‘DIY Psychotherapy’ Articles

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

The Operation Habit Challenge

The Operation Habit Challenge

I sat in the green plastic chair and tried not to think about the amount of weight that the scale just told me I had gained. Then the Weight Watchers group leader said “They say it takes 32 repetitions of a behavior to build a habit—I don’t know if it’s true, but that’s what they [Continue]

New Year’s Revolution

New Year’s Revolution

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza have come and gone, leaving us many welcome gifts, and potentially one unwelcomed one; guilt. Eat too much over the Holidays? Drink too much? Sleep too much? Smoke away your frustrations at Holiday shopping? Curse away your frustration at Holiday driving? Gossip about family?   Well [Continue]

My View of Selfishness. MINE!

My View of Selfishness. MINE!

Here we lay in the Horse Latitudes (that listless, empty span near the equator where old timey sailors couldn’t catch a breeze) between  the Day of Thanks and the Season of Giving. This is a wonderful time to talk about selfishness. Philosophers, psychotherapists, people of faith and historical icons have all struggled with the issue [Continue]

Fantasy Communication and Real Contact

Fantasy Communication and Real Contact

 Once upon a time, I was at court in front of a judge for a Failure to Adjust to treatment hearing. I stood next to my patient, and on the other side of her stood her probation officer and child-advocate attorney. The jude was yelling at everyone except the kid about not receiving any updates [Continue]

Psychotherapy Horror Stories

Psychotherapy Horror Stories

It’s October and I’ve got Horror on my mind. Horror, as a genre, can be one of the most diverse and controversial storytelling styles for the simple fact that it is a pusher; a boundary pusher, a moré pusher, a comfort zone pusher. Horror exists on the other side of where we live. It’s part [Continue]

When Therapy Fails

When Therapy Fails

ther·a·py (n) 1. the treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial, rehabilitating, or curative process. 2. a curative power or quality.  I talk a lot here about healing. I hope that how much I love the opportunity to help a person heal comes through these words every other week. It is truly a [Continue]

Split Internet Hypothesis

Split Internet Hypothesis

Didn’t you know social media is bad for you? According to a study of Facebook and MySpace presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, “young adults who have a strong Facebook presence show more signs of other psychological disorders, including antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressive tendencies,” and lower grades in school. [Continue]

It’s Not About Dying

It’s Not About Dying

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, only how we play the hand.” -Randy Pausch, “The Last Lecture” I still have the applause at the end of “The Last Lecture” ringing in my ears as I type this first line. I’m a bit teary-eyed. Go ahead, click the link and watch the hour long [Continue]

Jumping The Sharks of Life

Jumping The Sharks of Life

“In 1987, Jon Hein and his roommates at the University of Michigan were drinking beer and had Nick at Nite playing in the background. They started talking about classic TV shows when someone asked, ‘What was the precise moment you knew it was downhill for your favorite show?’…Sean Connolly offered, ‘That’s easy: It was when [Continue]

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]

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