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A Little Good News

Given that there seems to be a daily deluge of really terrible, disturbing news, especially emanating from the White House, it might be a psychological imperative that we focus on some good news when it is available. The bad news this week: Trump’s actions to roll back more Obama-era environmental safeguards, such as the Clean […]

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Accepting Climate Change: A call to Action

The recent article from Jonathan Franzen in the New Yorker poses a challenge to all of us. In short, Franzen argues that the fight to prevent the catastrophic occurrences of climate change is over: that we have lost. That in fact it would take an effort that is inconceivable, especially given the large percentage of […]

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Not CBT

Recently I spoke with some prospective clients who had inquired specifically about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  In each case my hunch proved correct: someone, such as a psychiatrist, who doesn’t practice psychotherapy, had recommended this form of therapy.  These callers didn’t really know what it was or if that was what they wanted; they were […]

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Remembering Charlottesville, One Year Later

On this one-year marking of the horror of Charlottesville and the unacceptable response of the President equivocating and equating people espousing vile beliefs and ideology of hatred with those marching against evil, I’m reading Toni Morrison. Perhaps our, and I mean America’s, most ardent and eloquent voice for the dignity of all humans, Morrison published […]

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Sameness as a Symptom

I recently had such a puzzling experience.  A prospective client called and left a voice message canceling an initial appointment we had because she had read some of my blog postings and saw that we have different political opinions.  I found myself thoroughly perplexed: Why would someone not go to a therapist who had differing […]

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Help on the Way

Perhaps it might be true to say that at its core psychotherapy provides an environment for change through the experience of recognizing that there is help out there.  That might be the best synonym for psychotherapy: help on the way.  Often people who come to therapy come from histories where that was not the case.  […]

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Old-fashioned Listening

Call me old-fashioned.  I just think that someone’s best friend should be another human being (closely followed by a dog; sorry cat lovers).  So you can imagine my reaction to an article in the SF Chronicle focusing on an app designed to be someone’s best friend.  While many of my clients use apps for meditation, […]

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