MEXICO’S EARTHQUAKE 2017:  My Experience as a Psychotherapist

Published on November 30, 2017

A short summary of my service with Isra AID in Mexico 2017 where I went as a psychotherapist in order to help survivors and educators to deal with grief, loss, and trauma. Using many of the same therapeutic tools I use in my private practice we were able to bring victims to where they felt able to deal with the calamity that visited upon them and start rebuilding themselves and their lives again.

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Am I Depressed or Just Sad?

Published on November 7, 2017

Growing up, I remember people saying, “I’m so depressed.” What made them so depressed? Various…

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If you don’t use it, you lose it.

Published on November 1, 2017

We have an innate ability to adapt to new conditions. This ability enables us to…

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Separation Anxiety

Published on October 30, 2017

When we hear the term “Separation Anxiety,” we often think of young children off to pre-school, crying because they don’t want their parents to leave. But Separation Anxiety can come any time your child leaves the nest — especially at college age. And it’s not just limited to the child — parents can also experience Separation Anxiety when their child leaves them.

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On Becoming a Personal Scientist: Living in the half-full glass

Published on October 26, 2017

The half-full glass is the antidote to the half-empty one.

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The Power of Art Therapy for Emotional Healing

Published on October 17, 2017

People often ask me, “What is art therapy and how does it work?” Art therapy…

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Slogans for High Holiday Stress

Published on September 13, 2017

High Holidays bring us many opportunities for joyousness. Visiting with family and friends we may not have seen for awhile and getting to indulge in a meditative prayer may certainly be elements of the holiday season we look forward to and enjoy. But then there is the stress…

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On Becoming a Personal Scientist: Beginnings

Published on September 10, 2017

As the baby gains enough safety and security via his attachment systems with the significant people in his life, he is able to identify and then befriend the familiar within the strange.

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Bittersweet Sunshine

Published on September 10, 2017

As a consummate outdoors-man and naturalist, many of the suggestions I offer clients involve connecting to the world around them through outdoor activity. Some of the activities I recommend, and sometimes assign as between session therapeutic “homework” include walking in a park…

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How to Track Anxiety and Help Resolve It

Published on August 14, 2017

We need our ‘signal’ anxiety, because otherwise, we’d be more vulnerable to danger.

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Let’s Talk About Grief

Published on August 1, 2017

Grief seems to be a taboo emotion these days. We mourn. We move on. Or at least we claim to. “I’m over it.” Is a common cultural expression, and it’s one we usually receive at face value. When someone tells us “I’m over it.”, as a listener nothing more is expected of us.

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Longing and Belonging – Part 1

Published on July 27, 2017

“Sometimes I feel that you do not want to be part of the family”, Jennie says, crouching down beside her fourteen year old son David, who is sitting on the floor behind the couch immersed with his Playmobile.

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The One Who Vanquished a Dragon

Published on July 23, 2017

A poem written by a woman in therapy where she describes her psychological victory over the person who was responsible for much of her trauma.

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How Taking Action Leads to Transformation

Published on July 17, 2017

Action is at the core of the coaching modality, I would call it more “purposeful action”, because taking action is part of the overall change process, which coaching can be very effective in. Why is this? Why is taking action so essential in transformation and processes?

The difference between thinking about something and doing something about it is not at all trivial. We all have been there before- sitting on top of that fence, considering our possibilities, analyzing the heck out of every option- some of us can be there for years. It is only when we produce motion in a direction that we allow for the “universe” to hop in and give us a hand with some clarification.

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