I first read the Feeling Good text back when I studied counselling years ago. I was looking into Cognitive Therapy (sometimes referred to as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for the first time. This book introduced well the sorts of "distorted" or "dysfunctional" thinking that can lead to mental suffering. The last section, from memory, dealt with pharmacological support and this was of less interest to me, but overall a good read. The book has an accompanying workbook, which can be used to work - either on your own or with bibliotherapy with clients - to begin to catch your thoughts that precede emotions and begin to understand and alter those that are not working for you.
Feeling Good Podcast
I was excited to find this podcast featuring the author of the Feeling Good text. David is insightful, speaks clearly and provides examples (sometimes the examples are anecdotal and arguably lacking depth). The podcast is created for a wider audience than therapists, but can provide some avenues for further exploration by therapists. There are hundreds of episodes available and I would recommend starting from the beginning podcast in the series.
The podcast on Spotify
If you want an introduction to Cognitive Therapy by one of the individuals who helped create it, I would recommend David's book and podcast, followed by reviewing the texts of Aaron and Judith Beck.
Tracy and I got married online in February and finally met in May in Atlanta. I flew from Wellington to Atlanta and we met at the airport - it was a very exciting time! Meeting someone for the first time to whom you are already married is an interesting experience, to say the least. We travelled from Atlanta to Asheville, North Carolina (where Tracy lived) and we packed up her home for moving her things to New Zealand, before heading West for our honeymoon in Santa Fe, Arroyo Seco and Taos, New Mexico.
After Tracy and I had some days together, we stopped in Oklahoma on our trip to New Mexico, we spent several days close to where my mother lives, visiting her and going to cancer treatment with her. We then travelled to NM and then stopped back for a few more days at my mother's, before coming back to Asheville.
Travelling the USA and México
We are now enjoying our time together in Asheville, after travelling to Washington, D.C. for one night to pick up Tracy's daughter in D.C. We will be exploring this part of the USA, before travelling on to México for a few months. Eventually, we want to get into NZ, once the borders are open.
So, my posting here might be a bit patchy for awhile, as we travel, but I will be back to this site with new content about therapy, meditation and other topics, as I get time and connectivity.
"We all want a good death — a death where we’re surrounded by the people we love and don’t feel any fear or pain. A good death is what Ron Deprez wanted when his body became ravaged by ALS… and thanks to his daughter, Esmé, and Maine’s death with dignity legislation, that’s exactly what he got. In this episode, Esmé Deprez shares her father’s story with us."
Gerald's note: The story of a family farewelling their father as he leaves this world on a day of his choosing, in an environment he loved, and surrounded by family.
"Why should we be talking about death and dying? For the first episode of our new series, we talk to two people who have decided to spend their time helping others to have those difficult conversations. Megan Mooney, who runs a death cafe, and Barbara Altounyan, the Hospice Biographer, tell us about their work and explain just why having these conversations is so important for all of us."
Gerald's note: The second part of this interview, with Hospice Biographer Barbara Altounyan, was inspirational. I have been considering options for the use of Narrative Therapy and podcasts for the dying for a few years and this interview had me on the edge of my seat. I would like to be able to provide therapy while giving clients the option to share their stories and this podcast has me considering new options.
"At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life."
Gerald's note: BJ Miller sparked my interest in working with the dying. His passion and compassion are inpirational and encouraged me to start following Zen Hospice and other social media sites. BJ's call for a rethinking of how we die is sometime I hope to consider on this site.
Therapy Aroha Ltd is based in Aotearoa New Zealand and we provide counselling, death doula and training services
online, in Wellington and the top of the South Island of Aotearoa NZ. Our online services include counselling and
training and in-person services include therapeutic and educational consultations, as well as end-of-life support