile and meaningful. 

How Mindfulness Empowers us

Mindfulness allows us to see our thoughts and feelings as they really are, freeing us from old ways of thinking. Want to give it a try?


Brené Brown on Empathy 

What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.


How to Defeat Negative Thinking

Negative thinking can get the best of us at the worst of times. But there's hope! Positive psychology Coach Derrick Carpenter reveals two key tactics that will intercept and defeat these thoughts before they have a chance to infiltrate your life. Narration by Derrick Carpenter.

What is Dialectical Behavior? 

Dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents and young adults (DBT)  targets high risk, multi-problem adolescents. We specialize in identifying and treating depression and risky behavior in adolescents, including self-injury, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, substance use, binging and purging, risky sexual behavior, physical fighting, and other forms of risk-taking.


ACT Therapy- The Evolution of the Mind

Acceptance Commitment Therapy is about orienting yourself to your values and doing more meaningful, life-giving actions to increase your happiness. Unfortunately, there are many things that stand in the way of this. Using an evolutionary perspective, we see how the mind’s function to protect us has made it difficult for us to adapt to a modern world.

The 3 Happiness Myths

Using Acceptance Commitment Therapy principles, common ideas about happiness are put to the test. In human beings quest to be more happy, Dr. Russ Harris helps people expand their thinking about what happiness is and welcome a new perspective that may be more life-affirming.