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Michael J. Formica
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Board Certified Counselor | Integral Life Coach | Blogger @ Psychology Today & Huffington Post
Board Certified Counselor | Integral Life Coach | Blogger @ Psychology Today & Huffington Post

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Stop the Mindfulness!!!

Mindfulness has become all the rage of late, particularly within the helping and healing professions. As with many Eastern practices co-opted by the West, similar to yoga and martial arts, mindfulness has become painfully diluted, moving further and further away from its Buddhist roots. That’s a problem, because, without its foundation, mindfulness loses all gravity and becomes an empty exercise; what many critics have come to call McMindfulness.

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Stop the Mindfulness!!! Mindfulness has become all the rage of late, particularly within the helping and healing professions. It has become a go-to modality for anything from acute traumatic stress to depression. As with many Eastern practices co-opted by the West, similar to yoga and martial arts, mindfulness has become painfully diluted, moving further and further away from its Buddhist roots, losing its gravity and becoming an empty exercise.

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[Online Workshop] My latest online workshop is available and begins December 21st! Finding your voice can support you in building the practice of your dreams. It’s taken me a long time to find my voice, and along the way I am grateful to have had the support and guidance of some incredibly generous mentors and colleagues whose guidance has led me along a unique path of professional development. I’ve developed a workshop for sharing some of those lessons here, providing you with guideposts for establishing an outline for your own unique journey. I’ve provided a link below for you to follow, and I hope you’ll join me on this journey! Registration closes Monday, December 

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When self-medication winds its way into compulsive dependence, we give up a great deal: our power; what little control we may believe we have; a certain amount of dignity. Mostly, we give up ourselves. We disappear behind a veil that leaves us in a sort of social and emotional suspended animation and, when we reemerge, we are right where we were when we reached our initial tipping point.

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If we look closely, what we find nested inside our comfort zone is a little rabbit hole—our complacency zone.

My latest at Psychology Today.

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From a clinical perspective, depression is typically categorized as psychological, situational or some combination of the two. What we often overlook is the spiritual aspect of depression, which is not clinical, but existential.

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Buddhist psychology—and the Shankya yoga science from which it issues – describes seven psychological characteristics that inform our four life meta-categories (work, relationship, self and spirit) and also map directly to the various needs spectrums found in Western motivational psychology. My Integral Life Coaching model considers these four areas of life experience--self-development, relationships, work-life balance and self-awareness--helping clients lead their best life.

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Parents of addicts are confronted with a unique set of challenges. One of those challenges is re-investing trust in a child or young adult travelling recovery's long road. My work connects me with people all over the country who, like you, may be finding it difficult to access help in your immediate area. Call me for a FREE 15-minute consultation so we can further explore the possibilities of working together.

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Finding a recovery coach to work with you on your unique journey can sometimes be as challenging as the journey itself. My work connects me with people all over the country who, like you, may be finding it difficult to access help in your immediate area. Call me for a FREE 15-minute consultation so we can further explore the possibilities of working together.

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The business side of private practice is something that eludes many, if not most, mental health professionals. As an outgrowth of his practice, Philadelphia-area psychologist Melvin Varghese has created an iTunes podcast called Selling the Couch, which is an on-going series of interviews with thought leaders in practice building, marketing and social media like Keri Nola, Becky DeGrossa and Cory Bank, among others. I interviewed Dr. Varghese about his experience developing the project, and his perspective on the therapist as solopreneur. A full list of current interviews is available at the end of the interview.
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