‘DIY Psychotherapy’ Articles

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

Worst. Advice. Ever.

Worst. Advice. Ever.

“A vacation…from my problems!” -Bill Murray, What About Bob? Look. I’m starting this article on vacation, because that’s how much I love you. But don’t expect too much, okay? Pfft. I’m on vacation, here. I’ll share with you three of the most important lessons that I’ve learned in life and lived on this vacation. How [Continue]

The Strength of Surrender

The Strength of Surrender

  “Surrender: to give oneself up into the power of another…or to give oneself over to something (as an influence).” -Miriam Webster’s Dictionary I mentioned the concept of surrender in last month’s article on my decision to sign into a weight loss center. I began to chew on that concept, and re-realized how important to [Continue]

I am a Patient Boy…

I am a Patient Boy…

    The words, innocuous—even inviting—leapt off the page and hit me like a viper’s nest in the face. “Meet the Treatment Team,” it read. The paper had been photocopied so many times that the edges of letters were worn and blurred, like windblown hieroglyphics. They set off a Bobby Brady firework explosion in my [Continue]

Tax Prep for Your Soul

Tax Prep for Your Soul

“Money is a major source of stress on people, and what tax season does is shine a great big spotlight on the issue.” -Michael McKee, Clinic psychologist, president of U.S. International Stress Management Association I’m not even going to say what time of year it is. You know. I know. He, she or it knows. [Continue]

One of These Days…

One of These Days…

“When my work space, or my living space, is cluttered, my mind is cluttered. There is no room for creativity, for moving forward…. and it feels so HEAVY! When I get it all organized I am liberated, I feel light, and anything is possible.” -Anonymous Organization Convert Man, check out that spot! A White board [Continue]

Operation Habit: The Do Over

Operation Habit: The Do Over

It’s been two weeks and there hasn’t been profound interest in The Operation Habit Challenge despite the chance to try something life changing, and the motivation of a prize. That’s not too surprising, since I firmly believe that change is on a continuum and if you’re not at the point where you want to change [Continue]

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]

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