Op/Com: When help harms – the unintended adverse effects of psychotherapy

Psychotherapy (or talk therapy) is a divisive topic. To some, it’s a saving grace. To others, it is nothing more than a scam. Efficacy studies on the positive impact of psychotherapy have also been varied. The American Psychiatric Association estimated that up to 75% of individuals who have had psychotherapy benefitted from it. Moritz etContinue reading “Op/Com: When help harms – the unintended adverse effects of psychotherapy”

Op/Com: Pandemic Fatigue – The Reason We Struggle with COVID-19 Restrictions?

When the most recent partial lockdown was announced (i.e. “Phase 2 – Heightened Alert”, 16 May – 13 June 2021), I felt a tinge of anger. I had just gotten into the rhythm of going to exercise classes a few times each week, and felt robbed of my routine. An added sting came from theContinue reading “Op/Com: Pandemic Fatigue – The Reason We Struggle with COVID-19 Restrictions?”

Op/Com: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) – Deceptively Simple, Genuinely Complex

Recently, I was on the Internet when a rant in an online forum caught my attention. It was from a supposed psychotherapist who was currently undergoing therapy themselves (gender neutral). In it, they shared their exasperation with CBT and positive psychology, going on about how ‘CBT invalidates people’s feelings by reducing it to their thoughts’,Continue reading “Op/Com: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) – Deceptively Simple, Genuinely Complex”

Op/Com: A Psychologist Reads, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed”, by Lori Gottlieb

In this memoir by psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb, the author finds herself in therapy after a personally devastating crisis. She proceeds to honestly and engagingly chronicle her experiences of being a therapist, and of being in therapy. This was a book I truly enjoyed reading, both in the capacity of a therapist, and simply as myself.Continue reading “Op/Com: A Psychologist Reads, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed”, by Lori Gottlieb”

To Blog or Not To Blog?

It has been over 4 months since Blue. started. During this time, one thing has constantly been on our minds – how do we envision this project to be in future? Will it simply exist as a platform for pro-bono consultations? Is there room to grow this space into something more? How can we differentiateContinue reading “To Blog or Not To Blog?”