Articles by Brad Sachs

Brad Sachs PhD is a psychologist, educator, consultant and best-selling author specializing in clinical work with children, adolescents, couples, and families, in Columbia, Maryland. He lectures and conducts workshops nationally and internationally He is the author of numerous books including, most recently Family-Centered Treatment with Struggling Young Adults: A Clinician’s Guide to the Transition from Adolescence to Autonomy, and many books for parents, teens and families, including: The Good Enough Teen: Raising Adolescents With Love and Compassion (Despite How Impossible They Can Be). Brad is also a poet and musician, whose most recent projects include In In The Desperate Kingdom Of Love: Poems 2001-2004, and the CD Hard Tales To Tell, a cycle of original songs based on stories his patients have shared. Additional information is available on his website.

Plumbing the Depths of Power

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

I prefer to see therapy not as a method or a technique, but as the shared pursuit of power, power that paradoxically results from penetrating and excavating, like an archaeologist, the places within which powerlessness resides, which are usually the very places that most of us abhor and attempt to escape from. 24 year old […]


The Pull of Nostalgia & Empathy

Friday, July 4th, 2014

A parent’s capacity to raise a thoughtful, self-assured child depends on his/her capacity to respond empathically to that child. Much of the work that I am doing as a family therapist is designed to initiate and animate the empathic enterprise, since it is such a crucial component of healthy attachment between both generations. One of […]


Tell Me a Story: The Power of Storytelling

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

“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 properties. Or, as Mark Twain once put it, “Never let the […]


The Adolescent Saboteur

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

We 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 tactics…one who engages in sabotage is a saboteur. Saboteurs typically try to […]


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

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

As 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 they tend to be most emotionally thin-skinned, and, as […]