Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1988 – What’s on your mind?

As a therapist helping people with depression and anxiety in Halifax and Dartmouth, I have the honor to be the keeper of secrets. Pretty much most everything people say when they are with me is confidential.  Though there are ethical limits to confidentiality, many people find that after talking to a therapist, they feel lighter.Continue reading “Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1988 – What’s on your mind?”

Breakout from Depression – Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology, November 6, 1988

Breakout from depression with support from a therapist in downtown Dartmouth So, before becoming a therapist. Before I worked with people stuck in depression and anxiety in the Greater Dartmouth and Halifax area, I was a wedding DJ. As such, I had a pretty deep knowledge of popular music. Occasionally, I’ll come across a popContinue reading “Breakout from Depression – Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology, November 6, 1988”

Dartmouth Therapist Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 1986

As a psychotherapist serving Halifax and Dartmouth, people come to me in pain. Depression and anxiety can be so consuming that clients lose sight of themselves. The darkness, shame and hurts that people experience can cut people off from each other. These feelings can even cut people off from knowing themselves. In 1986 Cyndi LauperContinue reading “Dartmouth Therapist Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 1986”

Dartmouth Therapist Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 1985

Working as a therapist in Downtown Dartmouth, I meet people every day who are plagued by the paradoxes of existence. Life is absurd. However, many of us have been fed the lie that life is supposed to  make sense. As such, people come to see me and attempt to ‘figure things out’ and have an answerContinue reading “Dartmouth Therapist Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 1985”

Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology for November 6 1984

Working as a therapist in Downtown Dartmouth, some themes, issues, and problems seem to be recurrent. This week’s post features two songs by ‘The Boss’ that touch on a couple of these recurrent themes. Slipping to spot #39 you’ll find ‘Cover Me’. Springsteen captures something essential about relationships with his sparse, beautiful lyrics: The timesContinue reading “Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology for November 6 1984”

Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1983

As a therapist working in Downtown Dartmouth, I love to play  with heavy existential conversations.(that’s right play) The top 100 songs on November 6 1983 had a few songs with the same kind of delight. The most obvious one is King of Pain by the Police. Charting at #13 that week, King of Pain capturesContinue reading “Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1983”

Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1982

One of the biggest things I face as a therapist working in Downtown Dartmouth Nova Scotia is magical thinking. That’s right. Magical thinking. Now I’m not talking about Joan Didion’s heart-wrenching examination of grief – though I highly recommend reading it. I’m talking about the kind of magical thinking between people that seems to causeContinue reading “Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1982”

Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 1981

Long before I was a psychotherapist, I loved music. This song first appeared on my radar while driving around Dartmouth in my father’s silver F150. We’d be on our way to a hockey practice somewhere in Cole Harbour. Or fishing on the bridge by Rainbow Haven beach. I’d sit in the cab next to myContinue reading “Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 1981”

Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1979

I currently work as a therapist in Downtown Dartmouth. Prior to that, I was an arts educator and touring performer. The bulk of my training was as a clown. I imagine you’re thinking: What does being a clown have to do with being a therapist? Well, clowning is a performance. Not one that you doContinue reading “Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1979”

Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1978

As a counsellor in Downtown Dartmouth I frequently meet people dealing with anxiety. Some traditions of therapy believe that all anxiety has a basis in a fear of death. This week I feature a song that deals with just this notion. Sure it was at #84 on the charts. And some songs have such wisdomContinue reading “Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1978”