When Positive Psychology’s Dr Deb Campbell sold her book Lovelands to her publisher, she revealed private loves, losses and a dramatic personal journey — an unusual move for a psychologist. She wrote about childhood demons and exactly how they fed into relationship struggles as an adult, telling it all without fear or regret.
“I wanted to use my own story with all its drama, good and bad, as an example of how our childhood experiences colour adult relationships, and more importantly, how we can untangle ourselves from those influences if they work against us,” Dr Deb says.
After almost 20 years as a couple therapist/psychologist, Dr Deb focuses on three kinds of love as central to our health and emotional freedom. “Knowing how to have mindful relationships, finding your personal passions, and developing your self-compassion are central to mental health and well-being for most of us. Creating better relationships with family, friends and community, finding your sense of purpose, and treating yourself kindly — like how you speak to yourself internally — are just some core skills we help clients develop for better mental health.
“Everyone needs help sometimes with these broader life matters and with more specific problems. Ideally, we humans are interdependent — self-sufficient and connected. Always reach out when you’re struggling.”
Dr Deb and her colleagues can be found at Positive Psychology, and Deb also offers a free daily online program of mindfulness and positive psychology resources at drdebracampbell.com
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