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Presence, attunement, and resonance are terms often used in the context of interpersonal relationships and communication. They describe different aspects of connection and understanding between individuals. Here’s a brief explanation of each term:

  1. Presence: Presence refers to the state of being fully engaged and focused in the present moment. It involves giving one’s undivided attention to the person or situation at hand. When someone is present, they are not distracted or preoccupied with other thoughts or tasks. Instead, they are fully attentive, actively listening, and emotionally available. Being present allows for deeper connections and understanding in interpersonal interactions.
  2. Attunement: Attunement refers to the process of tuning in and aligning oneself with another person’s emotional or psychological state. It involves empathetically sensing and understanding the other person’s feelings, needs, and perspectives. Attunement requires paying close attention to non-verbal cues, such as body language and tone of voice, as well as verbal communication. By being attuned to another person, individuals can establish a sense of mutual understanding and emotional connection.
  3. Resonance: Resonance describes a deep emotional or energetic connection between individuals. It implies that there is a harmonious alignment or synchronization of thoughts, emotions, or experiences between two or more people. When there is resonance, individuals may feel a sense of shared understanding, empathy, and mutual rapport. Resonance often occurs when individuals are attuned to each other and experience a sense of “being on the same wavelength.” It can facilitate effective communication, trust, and the formation of strong interpersonal bonds.

These concepts are particularly relevant in fields such as counseling, therapy, coaching, and other forms of interpersonal work where establishing a genuine connection and understanding with clients or individuals is crucial. They emphasize the importance of being fully present, actively listening, and empathetically attuning to others to foster meaningful and supportive relationships.

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Progress in Therapy

Therapeutic progress refers to advancements and improvements in the field of therapy and mental health treatment. Over the years, there have been several notable therapeutic progressions that have enhanced our understanding of mental health, expanded treatment options, and improved outcomes for individuals seeking help. Here are some key areas of therapeutic progress:

  1. Evidence-based practices: There has been a growing emphasis on evidence-based practices in therapy, which means using interventions that have been proven effective through scientific research. Therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) have gained widespread recognition for their effectiveness in treating various mental health conditions.
  2. Integration of technology: Technology has significantly influenced therapeutic progress. Teletherapy or online therapy has become more prevalent, providing convenient access to therapy for individuals who may face barriers such as distance or mobility issues. Additionally, digital tools and mobile applications have been developed to support mental health self-care, meditation, stress management, and tracking mood or symptoms.
  3. Trauma-informed approaches: Therapeutic approaches have become more trauma-informed, recognizing the impact of trauma on mental health. Trauma-focused therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) have gained recognition for their effectiveness in addressing trauma-related symptoms.
  4. Personalized treatment: The field of therapy has increasingly acknowledged the importance of personalized treatment approaches. Therapists now focus on understanding an individual’s unique needs, experiences, and cultural background to tailor treatment plans accordingly. This shift toward personalized care aims to improve treatment outcomes by addressing individual differences and preferences.
  5. Mindfulness and self-compassion: Therapeutic progress has also emphasized the integration of mindfulness-based interventions and self-compassion practices. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) have been shown to be effective in reducing stress, managing anxiety and depression, and promoting overall well-being. Self-compassion practices help individuals develop kindness and understanding toward themselves, promoting resilience and emotional well-being.

It’s important to note that therapeutic progress is an ongoing process, and new advancements and approaches continue to emerge. Mental health professionals and researchers strive to improve treatment options and outcomes, ensuring that individuals receive the best possible care for their mental well-being.

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Superficial relationships

Superficial relationships are characterized by a lack of depth, authenticity, and genuine emotional connection. In such relationships, the interactions tend to remain on the surface level, without delving into more meaningful or personal aspects. Here are some key features of superficial relationships:

  1. Limited emotional investment: In superficial relationships, there is typically a minimal emotional investment from both parties. People may engage in casual small talk or engage in activities together without truly getting to know each other on a deeper level.
  2. Surface-level conversations: Superficial relationships often revolve around shallow or mundane topics. Discussions may focus on trivial matters like the weather, current events, or other superficial aspects of life, rather than exploring deeper thoughts, emotions, or personal experiences.
  3. Lack of vulnerability: In these relationships, individuals may be hesitant to open up and share their true thoughts, feelings, or vulnerabilities. There is a general sense of guarding one’s true self, and conversations tend to be kept at a superficial and safe level.
  4. Limited time and effort: Superficial relationships require minimal time and effort investment. People may engage in occasional social interactions or group activities without actively seeking to deepen the bond or understanding between them.
  5. Transactional nature: Superficial relationships can be transactional, where individuals interact with each other primarily for a specific purpose or benefit. Once that purpose is fulfilled or the benefit is obtained, the relationship may fade or lose its significance.
  6. Lack of support and intimacy: Since superficial relationships lack emotional depth, they often lack the support and intimacy found in more meaningful connections. People involved in such relationships may not feel comfortable sharing their problems or seeking support from each other.

It’s important to note that superficial relationships can serve a purpose in certain contexts, such as casual acquaintances or professional networking. However, if you seek deeper connections and meaningful relationships, it’s essential to foster open communication, vulnerability, and shared experiences with others. Building genuine relationships takes time, effort, and mutual investment in each other’s well-being.

 © Linda C J Turner

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Q & A – What does “Exploring Narratives” mean in a therapy session?

Exploring narratives involves delving into the stories we tell ourselves about our lives, experiences, and identities. Narratives are the stories that we construct to make sense of our experiences and give meaning to our lives. They can shape how we see ourselves, how we interact with others, and how we understand the world around us.

Exploring narratives involves examining the stories we tell ourselves, identifying patterns and themes, and questioning the assumptions and beliefs that underpin them. It can involve reflecting on past experiences, examining our beliefs and values, and exploring how our narratives may have been shaped by cultural, societal, or familial influences.

Through exploring narratives, we can gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, our relationships, and our place in the world. By questioning the assumptions and beliefs that underpin our narratives, we can identify areas for growth and development, challenge limiting beliefs, and create new, more empowering stories about ourselves and our experiences.

Exploring narratives can also be a powerful tool for personal growth and healing. By exploring our past experiences and the stories we tell ourselves about them, we can gain insight into how these experiences have shaped us and identify patterns that may be holding us back. Through this process, we can begin to heal old wounds and create new, more empowering narratives that allow us to move forward in a positive and meaningful way.

Overall, exploring narratives is a process of self-discovery and growth that can lead to greater self-awareness, resilience, and well-being. By examining the stories we tell ourselves and questioning the assumptions and beliefs that underpin them, we can create new, more empowering narratives that help us to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.

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How to increase Oxytocin?

There are several ways to increase oxytocin levels naturally:

  1. Social interactions: Positive social interactions, such as hugging, cuddling, and spending time with loved ones, can increase oxytocin levels. Activities that involve physical touch, such as massage or holding hands, can also help promote oxytocin release.
  2. Eye contact: Direct eye contact can also help stimulate oxytocin release, particularly when combined with positive social interactions.
  3. Laughter: Laughter is a natural stress-reliever that can help promote oxytocin release. Spending time with friends or watching a funny movie can help increase oxytocin levels.
  4. Exercise: Exercise has been shown to increase oxytocin levels, particularly moderate-intensity aerobic exercise. Regular exercise can also help reduce stress and promote overall well-being.
  5. Mindfulness practices: Mindfulness meditation and other relaxation techniques have been found to increase oxytocin levels. Practicing mindfulness regularly can also help reduce stress and promote emotional well-being.
  6. Petting animals: Studies have shown that petting animals, particularly dogs, can increase oxytocin levels in both the pet and the owner.

It’s important to note that while these activities may help promote oxytocin release, they may not be enough to treat certain medical conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions, it’s important to speak with a healthcare professional for guidance and support.

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How therapy can help you

Therapy can help you in a variety of ways. Here are some examples:

  1. Gain insight and self-awareness: Therapy can help you better understand your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Through the therapeutic process, you can gain insight into the root causes of your difficulties, which can help you identify patterns and triggers that may be contributing to your challenges.
  2. Develop coping skills: Therapy can provide you with practical tools and strategies to help you manage difficult emotions and cope with stressors in your life. For example, you may learn relaxation techniques, problem-solving skills, or mindfulness practices that can help you feel more in control and resilient.
  3. Improve relationships: Therapy can help you improve your communication skills and develop more effective ways of relating to others. Whether you’re struggling in your romantic relationship, your family relationships, or your friendships, therapy can provide you with guidance and support to help you navigate these challenges.
  4. Treat mental health conditions: Therapy can be an effective treatment for a range of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. By working with a trained therapist, you can learn techniques to manage symptoms, improve your mood, and enhance your overall quality of life.
  5. Increase self-esteem: Therapy can help you challenge negative self-talk and develop a more positive self-image. By exploring your beliefs about yourself and your abilities, you can work towards building a stronger sense of self-worth and confidence.

Overall, therapy can provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It can help you develop a greater sense of self-awareness, resilience, and overall mental and emotional wellbeing.

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Are you feeling overwhelmed?

Are you feeling overwhelmed or struggling with difficult emotions?

Are you facing challenges in your personal or professional life that you can’t seem to overcome?

If so, therapy may be able to help.

At, we offer a range of therapy services to help you work through your struggles and achieve greater mental and emotional wellbeing. We provide a safe and supportive environment for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, and to develop coping strategies to manage life’s challenges.

We offer a variety of therapy approaches to suit your individual needs, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. We are trained to work with individuals, couples, and families, and we offer therapy services for a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, and more.

At we believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality mental healthcare, which is why we offer flexible scheduling and affordable rates. We also offer a sliding fee scale for those who may be experiencing financial difficulties.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards greater mental and emotional wellbeing, we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and take the first step towards a happier, healthier life.

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