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As of May 14, 2013, I will blogging from www.psychologyforgrowth.com. It’s also a WordPress theme, so WP bloggers can easily add comments and follow my updates using their username. The reason for the change was that I wanted to merge both my counselling and writing activities into one site.

Thanks again for checking out this site! You’re the reason why I continue to write and share what I’ve learned (and continue to learn) about psychology.

Richard Amaral, PhD

 

 

4 Comments
  1. Arlene permalink

    Hello Dr. Richard..I am enjoying the read. Can you please talk a little more on your work in Family Violence? Also, what keeps a woman going back to her abusive spouse?

    • Hi Arlene,

      The topic of family violence and spousal abuse is something that I’m passionate about. I spent several years facilitating groups for men and women who perpetrated domestic abuse, and women who had been victims of abuse. These were usually 12-week group-therapy sessions. The change I witnessed amongst participants was inspiring, and motivated me to do my dissertation in this area. My topic was on women aggressors: Women who had been physically abusive to their boyfriends or spouses. I developed a theory based on analyzing the stories of 9 women who had been violent at some point in their relationships. It was a fascinating experience that I’ll be writing about in my blog. I plan on beginning my series of Family Violence blogs sometime in late February. Stay tuned!

  2. Chris permalink

    Hello , Richard
    would you speak of anxiety attacks. A person wakes up one day with an anxiety attacks. It happens once , months later then becomes a daily disorder. would therapy be the way to go ?

    sincerely

    Chris

    • Hi Chris,

      Thanks for the question. Like many things, anxiety can creep into our lives and slowly become a regular occurrence. I’ve worked with several people who have told me that they can track the onset of their anxiety and panic attacks. Like yourself, it starts happening “once in a while” but then it seems to occur weekly, then almost daily. Yes, I do believe that therapy, with a focus on “Cognitions” or thinking patterns, can make a significant difference. Here’s a link to some detailed information on anxiety (and other issues) from the Canadian Psychological Association.

      http://www.cpa.ca/psychologyfactsheets/

      Feel free to email me at info@richardamaral.com if you would like to book a consultation session.

      Thanks again for the question!
      Richard

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