Sound and Vibration as Therapy? Yes!

Many people use music to help regulate their mood – a certain type to energize for a workout, another type for focusing at work, and yet another for winding down after a long day.  We know from experience that sound has a powerful impact on how we feel.  Sound is simply pressure waves traveling through the air.  We call it “sound” when the frequency of the waves is in the range that can be picked up by our ears.  Lower frequency vibrations that cannot be heard can someti...
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Book Review – In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate

As a mental health clinician working in the addiction recovery field, I highly recommend Gabor Mate’s exceptionally well-written book on addiction, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction.  Mate, a psychiatrist, has worked for 12 years with severely addicted people on skid row in Vancouver.  In the first half of the book, he weaves together stories of his patients with the story of his own “high status” addiction of purchasing expensive classical mus...
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