Tag Archives: Psychotherapy

Don’t ask why

Just a quick note– I really mean, don’t ask why. It’s not an answerable question. Instead turn it into one or more of the following types of questions: who, what, where, when, or how. Now it’s an answerable question. You … Continue reading

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A therapist is like a cab driver

I’ve been away for quite some time, still trying to be true to my original intent to post only original content that’s new here & not a rehash. I’ve broken the rule a few times when I thought there was … 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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Luxury Problems? Compared to What?

People who have been exposed to the world of AA & other 12-step programs will be familiar with these phrases. Let’s focus on the first one first. Frequently, someone who is relatively new to recovery will start talking about how … Continue reading

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Change = Learning, Learning = Change

To any of you following the blog, my apologies for being away. Sometimes life gets busy. the topic I’ve been pondering is in the title. Anyone who enters into psychotherapy does so because they want to change. Something’s wrong; the … 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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All better now– thanks!

Last week I saw someone for what may be the last time. She had originally come in depressed, and after a few sessions, she wasn’t depressed any more. So we cut back from every week to every other week, and … Continue reading

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