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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At the risk of sounding melodramatic and extremist, I want to suggest that our culture is currently facing a crisis of epidemic proportions regarding the extent to which personal responsibility has been exiled from our identity and character. America is not, on the whole, a nation of responsible individuals; America is predominantly a nation of...
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...

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