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Human Psyche / May 2, 2024

The Psyche and Racial Trauma: Pathways to Healing Our Wounds

In the exploration of the human psyche—a complex and intricate entity within us—we come face to face with the multifaceted nature of our experiences, including the profound impact of racial trauma. This form of trauma is not just an external event but an internal wound that resides deep within the…
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INDIVIDUATION / April 18, 2024

Individuation and Deconditioning: The Path to Self-Realization

The journey towards self-realization is a transformative process of individuation and deconditioning. This path, rich in depth and complexity, involves shedding the layers of imposed beliefs, societal norms, and inherited narratives to uncover the authentic self. It's a profound psychological metamorphosis that can lead to a harmonious balance between one’s…
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Childhood Trauma / Trauma Healing / April 4, 2024

The Altered Tapestry: Trauma, Child Development, and the Promise of Neuroplasticity

The developing brain of a child is highly sensitive to the experiences encountered in the early years of life. When a child undergoes trauma, it's not just an emotional blow; it fundamentally alters the child’s brain development. This alteration can manifest in various ways, such as changes in the ability…
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Human Psyche / SELF-LOVE / March 21, 2024

From Shadow to Wholeness: Rediscovering Our Inherent Divine Worth

The human psyche is a profound landscape where socio-economic, etho-cultural, political, religious, legal, technological, environmental and ecological factors cast long shadows on our self-perception, self-esteem, and self-worth. Many of us come to harbor the belief that we are inherently deficient, defective, unwanted and evil. These unprocessed negative feeling states often…
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Mother Complex / Narcissist / March 10, 2024

Is my partner a narcissist or does he have a mother complex?

In the intricate dance of human relationships, we often find ourselves entangled in webs of emotion and behavior that can be challenging to navigate. One such complexity arises in the realm of romantic partnerships, where the line between narcissism and other psychological phenomena, such as the mother complex, can sometimes…
Narcissistic Wounding / March 1, 2024

The Echo of the Self: Navigating the Labyrinth of Narcissistic Wounding

In the depths of the human psyche, lies a complex and often misunderstood phenomenon known as the narcissistic wound. This emotional state, characterized by a profound sense of injury to one's self-esteem or self-worth, tends to linger within the recesses of our inner world, shaping our behaviors in ways that…
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Racial Complex / Uncategorized / February 1, 2024

Navigating the Racial Complex: Unveiling its Impact on Workplace Success for People of Color

Introduction Dr. Fanny Brewster (2017), in her book The racial complex: A Jungian perspective on culture and race, reminds us of America’s racism, racial complex and the paradoxical nature of living the American life. She echoes Carl Jung’s position on the importance of holding the tension of the opposites “to…
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Trauma Healing / October 20, 2023

Healing requires a confrontation with attitudes, ideas and perceptions that no longer serve us

In our journey to heal from past trauma, and to find meaning or reconnect with life, the teachings of the founder of Jungian Analytical Psychology, Swiss Psychiatrist, Depth Psychologist, Carl G. Jung (1875/1961) can offer illuminating insights toward healing, liberation, and wholeness. Jungian psychology sees value in uncovering the remedy…
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An Integrative Depth Psychological Approach to Mental Health and Wellness

In a world characterized by superficial engagement and quick fixes, it's essential to take a moment and go within to rediscover our inner depths where true wellness and wholeness reside. An integrative depth psychological approach to mental health promotes a holistic view of soul, our suffering and healing by shining…
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JUNETEENTH / June 19, 2023

Juneteenth and Psychological Liberation

What is Juneteenth? June 19th, more commonly known as Juneteenth, is the day in 1865 when the last enslaved peoples in Galveston, Texas, finally got the news that they were actually free, from physical bondage, two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. A celebration…
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DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY / Pride Month / SELF-LOVE / June 15, 2023

Navigating the Depths of Identity: Celebrating Pride Month through a Depth Psychotherapeutic Perspective

As we enter June, the majestical colors of the rainbow begin to unfurl in many parts of the world, signifying the start of Pride Month that calls for celebration of life. This month-long celebration is an affirmation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, inter-sex (LGBTQI+) community's resilience, courage, and…
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Let us talk about imposter syndrome / complex

Psychologically speaking, the imposter syndrome is a manifestation of Alfred Adler’s (1870/1937) inferiority complex. There are several definitions of a psychological complex, however, for the purpose of this writing, we will look at it with a Jungian, depth-psychological eye. The American Psychological Association (APA) defines complexes as a group or…
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INDIVIDUATION / SELF-LOVE / January 17, 2023

The process of Individuation

Individuation is the process of becoming who you really are and requires balanced ego function. Through the individuation process, the individual learns to develop the right relationship with the Self, complexes and the multiplicities of his/her/they/them lived experience.  Individuation is a lifelong process; a journey that leads you away from…
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MEN'S MENTAL HEALTH / December 22, 2022

Men have bad days

Men are not immune to emotional pain and suffering. Men struggle with poor mental health and often feel isolated due to fear and stigmatization.  According to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, one male dies by suicide every 14.4 minutes in the U.S. There are 3.9…
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SELF-LOVE / September 8, 2022

Steps towards a life of worth and self-love

Self-worth comes with archetypal healing qualities in that it helps us to value ourselves in a way that is beyond the mere use of the words. Self-worth comes from an internal well of love for self and love for the other.  This inner power of self-worth is such a beautiful…
JUNETEENTH / June 19, 2022

Celebrating Juneteenth 2022

Happy Juneteenth 2022. As we celebrate this important holiday that marked the official day that freed the former enslaved peoples of Texas on June 19, 1865, I would like to offer some reflection. It is critical to celebrate and be joyful in recognizing the freedom from the physical bondage, brutality,…
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Reflecting on Mental Health Awareness Month

May 2022 is Mental Health Awareness Month and a meaningful time for me to reflect on my decision to become a depth-oriented therapist, and what it means to attend to your mental health.   As a young sociology student in 1999, at the University of Guyana, we studied the implications of…
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DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY / June 28, 2020

Working with the Unconscious to Solve Mental Health Problems

The Unconscious The unconscious is the vast sum of operations of the mind that take place below the level of conscious awareness. The conscious mind contains all the thoughts, feelings, cognitions, and memories we acknowledge, while the unconscious consists of deeper mental processes not readily available to the conscious mind.…