Monthly Archives: July 2013

There but for the grace of God go I

Or if you are of the atheist persuasion, “There but for a twist of fate go I.” For my purposes right now, either way works fine. Just a quick meditation on compassion versus pity. When someone is giving or receiving … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Therapy Tale

I recently attended a conference where one of the speakers was Dr. Daniel Amen. He is best known for his SPECT scan brain images.  For some info, check the following link: http://www.amenclinics.com/the-science/spect-gallery Some of you may be familiar with the … Continue reading

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I think, I feel, I do– not always in that order!

There is interesting information on brain plasticity that suggests that behavior changes the brain physically. Memories can become stronger depending on how often they’re recalled, and can change over time. Memory is a fallible thing, as we all know. By … Continue reading

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Gollum and the Buddha

  Most people are familiar with J. R. R. Tolkien’s character, Gollum. If you aren’t, and you plan on reading The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, you might want to go do that before you  read this post. Oh– … Continue reading

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Does My Therapist Think I’m Crazy?

If you’re in therapy, what are you in therapy for? Are you crazy? These are reasonable questions. I’ve had clients ask me the exact question: “Doc, am I crazy?” Aside from my not being a doctor, there are other things … Continue reading

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Are Some Recovery Programs Better Than Others?

I’ve frequently thought I should join Procrastinators Anonymous, but I never seem to be able to get started on that project. http://procrastinators-anonymous.org/ But whether you love or hate 12-step recovery, the beauty of all the 12 step/12 tradition programs is … Continue reading

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Summertime, and the livin’ is…

MEADOWCROFT ROCK SHELTER PENNSYLVANIA Yes, that’s right, I disappeared again on vacation. And I didn’t think about mental health, recovery, doing psychotherapy, and only thought about a few of my clients a little bit. I read a book about archaeology … Continue reading

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