AB: Our readers may understand our current preoccupation with the upcoming Presidential election in the United States. Indeed, with the election so close, it’s difficult to think of anything else. Many […]
Dave: My partner in blogging Amy Begel wrote an excellent personal essay, This Woman’s Perspective: What “Trump-ism” Has Awakened In Me. She commented on how the offensive behavior and language about […]
Amy: I’m in Los Angeles this weekend, and decided to make myself a T-Shirt to express my solidarity with all the “nasty women” in the world. For those of you […]
Dave: I have a long interest in patterns of illness in families. Much of my clinical work is involved in working with families referred by a physician where a member […]
Amy: When I sat down to write this post today, I intended to write about the more “clinical” matter of anxiety. But, somehow, I kept thinking about this past week of […]
Amy: In this Op-Ed from The New York Times, writer Jared Sexton beautifully captures what he calls the “toxic masculinity” of Donald Trump. Sexton, who became familiar with this version of “masculinity” in his childhood, writes movingly about the self-protective function of this kind of bravado. He captures the emotional fragility underneath the posturing, while noting the dangers–to self and […]
Amy: I love this little post from Alain de Botton’s The School of Life. He talks about the importance of honoring the Baby in all of us. From a personal perspective, my best coach on this matter is my husband, who’s pretty good at letting himself whine when he’s got an emotional boo-boo. I’m slowly getting better at it.
Jazz musicians as family therapists: Check out this case where jazz musicians were my "consultants" to a couple in therapy. It's just as surprising as you might imagine.
Jazz Musicians As Psychotherapists: Music can healing force. Here jazz musicians are invited to "consult" to family therapy sessions. The results have been amazing.