Therapy for Emotional Problems
At our clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we have experience working with various emotional difficulties. Emotions can be challenging since they do not operate by rules of logic and reason, but the appropriate experience and expression of emotion is a key part of healthy human functioning.
Emotions can vary considerably in their quality, experience, and expression. They may include feelings of sadness, fear, happiness, and anger. Emotions are generally helpful and adaptive as they signal to others our emotional and interpersonal needs.
The expression of sadness, for example, may at times signal a need for comfort and reassurance from others. Anger can sometimes be viewed as a 'secondary emotion,' as it often covers more vulnerable feelings such as having felt hurt, criticized, or neglected. Anger is sometimes adaptive in that it allows us to assert interpersonal boundaries and protect ourselves from being taken advantage of. However, it is also an example of a feeling that can become maladaptive if is either never expressed, or becomes a reflexive response that prevents a person from sharing more vulnerable feelings with people who care about them.
Emotional difficulties can take many forms, including:
- Inability to experience or express various emotions
- Over- or under-expression of various emotions
- Difficulty regulating emotions
- Difficulty overcoming longstanding emotions related to past experiences
Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication (Paul Ekman)
This book explores the roots of our emotions - including anger, fear, disgust, sadness, and happiness. Ekman shows how each of these emotions are expressed across our faces, providing clear signals to those who are able to identify what they mean. Readers will develop greater insight into the emotional reactions of others and may also get better and being able to identify their own. With exercises, photographs, and concise description, this book offers a truly unique way of making sense of emotions and improving one's emotional intelligence to help navigate within our emotional world.
What Am I Feeling? (John Gottman)
This is a book that helps adults learn how to be more comfortable with their own feelings and having those kinds of conversations with their kids as they learn to explore and understand their own. Adults will learn how to identify their own parenting style and how they might "emotion coach" children to ensure optimal growth. This approach is based on research showing that kids who can comfortably share their emotions form stronger friendships, do better in school and are physically and mentally healthier. Suited for kids (8 & up) and adults.