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NEW: Adverse Childhood Events & Resilience Questionnaires

What drives our addictions? Every one of us has had some adverse childhood experiences (ACE). Recent studies have shown a link between adverse childhood experiences and addictions. Our self-identity is formed early in life, based on our life experiences. The good news is that we also have the ability to develop resilience and recover from our

Addictions & Connections

A New Therapy Group Starting Soon  Everyone I know, including myself, suffers from some form of addiction. I use the term addiction to include not just addiction to alcohol or drugs, but also addiction to social media (Facebook, email, Instagram), gambling, Netflix, porn, sex, relationships, exercise, work, food, coffee, shopping and most importantly – thinking.

A World Divided

A Class Divided This is an invitation to watch this powerful movie. It brings me to tears everytime I watch it. The reason I am sharing it is that the topic is still very relevant today. We live in a world that is divided. Conservatives vs. Liberals, Rich vs. Poor, Black vs. White, Educated vs.

Personality

Personality is an illusion – a very convincing illusion!

Tips for mental wellbeing

The secret to mental health is to move our attention from the imagined reality to the simple presence of being here.

An Old Cherokee Tale of Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good.

True Meditation

True meditation is not something we do while sitting on a cushion for “x” minutes a day– true meditation is simply being open to the moment-by-moment experience of being alive. He explains: Meditation is a direct experience of the uninterrupted moment we commonly call the NOW. In true meditation, we are not trying to get

The Container Exercise – For Dealing With Conflict

The Container Exercise: Many years ago, I came across this simple yet powerful exercise for couples or anyone experiencing stress or conflict in a relationship. The greatest gift one human being can give to another is the gift of listening with compassion and without judgment. You don’t have to agree with what they are saying

How To Deal With Stressful Thoughts

Stressful thoughts pop into our awareness every day. For many of us, they tend to be persistent and cause uncomfortable emotions and bodily sensations. We try many methods to deal with these thoughts – we try to suppress them, express them, change them into positive thoughts, deny them, and distract ourselves. We even try to

Three Minute Breathing Space Meditation

Here is a short (3-mins) meditation practice for busy folks. This technique was adopted from the book “Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression”, by Segal et al. You can use this as a coping meditation during times of stress or as a daily practice. Try doing it several times a day. It is a very

What is Mindful Inquiry?

Mindful Inquiry is about recognizing and removing our perceived obstacles that prevent us from living our lives fully. It is an invitation to identify and gently question those beliefs that stand in the way of our mental health, well-being and happiness. Read more...

Services Offered

I offer psychotherapy, consultation, assessment, and supervision services for various issues, including:

Depression
Anxiety
Addictive behaviors
Relationship difficulties
Improving communication
Life transitions
and more...

Contact

Anil Coumar, MBBS, MA
4026 NE 55th Street, Suite D
Seattle, WA 98115

E: anil@coumar.org
T: 206-925-3158
F: 206-892-9705