Consigned to Virtual Therapy

Tensions had been mounting inside and around me. “It is time,” I decreed to no one listening. “I need to call Estelle, it’s time to get back into therapy.” As always, Estelle responded immediately. Always there for me. We traded availabilities and landed on an appointment. I felt an ever-so-faint welling sensation of relief. IContinue reading “Consigned to Virtual Therapy”

The Uneven Effects of the Pandemic

I will not be able to see my grandchildren, 6 and 4, once school and daycare begin. Each of them will be interacting with other children. I don’t know if the parents of the other children wear masks; I don’t know if the parents of the other children wash their hands frequently or use sanitizerContinue reading “The Uneven Effects of the Pandemic”

Why Self-Reflection Is Important

It can be very healthy to take some time out for self-reflection. This is an activity that gives you time to consider things. You need to be able to sort out how you feel about things in your head. Read on to learn more about why self-reflection is important and how you can start makingContinue reading “Why Self-Reflection Is Important”

The Double Standard

“Of course, I wouldn’t say that to a friend!” My patient, Alice, has come to me for help with depression and procrastination, and we’ve identified her long-standing habit of calling herself “a lazy fuckup” when she gets stuck on an assignment. We’ve been using David Burns’ version of the “Double Standard” method of challenging thisContinue reading “The Double Standard”

The I-Thou Relationship in the Age of Telehealth—Part I

Clinicians have long understood the therapeutic relationship to be the most powerful meta-intervention supporting client change and transformation. As Carl Rogers observed, the prerequisite for therapeutic change is that the client and therapist be in psychological contact. But when a computer mediates between counselor and client, how much does that impair this contact and obstructContinue reading “The I-Thou Relationship in the Age of Telehealth—Part I”

The I-Thou Relationship in the Age of Telehealth—Part I

Clinicians have long understood the therapeutic relationship to be the most powerful meta-intervention supporting client change and transformation. As Carl Rogers observed, the prerequisite for therapeutic change is that the client and therapist be in psychological contact. But when a computer mediates between counselor and client, how much does that impair this contact and obstructContinue reading “The I-Thou Relationship in the Age of Telehealth—Part I”

My Psychotherapist, My Guru

Kito is not just my pet, my best friend, and my loyal companion. He is also my attending amateur psychotherapist, providing me support and improving my mental well-being. Over the past seven years, he has even become my spiritual teacher and my guru. He has taught me important things about life. Like what you areContinue reading “My Psychotherapist, My Guru”

Center of the World

“She tells me I’m completely self-absorbed, that I’m acting like I’m the center of the world. I’ve spent our last three years trying to figure HER out and how to connect with her! How on Earth is that self-absorbed?” Like what you are reading? For more stimulating stories, thought-provoking articles and new video announcements, signContinue reading “Center of the World”

What Makes a Healthy Love Relationship?

Finding a healthy love relationship isn’t always easy in the modern era. It’s very easy to seek out potential partners, but finding someone that you can form a lasting bond with isn’t always simple. Even so, there are ways that you can make searching for a healthy love relationship a bit simpler. Take a lookContinue reading “What Makes a Healthy Love Relationship?”

Tools to Help My Patients

Coping Strategies and the Paradox of Change When patients come to me, they are already using various coping strategies to regulate their emotions, improve their mood and deal with challenges. Their strategies—such as drinking, withdrawing, gambling, eating, or hoarding, as maladaptive as they might be—are seemingly essential to their survival. And they are effective… untilContinue reading “Tools to Help My Patients”

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