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As of May 14, 2013, I will blogging from 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



  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 ?



    • 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.

      Feel free to email me at if you would like to book a consultation session.

      Thanks again for the question!

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