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Sunday 30 November 2014

Video post on Hoarders and Hoarding -- Just in Time for the Holidays!

by Stephen B.Chadwick, MA Counselling Psychology.

Hello Friends,
Just finished a new video post on Hoarding and Hoarders. Check it out on youtube.
If you have more questions related to this topic, again please check out the website: or the blog: or leave a comment on the youtube channel.

Take Care,

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Thursday 27 November 2014

New Video post on Hoarders, soon


Within the next few days I will be uploading another video to Youtube.

This time the topic will be hoarding and hoarders. Check out my video on youtube then.
Regards and Take Care,


Monday 24 November 2014

Objectification: Using people as objects. A lesson from the antics of Bill Cosby and Jian Ghomeshi

by Stephen B.Chadwick, MA Counselling Psychology.

Bill Cosby
What with what has happened in the last few days and weeks in the media with first of all Jian Ghomeshi and then later with Bill Cosby, I thought I would talk a bit about objectification and abuses of power. Now, it must be stated that these things are not as simple as they seem from the outside observer. Anything that is risqué or scandalous sells in the general media. This we know.

But quite apart from wanting to follow the dirt on any particular celebrity, there are indeed a couple of interpersonal dynamics that are happening here with the Jian Ghomeshi incident (here in Canada) and then the Bill Cosby case in the United States.

And when it involves powerful people, especially in the media, sometimes it is more about the media scandal than it is about the people (both victim and perpetrator) in the scandal who were hurt.

Thursday 20 November 2014

Tove Lo tells it like it is: Addictions, Emotions and Substance Abuse

by Stephen B.Chadwick, MA Counselling Psychology.
Tove Lo

I recently watched Tove Lo's new video "Habits" also called "High all the Time" and I was struck by how startingly honest both the lyrics to the song and its accompanying video were. I'll leave the video for the end of the post, but for those who might currently be in recovery, you may or may not want to watch the video as it may be triggering and may (or may not) cause the viewer to want to use, especially if the viewer is in their early stages of recovery and their recovery is still rather fragile.

But suffice it to say that substances, whether alcohol or drugs or food or sex or gambling are really a means to self-soothe. Addictions and addictive behaviours are a way to self-medicate and assist an individual to manage their emotional states.

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Radicalization: Rebel With (or without) a Cause, Any Cause.

by Stephen B.Chadwick, MA Counselling Psychology.
Patty Hearst

So, Dear Friends,

It has been a while since I last posted, being very occupied with many other concerns. However I have been asked by a follower to elaborate a bit on the phenomenon of radicalization. Especially since we have of late been witnessing it so much in the media in the last number of months, what with the ISIS beheadings and of course, here in Canada, what has happened recently with Patrice Vincent and Nathan Cirillo.

The way I view the radicalization of young people seems to be not just one single answer, like: "they're brain-washed" but rather a combination of factors. Anybody remember Patty Hearst?

Or for that matter the Baader-Meinhof Group or "Rote Armee Fraktion"?

Or the "Moonies" as members of the Unification Church were once called?

Radicalization is perhaps then just the same type of phenomenon exhibited in other forms and in other times and eras.

Looking from the Outside In

by Stephen B.Chadwick, MA Counselling Psychology.

Often when you`re stuck in the middle of a problem, especially an emotional problem, conflict or crisis it can be extremely difficult, if not next to impossible, to get any kind of perspective on your own personal situation and what you youself might be grappling with.

Self-questioning, self-doubt can come up and the "gift" or "benefit" of having some empathy for yourself or self-forgiveness or just  "cutting yourself some slack" becomes crucial to healthy, psychological functioning.

In fact, this post could well have been called: D.I.Y. "How to cut yourself some slack"!