Posts tagged with the category Treatment Advances
The Existential Lives of Teenagers
Who am I?
What am I doing here?
I feel so alone…what’s the point?
These are all questions I have heard from the youth that I have been fortunate to work with over the years. These are hard questions to ask at 12, 13 or 17 years of age. But this is what they were asking.
How can we help adolescents find answers to these questions? By...
Understanding domestic abuse can prevent it
For many, it’s a shame filled secret—for society, an emotionally deadly epidemic. It’s happening at record numbers—and its effects are nothing short of catastrophic.
Affecting millions each year, intimate partner violence, commonly referred to as domestic violence, is the invisible wound of so many—and the toxic...
Women, and to attempt to be more precise, women living in western societies have the lived experience of menopause.
Menopause has been shaped by clinical diagnosis and defined as a number of symptoms.
Author and British psychologist Sue Brayne recently published, “Sex, Meaning and Menopause” as research based narrative on the physical...
Existentialism as contemplative psychology
What is the sound of one hand clapping?
This is the stereotyped question that keys us into a contemplative process. Zen teachers use such paradoxical questions to lead students into contemplative states in which it is possible to become comfortable with ambiguity. Reflecting on things that are logically impossible opens up the mind to...
Keeping the human in psychotherapy
“Thought is the blossom, language the bud, action the fruit behind it,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson.
More than a century later, psychological research continues to echo these very same sentiments: language has a profound impact in developing a facilitative therapeutic relationship.
No one knows this better than humanistic...
Developing a Self by Loving Others: The Paradox of Relationships and the Widening Circle
I have recently started designing and facilitating psychotherapy groups for people with chronic/acute mental health diagnoses. When I initially took this position, I decided to ask my clients what issues they need help with the most, and their answer was relationships. Now, I think one of the main tasks in working with people who are...
Maybe you can't built character through fear
Remember Scared Straight?
The film featured a group of youth offenders that were put through a diversion program that gained national notiriaty for its harsh reality based experiential. Teens were brought into the Rahway State Prison in New Jersery with members of The Lifers, men servicing life long sentences who wanted Scare these kids straight,...
Yoga calms the schizophrenic mind
“Yogaḥ citta vṛtti nirodhaḥ.” (Pantañjali, Pada I, Sutra 2, in Iyengar, 1993, p. 45)
These mysterious Sanskrit words are actually very familiar to many long-time yoga practitioners. They constitute the second line of the Yoga Sutras of Pantañjali and explain the ultimate purpose of yoga: to cease, or at least control, the...
The New Jung Scholarship: Shot in the Dark? Or a Genuine Renaissance?
One doubts that the Collected Works of Carl Jung have ever been on display at a book exhibit during the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, while Freud’s books have always and still continue to appear all over the place in that venue. We may attribute this to the failure of reductionistic laboratory empiricism in its...
What to disclose to clients, and when, is a perilous question
Recently, Dr. Marsha Linehan stepped forward publically as being a survivor of terrible schizophrenic episodes.
The story of her decent into the lived experience of psychological, physical and spiritual pain, and her her life saving rise out of the darkness was featured in the June 23rd issue of the New York Times.
Why did she ultimately...
Why existentialism's fortunes rise and fall
The Existential perspective in life (and psychology) used to be tremendously … well, one hates to use the word “popular,” but there it is … in this country. Then something changed, and seemingly almost overnight it moved from being near the center of intellectual life to the balcony.
Yes, there was...
Psychology isn't engineering - and is better for it
In 2010, The American Psychological Association’s 2009 Presidential Task Force on the Future of Psychology published a report arguing that that psychology needs to be recognized alongside other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines.
After all, doesn’t psychology occur in a laboratory? Doesn’t it use math, and...