Category Archives: Therapy processes

Do Therapists Give advice?

I started off as a peer counselor in an outpatient substance abuse treatment program– I had stopped using mind altering substances in an addictive way for over a year and gave lots of advice to people who were trying to … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Change

(Apologies to readers for the quick updates– it’s very hard to proofread one’s own work, and I spotted a couple of typos. Probably didn’t spot some others.) I have reflected on many occasions that the therapist’s job has a lot … Continue reading

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Take Your Placebos- They’re Good for You

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/27/499475288/is-it-still-a-placebo-when-it-works-and-you-know-its-a-placebo I suggest using the following placebos, as needed: 1) Vitamin C supplements for colds, 500 mg every four to six hours; 2) Vitamin D supplements for depressed mood, 1000 units once a day (may be some clinical evidence in … Continue reading

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Self Pity versus Self Mourning

Just a quick thought & a question– what is the difference between feeling sad about something bad in your life, and feeling self-pity? This came up recently in a session, where a client worried about sinking into self-pity. this is … Continue reading

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Listening

Too often, listening consists of trying to remember one’s witty remark while waiting for the other person to finish whatever it is that they’re saying. One’s therapist should be a trained listener, A person who is┬ánot just waiting for you … Continue reading

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Can We Talk?

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” According to Wikipedia, this quote, most commonly attributed to John Lennon, goes back to a (then) famous cartoonist in 1957. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautiful_Boy_%28Darling_Boy%29 As time has passed, I’ve been conscious … Continue reading

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Teach Someone to Fish…

You may remember the allegedly Chinese proverb: (photo source; Wikipedia) “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” As someone with a background in … Continue reading

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