The Counterintuitive Life
Like animals, humans are programmed to function on instinct. However, behaving in the way that feels right often reinforces problems we are trying to avoid, leading to mental health issues down the road.
The most effective psychological treatments for many disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, tic disorders, sexual dysfunction) use a “counterintuitive” approach. When we get creative to override our own biology, we train the brain to achieve a healthier state. It is our responsibility to understand this and put it into practice.
How might instinct be keeping you stuck? In this TEDx talk, Dr. Bira discusses WHY we do the things we do and WHEN we should do the opposite to transcend instinct and stay healthy.
Dr. Lindsay Bira received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from University of Miami. She completed residency at the Boston Consortium as a fellow for Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine, and completed an additional two-year fellowship in trauma psychology.
As Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at UT Health Science Center San Antonio, she treats combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at STRONG STAR, the world’s largest research consortium for PTSD. In addition to her clinical research work with active duty service members and Veterans, Dr. Bira also has a private practice, where she focuses on treating a range of issues and further serves the wider community as a coach, consultant, writer, and speaker. She has been featured by local NBC, FOX, Texas Public Radio, Women’s Health Magazine, and more for her work.
Dr. Bira values transparency, integrity, and compassion in all that she does and has established her practice with these values in mind. Through her work and presence in all contexts, she is dedicated to reducing mental health stigma while helping others lead more fulfilling lives.
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