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November 2, 2011 This is the date of the first general strike in Oakland since 1946 and the world was watching as 1000’s of people headed out to the plaza then marched on the Port in four separate waves. Much of the day was peaceful. The day was filled with speakers, sharing, networking, community support, food, community and marches. The...
“Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.” – Author Unknown I came across this diagram some time ago. When I saw it I laughed of course but deep down knew that this was an image portraying a hard truth. Worry and anxiety can consume so much of our energy. I can’t even imagine the amount of time and energy that I...
It has been 10 years but as a society, we in the United States, are still reeling from the pain and trauma of 9-11. Some may not be as connected with the event as others, nonetheless the trauma that rocked our world that day has left a deep scar in the hearts, minds and souls of so many. Our understanding of how a traumatic event impacts our...
Witnessing the death and pain of war can leave deep scars on the psyche of a soldier. Those scars are more commonly known as being PTSD related symptoms. In 2008, the RAND Corporation estimated that 300,000 returning troops currently suffer from PTSD and depression related to combat duties. This trauma can rattle someone to their core, challenging...
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...
“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with a**holes” ~William Gibson I came across this quote the other day. It made me think of the times I would have sessions with a few of my clients during my internship. A few were in what I would...
The western body of psychotherapy takes little consideration of how culture is a part of the human psyche. The DSM IV has been rightly charged with being culturally unconscious of the fact that psychological suffering is unique to the individual’s cultural identity.   This fact was driven home to me during this fall’s five...
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...
“The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.” -- John Lee Hooker Very true Mr. Hooker, very true. The blues are songs of the soul in pain, but its' own singing the pain flows out easing up the spirit that is within. A recent article, “Blues and Emotional Trauma” by Dr. Robert Stolorow, author and...
Dr. James Bugental presented a paper at the 1965 meeting of the Psychologists Interested in the Advancement of Psychotherapy in Washington, D.C. The paper “The Humanistic Ethic – The Individual in Psychotherapy as a Societal Change Agent” presented a perspective on the potential of psychotherapy. Bugental felt that potential...
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,...
Poster against homophobia
 Even 35 years after the American Psychiatric Association declared that homosexuality was not a mental disorder it seems that there is still some idea that being attracted to the same sex is a sickness. Dr. Marcus Bachman, husband of Representative Michelle Bachman and president of Bachmann and Associations, a mental health clinic based in...