It matters that people have a way to use the latest findings in psychology beyond buying a pill for depression. It matters that people have a way of looking at their lives that lets them ask the big questions and determine how they want to live – and that this is supported by therapists and mental health professionals.

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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...
“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...
“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...
Integration is better than segregation. This is an American value.  We need to use the same schools, the same community resources, the same places.  We need access to the same materials, literature, and social standing.  The civil rights movement showed us that this is true.  And years working with developmentally disabled...
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...

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