Updated: Sep 2
Written by Dr Sara Tookey
Welcome to the True North Psychology Blog, a space dedicated to exploring topics relevant to mental health, wellbeing and living a life with authenticity. I am Dr. Sara Tookey, the founder and director of True North Psychology. This blog is open to the TNP community and members of the wider public.
In writing this blog, I hope to create a space to explore important aspects of living, and to cultivate a community that facilitates supportive sharing of experiences and information. I will aim to provide thoughtful reflections, evidence-based insights drawn from research, and where appropriate, practical and accessible tips to support our mental health and wellbeing. It is my commitment to curate content that is not only informative, trustworthy, relatable and honest.
By joining our readership you will gain first access to new posts, updates, trainings, workshops, community support gathering events. You will also have a say in the topic areas worth exploring in posts.
Topics you can expect to read about
Psychedelic Science and Non-ordinary States of Consciousness:
I am particularly passionate about the field of psychedelic science and its potential in treating mental health difficulties. As a therapist working on psychedelic research trials, I have seen the transformative power of these molecules when used responsibly and under professional guidance. With this new emerging field more and more people are exploring psychedelic-assisted therapy in an attempt to treat what ails them or with the intention of developing a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. We will explore the latest research findings, discussing both the benefits and risks associated with psychedelic-assisted therapy and the emerging field. Additionally, we will delve into non-ordinary states of consciousness, which offer valuable insights into the depths of our being.
Living and Dying with Illness:
We will explore the crucial topics of palliative care and psycho-oncology, acknowledging the immense courage and understanding required when facing terminal illnesses. Drawing from my 12 years of experience in cancer and palliative care, as well as personal encounters with loss, we will shed light on the psychological, existential, and spiritual aspects of this challenging journey. Together, we will delve into the emotional challenges, existential dilemmas, and share inspiring stories of those who have walked this path.
Sex, Gender, Relationships & Identity:
In this blog, I am committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for individuals struggling with or exploring issues related to their gender, sexuality, relationships, and self-identity (including neurodivergence), addressed from an intersectional lens. We will engage in discussions that foster a sense of belonging and empower individuals to love and embrace their true selves.
Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Mental Health Practice:
Leveraging my experiences as a therapist and a client, I will offer insights into psychology, psychotherapy, and mental health practices. Together, we will navigate the challenges of finding the right therapist and develop a deeper understanding of various therapeutic approaches. We will explore existential psychotherapy, which is at the core of my practice, and contemplate its profound applications for daily life, including topics such as life and death, self-connection, and our relationships with others and the world around us.
Challenges of Living:
Life presents us with a myriad of challenges, and in this blog, we will address them openly and honestly. From everyday struggles to mental illness, I will provide practical tools, tips, and resources to support your well-being and resilience.
True North Psychology is guided by principles of compassion, integrity, sustainability, and community. Together, we can. create an environment of empathy and exploration, engaging openly to discuss and reflect on the human experience. I strive to present information with humility and integrity, maintaining the highest ethical standards in everything I share. Moreover, I strongly believe in considering sustainability, both in our personal lives and in the broader context, and will explore ways to support our mental well-being while being mindful of the planet we inhabit.
This blog serves as a community platform where we can connect, share our thoughts, and support one another on this journey of self-discovery and growth.
Welcome to the True North Psychology Community
I invite you to dive into the articles, engage in meaningful discussions, and embark on a path of self-reflection and understanding. Together, we can navigate the complexities of being human and strive for a more fulfilling and authentic existence.
Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts, where we will delve deeper into these fascinating topics. I also encourage you to reach out with any suggestions or specific topics you would like me to cover. Your input is valuable to me as I shape the content of this blog.
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"You have to stand on your own feet, you have to have your own courage, and your own truth... but the joys of this solitary journey, are nothing compared to the joys of journeying together."