Stress Management During These Unpredictable Times

I have been wanting to write something about the harsh economic times that we are all experiencing. It’s a very scary time. But I didn’t know where to quite begin. Recently someone asked me for some tips on reducing stress, particularly stress caused by these unpredictable and anxiety-causing economic realities. So I’ve put together this […]

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Thanksgiving

I have been meaning to write something about the difficult times that so many people are experiencing now in so many ways. Jobs lost, tighter budgets, a thick cloud of uncertainty. But before doing that, a word about thanksgiving and gratitude. I’m writing this a few days after Thanksgiving holiday with the intention of stretching […]

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How we go on?

How we go on? While thinking about this basic existential question, I came back to a small gem of a poem, Gary Snyder’s “Axe Handles.” In the poem, Snyder addresses one of the ways that we indeed do go on: through relationships. He includes a number of relationships: teacher to pupil, older poet to younger, […]

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How We Go On

The current ACT production of “The Quality of Life” offers a powerfully acted and beautifully written examination of some of today’s controversial morality issues. A character in the play, sick with end-stage cancer, chooses euthanasia. His wife, so as to not live life alone after his death, contemplates suicide. Against this backdrop and that of […]

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What heals?

Surely, this is the question that most puzzles psychotherapists when thinking about their work. What about the meeting of two people (sometimes more) that can resolve personal difficulties and promote an overall sense of well-being? From Freud’s era to the present day, people have pondered this question and developed theories to answer it. And while […]

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