Depression, Fear and Anxiety: How To Be Your Own Therapist (A recorded conversation with Robina Courtin)

By on Oct 4, 2014 in Psychology

Depression, Fear and Anxiety: How To Be Your Own Therapist 


I’m so happy with the wonderful feedback I’ve received from people who either attended this talk or watched it on you-tube!

I hosted this talk “Depression, Fear and Anxiety: How To Be Your Own Therapist”  with the wonderful Venerable Robina Courtin, at The University of Melbourne. It’s about how to use Buddhist Psychology to deal with upsetting mental states and emotions. I organised it as a part of RUOK? Day because I think these kinds of public conversations about mental health are so important. Over one hundred people attended the talk, and the recording has now reached over 130,000 views.  I am so grateful for everyone’s thoughtful contributions.

Ven. Robina Courtin is a high-profile Buddhist Nun. She is an important Australian woman; an ex-catholic, ex-radical political activist and feminist. Robina teaches Buddhism around the world, her intense and direct teaching style shatters the meek-and-mild stereotype of a Buddhist Nun – she is wonderful. Robina’s life and work has featured in two documentary films. ‘Chasing Buddha’, shows her work in the heart of America’s bible belt, in Kentucky State Penitentiary, guiding death row inmates and others to the path of enlightenment. She has also appeared on Q&A, and ABC’s Bookclub.

I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to organise this – and to talk with, and learn from, Robina directly. The take-home message for me is that we are all the creators of ourselves and that we each have a remarkable capacity for change.

The recording of this event attracted over one thousand views in less than a week! I hope that everyone who watches it will get something helpful out of it – enjoy!