Mental health

Mental Health in the time of Coronavirus

There is a lot of information circling now regarding the pandemic.  I don’t intend to add to the sometimes flood of information.  However, I thought I would just write briefly about ways of safeguarding mental health during this crisis.  Many, including those of us in the SF Bay Area, are now following stay-in-place orders from […]

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Environmental Duress: On the Verge of Extinction

It is not just the human species who are endangered by human-made climate change. Other species as well.  Including birds.  A new report from Audubon says that 2/3rds of North American species of birds are on the verge of extinction given rising temperatures. In San Francisco county there are 20 species of high vulnerability and […]

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Good news

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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Roots 2


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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