When Clients Have a Body

Every client who comes into my office has a body.  There are no exceptions.  Most sort of live in their body, some just visit now and again.  For some it is just a convenient vehicle to schlep around their minds.  For others it’s a place they call home. I primarily see adults.  Every adult I [...]

By |2018-04-05T05:52:43+00:00April 5th, 2018|For Clients, For Therapists|Comments Off on When Clients Have a Body

Mindfulness: Now More than Ever

Mindfulness is more than the cultivation of moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness.  More accurately, mindfulness organically combines cognitive stability with emotional regulation to produce a stable awareness of experience and, as such, reduces reactivity and increases openness.  The question for psychotherapists is “what gets in the way of developing mindfulness and mindful awareness?” What is frequently missing from clinical trainings [...]

By |2018-04-12T19:42:32+00:00April 4th, 2018|For Therapists, Mindfulness|Comments Off on Mindfulness: Now More than Ever

Conceptual Hygiene: So Many Theories, So Little Time

Conceptual Hygiene, what a concept.  Do your conceptual frameworks floss before bed?  Do you change the models you hold most dear like you change your clothes?  Do you claim your perspective to be eclectic because you have commitment issues?  Has your EMDR protocol met your psychodynamic model in the resonate field of intersubjective relations while [...]

By |2018-03-19T05:33:54+00:00March 17th, 2018|For Therapists|Comments Off on Conceptual Hygiene: So Many Theories, So Little Time

What did the Buddha say to the Behaviorist:  Mindfulness, Flexibility and Openness to Experience

Twenty-four years ago I pondered how the concept of “openness to experience” could be leveraged to support the emotional healing of adult children of alcoholics.  I searched the literature and discovered an “openness to experience” scale that I integrated into the analytic structure of my dissertation research.  I treated “openness to experience” as an indicator [...]

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The TImes They Are A Changin’

We are witnessing the beginnings of a paradigm shift in gender relations that has the potential to be culturally transformative and liberating.  Unfortunately, freedom and safety come at a price, and the price we pay, as illustrated by the current challenges to sexual misbehavior, is a painful one – long overdue yet promising rewards beyond [...]

By |2018-03-19T05:32:50+00:00March 17th, 2018|For Therapists|Comments Off on The TImes They Are A Changin’