‘DIY Psychotherapy’ Articles

Self Help is a wishy-washy category title. This is much more empowering! That said, true psychotherapy cannot be DIY.

The Cane and I

The Cane and I

“A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I’m still doing it.” -Miles Davis I was irresponsible, had the wrong priorities, moving too fast and not thinking things through. Thus I slipped as my bare, wet feet met my tile foyer. There was a sound like tearing [Continue]

Three Keys to Depression

Three Keys to Depression

I don’t feel that I’m good with Depression. Though my colleagues, supervisors and patients with depression have disagreed, I still can’t shake the feeling that depression is one heart malady which I could be better at helping my patients confront. Statistically speaking, that’s a big deal since, according to a recent article, 1 in 6 people [Continue]

Stress and Taxes

Stress and Taxes

Last week would have been a good week for a nervous breakdown. Aside from busting my foot and having to cram five days of work into four, I was preparing to do the family taxes. Truth be told, I don’t hate doing the taxes, but, much like every American, the whole situation can crank my [Continue]

I Hate Cookies

I Hate Cookies

“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties…Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward…” -Albert Einstein Do it and you get a cookie. That is the essence of behavioral modification therapy. The more I [Continue]

The Death of a Pixi

The Death of a Pixi

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” -Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross I usually weave the thrust of my articles within; today I’m right up front. There’s two points. This is first an examination of the Extended Grief Cycle, based on the work of Dr. Elisabeth [Continue]

Between Pain and Peace

Between Pain and Peace

    “Life is pain…Anyone who tells you different is selling something.” -The Man in Black, The Princess Bride I am a psychotherapist. I have worked with kids who have been in situations like being raped, locked in closets for days, whipped with electrical cords dipped in hot grease or had their parents killed by [Continue]

New Mutants, Old Friends

New Mutants, Old Friends

As seen on the big screen, the X-Men save the world from vicious villains, bloodthirsty bigots and evil mutants galore. But they live at a school. Huh? Like most kids, school was the largest part of my life, and I cared about the idea of a super-school. So too, it turns out, did Chris Claremont, [Continue]

A Paradise Outside, a Peace Inside

A Paradise Outside, a Peace Inside

        “There is more pleasure in making a garden than in contemplating a paradise.” – Anne Eleanor Scott-James, Lady Lancaster One of Britain’s first women journalists How did you spend last summer? I spent it moving nine tons of chopped asphalt. Sure, I did other things, but the asphalt was a big [Continue]

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