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Tell Me a Story: The Power of Storytelling

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
tell-story“Information brings knowledge, but stories bring wisdom.” These words guide my clinical work more than any others, for I have learned that it is the power of the patient’s story, rather than that of the patient’s dogged data, that defines and informs psychotherapy’s curative ...
 

The Adolescent Saboteur

Thursday, May 15th, 2014
The Adolescent SaboteurWe frequently use the term “self-sabotage” to describe behavior that, at least on the surface, appears to work to the patient’s disadvantage. Wikipedia defines sabotage as “a deliberate action aimed at weakening a polity or corporation through subversion, obstruction, disruption, destruction or underhand ...
 

Songs in the Key of Grief: Loss & Longing During Adolescence

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
stairsAs therapists, we immerse ourselves in the words that our patients summon in an effort to describe and depict their concerns and dilemmas. I am listening to those words with particular care when families are in the midst of a developmental transition, because that is when ...
 

Cultivating Emotional Mindfulness: What, Why, and How…

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
eyeballThe ability to mindfully experience, regulate, and respond to one’s feelings is essential to mental health and well-being.  Yet problems managing emotion abound and play a central role in most psychiatric disorders.  Regardless of diagnosis, many people seeking treatment have some degree of difficulty being present with ...
 

Schemas, Assumptions, and Beliefs, Oh My!

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
mazeThe term “schema” has been popular in cognitive-behavioral circles in recent years with theorists discussing the role of schemas in a range of disorders, researchers studying schemas, and clinicians proposing a range of interventions for modifying problematic schemas. The terms “schema”, “core belief”, “irrational belief”, “underlying assumption”, ...
 

Interesting Study of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy vs CBT in the Treatment of Bulimia

Friday, December 6th, 2013
spoonAn interesting study has been published recently that compares psychoanalytic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of bulimia (abstract of the study). I thought it worth noting here.
 

Why So Many Tattoos?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Freud There are three kinds of people in the world: those who would never get a tattoo, those who after a couple glasses of wine in an artsy district say to themselves, "What the heck," and then there are those who LOVE tattoos!
 

Therapy Beginnings and Endings

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
handA universal tendency, found in every culture on earth, is to develop carefully prescribed rituals for coming and going. Why? Because beginnings and endings are extremely important to relationships. The way we are greeted sets the tone for everything else that will follow during a limited period ...
 

Cultural Differences and Cognitive Therapy

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
groupThe question of how cultural differences impact the practice of CBT has been highlighted by a special series on cultural considerations in using acceptance and mindfulness-based treatments in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice (February, 2013) and a special series on cultural competence in the Behavior Therapist (June, 2013). ...
 

Doing versus Being

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
lunchAnyone who has ever studied a foreign language, knows that with new vocabulary comes new ways of seeing and understanding the world. As an example, if you ask a German to describe a suspension bridge, he is likely to say it is a thing of beauty. However, ...