Self-Compassion

  • A good summary of self-compassion:

https://hbr.org/2018/09/give-yourself-a-break-the-power-of-self-compassion


  • Excellent website with videos and articles. This is a great place to start: 

http://selfcompassion.net/


Anxiety

  • National Institute for Mental Health site with symptoms, description, and resources: 

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml

  • This is a fun, useful perspective about social anxiety: 

http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/06/taming-mammoth-let-peoples-opinions-run-life.html



Bipolar Disorder

  • National Institute for Mental Health site with symptoms, description, and resources: 

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml


Grief

  • Good general article with resources: 

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/grief-loss/coping-with-grief-and-loss.htm


Depression

  • National Institute for Mental Health site with symptoms, description, and resources: 

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml


Online Support Groups and Hotlines

  • This site has support groups for all kinds of issues: 

https://www.dailystrength.org


  • This forum for anxiety has ads, but ignore them and read the posts: 

http://anxietyforum.net/forum/forum.php?s=35b60c84b197d9d28b4b53cbaa579742


  • Online chat and 24/7 phone support by the National Sex Abuse Hotline: 

https://www.rainn.org/index.php


  • Crisis text line/ this is a great site that provides free, confidential, 24/7 support: 

http://www.crisistextline.org/how-it-works/



General

  • Inspirational article about motivation and loving yourself: 

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/09/self-mastery-getting-things-done-for-free-spirits/

  • Psychotherapy Networker has great articles, with a new issue every month:

https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/magazine/current


  • ​​Nice short article explaining how self-confidence and self-compassion are linked:

https:​//trans4mind.com/counterpoint/index-happiness-wellbeing/shafer17.shtml



Guided Meditation

  • ​This is a review of several meditation apps:

​​http://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/top-iphone-android-apps#4



Coping with Pain

  • This is a short article outlining how psychotherapy can help with chronic pain: 

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/health/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=abo3945&


  • ​Video about chronic pain and how it affects people by a clinical psychologist, Dr. Jessica Pullins, and how psychotherapy can help. It is about an hour long, but is definitely worth watching: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2p6p4A6zIo


  • ​​This is an excellent summary of the idea of central sensitization, which is the idea that chronic pain develops when the central nervous system becomes changed by pain to become overly active and sensitive: 

https://www.painscience.com/articles/central-sensitization.php


  • A good summary of central sensitization:

https://www.instituteforchronicpain.org/blog/item/110-13from-degenerative-disc-disease-to-central-sensitization-a-paradigm-shift



Relationships

  • ​This is a very helpful article about conflict in relationships:

​​https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/compassion-matters/201302/stop-the-blame-game-in-your-relationship



Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • The basics. Read this first:

 https://www.psychlifejax.com/blog/2016/12/26/depression-and-cbt-how-to-change-your-thoughts-to-improve-your-life


  • This is a good explanation of CBT and some of the things we will talk about in therapy. It is longer, but worth it:

​​ https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/cbt-cognitive-restructuring-cognitive-distortions/