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Just Walking Each Other Home: Nostalgia and Spiritual Longing

04/24/2014
Just Walking Each Other Home: Nostalgia and Spiritual Longing
Last month, during the Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference at Sofia University, I had the honor of attending a presentation by Elizabeth Wolfson centering on creativity in midlife. Toward the beginning of her talk, Elizabeth posed the question, “What is nostalgia?” I responded with the first and truest answer that bubbled right up out of my bodily felt sense. “Homesickness,” I said. She paused, looked right at me, tears glazing her eyes, and told me, “Wow. That really touched me.” I, too, was touched by that I-Thou moment of connection, feeling for...

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New Existentialists

Waxing Existential: Eating and Existential Anxiety

04/23/2014
Waxing Existential: Eating and Existential Anxiety
In 1997, Steven Bratman, MD, coined the term “orthorexia” to address a particular kind of disordered eating that he personally experienced, and saw in his practice and in his community. Ortho, meaning “right” and orexia, referring to the condition of the appetite, describes an individual who is obsessed with “right” or healthy eating. This is subjective, of course, and may manifest in a variety of ways, such as eating only raw foods, being macrobiotic, eliminating food groups such as dairy or carbohydrates, or even a single ingredient, such as high fructose...

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New Existentialists

Perfect Strangers: Making the Leap from Small Talk to Friendship

04/22/2014
Perfect Strangers: Making the Leap from Small Talk to Friendship
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing. -- Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation, 1999 I finally realized why I hate small talk. I’m a therapist. I like getting down and dirty, delving into the nitty gritty of what makes us human, and feeling deep connection with whomever I’m with. I’m uncomfortable with the superficial, triteness of small talk. We tend to be a serious, earnest bunch. As existential and depth therapists, we listen to the woes of the world and are...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Bay Area Ayurvedic Physician Teaches Balance in Diet, Activity and Emotional Life to Saybrook University Students

04/21/2014
Dr. Anapoori Ramasubramanian joins Mind-Body Medicine Faculty

Annapoori (Anu) Ramasubramanian is an new faculty member at the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine and is sharing her knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine in the MBM course Whole Medical Systems: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. A whole medical system is a traditional body of theory and practices on health and disease, which has evolved independently from Western Allopathic medicine.  Whole medical systems, such as the Ayurvedic medicine of India, often offer a rich array of therapies based on herbs, lifestyle practices, and an emphasis on treating the whole person -- mind, body, and spirit.

 

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Psychology

Faculty and Student Presentations and Achievements

04/21/2014

PhD faculty Orah Krug and Kirk Schneider presented a workshop in E-H Therapy last month at the Division 32 Conference experiential training course as part of the existential humanistic institute certificate program. PhD Psychology student, Juanita Ratner shares her essay on the program in the EHTP Newsletter.

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Psychology

Message from the Chair of the School

04/21/2014

The Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the APA) was hosted by Sofia University in Palo Alto, March 13th-16th.  Of the nearly 200 participants, a significant number were Saybrook CP Faculty, Alumni, and students from the PsyD, PhD and MFT-PCC Programs.  Faculty Member Carol Humphreys, PhD, served as Co-Chair of the Conference and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for creating such a welcoming space for community, sharing, and learning.

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Psychology

Alumni Spotlight: Kirk Schneider

04/21/2014

Some Thoughts on an Integrative Humanistic Psychology

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.

From AHP Perspective June/July 2005, p. 8

Humanistic psychology needs to move toward serious cultural and professional integration. By this I mean that in order for humanistic psychology to survive, let alone thrive, it needs to be much more proactive. It needs to reach across many more chasms of cultural and professional divides, if it is to live up to its founding impulse to re-vision and reenergize mainstream American psychology.

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Psychology

Faculty Spotlight: Richard A. Sherman

04/21/2014

Richard A. Sherman received his doctorate in psychobiology from New York University in 1973. He has more than forty years of experience teaching and performing research and clinical work in behavioral medicine and related fields. Dr. Sherman is an award-winning teacher and has taught courses at virtually all levels of adult education, including numerous undergraduate, medical resident, and graduate school courses as well as continuing education courses for clinical professionals in both on-site and distance-learning formats.

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New Existentialists

Symbols of Transformation and Psychospiritual Growth

04/21/2014
Symbols of Transformation and Psychospiritual Growth
During the religious holidays of Passover, Good Friday, and Easter, we are reminded of the I-Thou relationship of faith and the symbols of transformation and transcendence at the core of Judeo-Christian tradition. According to Jewish folklore in the 15 chapters of Exodus, the Passover Seder commemorates freedom from Egyptian bondage 3,500 years ago when Moses led the Israelites across the Red Sea after a series of 10 plagues followed by a 40-year exile in the wilderness before reaching the Promised Land. Passover signifies this existential wandering, the hope of redemption, and faith in the...

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Rethinking Complexity

Education at the Edge of Possibility (Part I)

04/20/2014
Education at the Edge of Possibility (Part I)
Education has always been close to my heart. It is my joy for learning that has kept me connected to the educational field, even though I had some painful learning experiences in my formal education. As a mother, I see my teen daughter questioning schooling practices that are not relevant, meaningful or enjoyable. When I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I guess I was fortunate to have teachers who really loved me and who encouraged me to be my best. In the culturally accepted but premature push to define my professional career in my late teens, I went into marketing. I...

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