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When East Doesn't Meet West: Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Posted by Kim Chernin, PhD on 2/26/13 - 5:21 PM
Two statements from the Dalai Lama suggest a conflict between the approach of Buddhist meditation and the type of self-awareness we develop in psychotherapy. The first statement has fascinated and puzzled me for decades. A friend, who meditates regularly, repeated to me that the Dalai Lama had said the following in conversation with an American psychiatrist: “When someone has been shot with an arrow you psychologists ask how the arrow got there, who shot it, how long ago, with what...

The "L" Word

Posted by Catherine Ambrose, LCSW on 1/15/13 - 2:15 PM
Lisa hefts herself heavily up the stairs to my office. She must come up two feet to a stair, like a small child. She is breathless by the time she gets to my office and has to take a few moments to collect herself. As she settles in, I realize she has gained even more weight in the few weeks since I last saw her. She is huge, solemn, powerful, inert. Once she is seated, nothing moves but her head and...

Seeing Medusa in Every Client

Posted by Christian Conte, PhD on 1/15/13 - 1:38 PM
In Greek traditions, Medusa is the notorious stone-cold killer who was well known for turning people into statues. Her reputation became so brutal that she was often depicted as evil itself. However, like everyone who eventually comes to hurt others, Medusa had a life before she was the snake-haired statue-maker, but few seem to remember that. This is that story: Medusa was a stunningly beautiful young woman. She was so striking, in fact, that everyone around her pursued her and longed...

Treating a Couple After an Affair

Posted by Catherine Ambrose, LCSW on 12/13/12 - 5:04 PM
The couple in my office is connected mostly by the spaces they hold between them. Sitting on the loveseat in my office, they do not touch, although their arms, legs, and elbows and hands shift in an unconscious echo of each other’s movements. They are not so much mirroring each other as performing an elaborate dance of avoidance and retreat, their bodies’ dialogue spoken even through their many silences. On a larger scale, the same thing happens where they live:...

Why It's Time to Take Mobile Seriously

Posted by Joe Bavonese, PhD on 12/4/12 - 7:28 PM
I was looking over my Google Analytics stats last month, and was shocked to see that 19% of my clicks in Google AdWords for psychotherapy searches were done on smartphones. People of all ages are now looking for a therapist on their phones, with almost all of the searches being done on iPhone and Android devices. And while Google owns about 2/3 of the search results on desktops and laptops, they command an astonishing 97% of all searches on mobile...

Continuous outcome assessment

Posted by Tony Rousmaniere, PsyD on 11/26/12 - 8:00 AM
One of the enjoyable side-benefits of attending international psychotherapy trainings is the opportunity to meet bright clinicians and discover exciting new projects.

The Healing Power of Writing

Posted by Doug Foresta, LICSW on 11/8/12 - 6:01 PM
I’ve been a writer longer then I’ve been a therapist, and so it comes to me as no surprise that writing, and narrative, have seeped into my work. What I want to share with you are some thoughts on how you can encourage clients to tap into the healing power of writing and narrative, and some good reasons (in my humble opinion) for doing so. Many clients may already be keeping a journal even before they come into therapy, but...

Need Couples for Free Counseling in San Diego!

Posted by Victor Yalom, PhD on 10/16/12 - 6:52 PM
.We are seeking your help in finding couples who wish to take advantage of an opportunity to receive 10 free sessions of EFT to be part of a new video series Emotionally Focused Therapy Step by Step. Therapists who refer clients will receive a free copy of these DVDs. More info here.

The Truth About Facebook and Your Practice

Posted by Joe Bavonese, PhD on 10/16/12 - 12:45 PM
Many marketing professionals point to the 900 million worldwide users on Facebook and say you must have a strong presence there to have a successful practice. They discuss the myriad ways you can use Facebook: your profile; a business page; advertising and frequent posts. They tell you how to get more “Likes” and “Fans” and the referrals will come. As a psychologist who has experimented with everything Facebook has to offer a private practitioner, I totally disagree with this common...

Mental Illness in Politics

Posted by Matt Wolff on 9/28/12 - 12:26 PM
In a recent debate about mental health services in Britain’s House of Commons, a Member of Parliament paused and laid aside his prepared notes, departing from the abstractions of rhetoric, the lingua franca of all legislative bodies since antiquity, and spoke at length in concrete terms of his own past experience with debilitating depression. The very next speaker, possibly prompted by his colleague’s candor, decided to see and raise the ante on a past history of mental health challenges, revealing...
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