Category: Humanistic Psychology


‘Scared Selfless’ author finds inspiration about trauma at Saybrook University

Michelle Stevens thought she lived a normal childhood. But once she moved 3,000 miles away from her abusive stepfather, traumatic memories started coming back to her. With nowhere else to turn, she used psychology and trauma books to learn more about herself and to help others who may have experienced the same—and eventually earned a… Read more »

Why one psychologist took clinical hypnosis to ‘heart’

Dr. Flavio Epstein, a heart failure/transplant psychologist, wasn’t quite sure what results would come from being a first-time attendee at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Annual Scientific Meeting & Workshop. He was pleasantly surprised to get clinical hypnosis experience, a warm welcome from other medical professionals, and new ideas to help heart transplant… Read more »

‘Visions of Warriors’ brings attention to ongoing PTSD concerns for veterans

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reportedly affects approximately 7.7 million American adults, with members of the military as one of the high-risk groups. After experiencing severe trauma or life-threatening events, the mind and body will either go into mobilization mode (fight-or-flight) or immobilization. When the nervous system is unable to return to its normal state of… Read more »

How to become a licensed mental health professional

Are you considering a career as a licensed mental health professional? Does pursuing a career as a licensed counselor seem overwhelming? Don’t panic. You’re not alone. The field of psychology, in particular counseling psychology, can be difficult to navigate. There are a host of different programs, degrees, and paths that can lead you toward becoming… Read more »

Election 2016: Politics in the age of polarization

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Saybrook University’s own Dr. Stanley Krippner engages in a round table discussion with long-time faculty member, author, and existential psychologist Dr. Kirk Schneider about the fractured condition of our society in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Imagery and symbolism in the therapeutic process

Symbols and imagery educed from the subconscious can be interpreted within the therapeutic process. Existential, humanistic, and phenomenological approaches focus on conceptual, emotional and verbal realities, while transpersonal approaches focus on spiritual longings and experiences as keys to self-actualization. The humanistic movement arose in the early 1960’s out of dissatisfactions with the natural science conception… Read more »