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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“Freedom transcends and opens the door for the possibility of being and finding one’s authentic self. Freedom though cannot be experienced without the presence of destiny. Only in those moments when one exercises one’s freedom in conjunction with acknowledging one’s destiny is it possible for the true self to shine through...
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...
At a Town Hall event in late 2010, President Obama was asked: “Like a lot of people in my generation, I was really inspired by you and by your campaign and message that you brought, and that inspiration is dying away….I really want to know, is the American dream dead for me?” The President’s response: “Absolutely not...
One can describe existential psychology as a psychology of liberation – indeed, Schneider and May described it in this manner frequently, and Van Kaam’s work on the ethics of therapy takes a very similar stance.  I will not seek to contradict this stance here.  Underlying freedom, however, might it be that we will find...
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,...

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