Therapists tend to be good at being kind and patient with difficult people and they know how to put up with their patients’ demanding and outrageous behavior. Too often the demand for good manners persuades therapists to compromise their integrity in the attempt to maintain the relationship and to make their patients feel worthwhile. But compromising integrity interferes with the effectiveness of therapeutic work.
Dave: A good friend and talented colleague in Syracuse, Christine Matteson, a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Mental Health Counselor, sent me a copy of her recent newsletter: Creative Arts […]
To be a parent is to know worry. There’s no escaping it, and there’s really no cure for it. As my blogging buddy David Keith says, “If you can’t stand guilt don’t become a parent.”
We hope you enjoy this rather charming post from The School of Life. The author, Alain de Botton, illustrates how our unconscious wounds from childhood can show up later in […]
Please enjoy this poem by one of my favorite poets, Billy Collins: Purity My favourite time to write is in the late afternoon, weekdays, particularly Wednesdays. This is how I […]
In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a taste of Funny Food, from our friend Bill Wurtzel. “LOX OF LOVE”
Dr. Dave on How To Love Your Very Self: He shares his reflections on how we lose our self-love and how to get it back.
Here’s a funny and thoughtful post from The School of Life. The film clips are fantastic. The author, Alain de Botton takes a gentle look at that common phenomenon of […]
Amy: When my friend Jerry Clements showed me this cartoon today, I absolutely fell apart laughing. I felt like my psyche was on display. “How did they know?” I asked […]
Amy: All around the world, women–and the men who stand beside them–united in one voice to speak out against the newly elected Donald T. and everything he proudly stands for. […]
Amy: Last night I attended an enormous pre-Inaugural rally in New York that overflowed with energy and determination. We listened to a variety of speakers–actors, artists, politicians, activists, who exhorted […]
In the U.S. today we celebrate the birthday of the great peace activist and spiritual leader Martin Luther King Jr. In Nina Simone’s song about Dr. King, she called him […]
Dave: There are two kinds of pleasure in both reading and in psychotherapy; plaisir (pleasure) and jouissance (to be defined later). ‘Pleasure’ is the general term for reading enjoyments of […]
Check out actor Meryl Streep as she receives the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Golden Globes. She is a model in courage. We need to emulate her.
Check out this insightful Op-Ed by writer Jonathan Raban. He talks about the use of language, especially, the cruel joke, as preferred weapon for dictators to demonstrate their power.
Please enjoy this poem from poet Thomas E. Kemp My old whispers are ground into dust, The secrets I held onto pass away as I watch, New candlesticks with berry scents trail in smoke, Promising long sentences, of words, instead the draped ones I used before. You come at me with novel ideas and wishes, Begging like the light penetrating […]