Dr. Anita Federici & Associates (soon to be the Centre for Psychology and Emotion Regulation) is looking for experienced and team-oriented clinicians to join our team. We specialize in the assessment, treatment, and research of emotion regulation and offer three main care pathways: (1) Eating Disorders, (2) Personality Disorders and (3) PTSD & Trauma-Related Injuries....

Is suffering inevitable? Is pain inevitable? In DBT, we teach that pain in life is inevitable but that suffering is not. Suffering, from this perspective, happens when we experience “ordinary life pain” and then reject that pain or the circumstances causing it. This concept has been a focal point in therapy and in my consulting practice...

  Not sure if you are ready for this post, or if I am, but its been brewing….so here it is.   Over the past twenty years as a psychologist I have worked with and through so much. I have spent my career studying emotion regulation, trauma, eating disorders, and personality disorders (the overlap unmistakable)...

  When you restrict your eating in any way, your body adapts by entering starvation mode. Starvation mode is an evolutionary and biologically driven physiological mechanism designed to keep you alive. In cave person years, when food was not plentiful, the body would adapt by slowing down metabolism and digestion, reducing heart rate, and conserving...

    Despite the leaps and bounds the field has made, in large part due to the life work of people like Marsha Linehan, I am still disappointed (and concerned) by the prevalent judgement and emotion dysregulation that persists among healthcare practitioners when they hear the term borderline personality disorder (BPD). Eyes roll, sighs suddenly...

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is guided by a number of core assumptions about the nature of human behavior and about the process of treatment. Over the next few weeks, I will describe each in turn. One that is high on my list right now, however, is the treatment assumption that clients cannot fail DBT. People often...

A mother sent me the attached “holiday song” stating the following: “these are the lyrics of a song that (my grade 3 child) is learning to sing for their Christmas concert. It doesn’t sound right to me and I wanted your professional opinion.” So I read the lyrics. And then I read them again. And...

I went to see The Joker last night. It was an extraordinary film to watch, a profound depiction of Arthur Fleck’s severe mental illness played by Joaquin Phoneix, and a disturbing illustration of society’s rejection of what we don’t understand. With unabashed expertise, Phoneix adeptly exposes the gradual erosion of Arthur Fleck’s psyche.  A young...

Approving Yourself

Let’s talk about the self-critic that sits on your shoulder or lives in your head or floats about during the day. You know, the one that says: “I am not enough. I am not smart enough. I’m not thin enough. I am ugly. I am a failure. I should have known better. Everyone hates me....