What does Catholic psychotherapy look like? Look at one perspective as the VRT series continues with a contribution from the founder of an orthodox Catholic psychology graduate school and her esteemed colleagues.
Is it possible to integrate Native American healing methods with modern medicine and psychotherapy? The second entry in the VRT series features Lakota and Cherokee physician and psychologist Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona.
Welcome to the first of a dozen interviews about the integration of religion and psychotherapy. We begin with a look at Jewish psychotherapy through the eyes of 2009 Israel Prize recipient Mordechai Rotenberg.
Psyche means soul. Many psychotherapists don’t know that. Some build an entire career around it.
Join me for a blog series featuring twelve experts discussing their approach to psychotherapy based in twelve different religious traditions.
3:11pm - How lame. What does this say about her? About me? About our relationship? This is taking a serious chunk out of my time, now I might not get my whole session. This is inconsiderate! Unprofessional! I pay for this time! Did I do something wrong?!
The waiting room is more than a showcase of your therapist’s interior design skills (or lack thereof). It’s more than a place to sample muzak or white noise. It’s more than a room to wait. What are the do's and don'ts?
Many therapists have a no phone rule, but I've decided to roll with it. If a client keeps the phone on and feels the urgency to send and receive texts immediately, we'll experience and deal with it together in session.
The pull between opposing forces is everywhere in therapy. Do we rely on theory or go with our gut? Charge for a missed session or let it slide? Give a hug or refrain? Share the interpretation or wait until next session?
You know who you are.
You’re thrilled with every session, never raise a concern with the therapy or therapist and are careful to point out how helpful it all is. You’re the World’s Best Therapy Client. What could possibly be wrong with that?
Today the turbocharged Oregon Ducks make their first appearance in the college football national title game. What does this have to do with psychotherapy? I'm not sure yet. Let's see what I come up with.
Some of the most powerful moments of the "talking cure" include no talking. You heard right, paying to not talk in talk therapy can be beneficial. On the other hand, silence may reflect a problem that results in a colossal waste of time and money. Here's how to tell the difference.
Along with the plentiful jargon tossed around in this field, there are a few dozen phrases therapists keep on auto-repeat:
"How does that make you feel?"
"Can we dialogue about this?"
"Let's bring it back into the room."
"And how's that working for you?" (thanks, Dr. Phil)
I can actually hear your eyes rolling.
I think my office building consumes more liquid per square foot than any other building in Los Angeles.That's because it's saturated with therapists. If you sit in the lobby at 55 minutes past the hour you'll see a platoon of clients loading into the elevators to make it to their session. Most carry water, coffee or some other drink. It seems that somehow therapy and liquid refreshment go together. Why?
Perhaps the most powerful yet simple tool in psychotherapy is the here-and-now: sharing the raw, honest thoughts and feelings about what's happening in the moment. The concept has been around forever, but no one champions its clinical use quite like Irvin Yalom.
Welcome to late summer, the time of year when the NBA, ski lift operators and psychotherapists take some time off to charge their batteries. Here are some of the most common reactions to therapist vacations and some pointers on how to cope.
It's a cold, misty morning in the purple mountains of Central Idaho and I'm running on the shoulder of a two lane highway, 25 miles from cell coverage. At over 7000 feet elevation, my legs feel like I'm running through a wading pool in cargo pants and I have a faint metallic taste of blood in my mouth. A grown man intentionally dressed as Draco Malfoy blazes past me like I'm standing still. I'm exhausted, humiliated and it's 4 miles uphill to the next exchange point. Welcome to the Sawtooth Relay.
Therapists have a big advantage in the therapy office. We've read a stack of books and spent thousands of hours learning what to do in session. Clients have to learn as they go, costing them valuable time and money. Here are a few pointers to help clients level the playing field.
Kleenex was the topic in supervision this week. My student asked if I hand clients a tissue when they're crying or let them get it on their own. A lively discussion followed. Believe it or not, conversations like this could keep us talking for hours.What's your Kleenex style?
Jane gets started:"Ok, well, I saw you last Wednesday, and that night Sally and I went to a restaurant near her house. She knows the bartender there and he seemed pretty nice. Anyway, that was Wednesday. On Thursday morning they sent a memo around work saying..........(Jane continues reporting her week for the next 45 minutes)...so then this morning I emailed her and said I wasn't coming to the party, but she hasn't written back. And that's my week. Oh no, time's up! We didn't get to work on anything!"
Time to pop a cork and celebrate the top selection from the Ten Coolest Therapy Interventions: transference interpretation. I raise a glass and yield the stage to Dr. Glen O. Gabbard, a true connoisseur of psychological theory.
Get ready for Avatar-meets-Xbox-meets-Freud's-couch as techies like USC's Skip Rizzo usher psychotherapy out of the 1980s and into the information age. Just in time to become one of the Ten Coolest Therapy Interventions.
Cool comes in many forms. In the case of Primal Therapy, cool means unorthodox, controversial and powerful enough to ruffle feathers after 40 years. None other than Dr. Arthur Janov himself chimes in as we dig deep to explore one of the Ten Coolest Therapy Interventions.
It's no day at the beach. Sure, there's sand, water and what appear to be toys, but this technique is serious business. So serious and intriguing that it qualifies as one of the Ten Coolest Therapy Interventions.
A client has pent-up emotion buried under denial, rationalization and minimizing. "Hey, no one had a perfect childhood, it's no big deal," he says, "it is what it is." What happens next? If his therapist was trained in ISTDP, the client better make sure his seatbelt is fastened. Stand back on the sidewalk and witness another one of the Ten Coolest Therapy Interventions.
This blog is written for people who are in therapy or considering therapy. I want to demystify the unique and often strange process of therapy to help empower clients get the most out of their time, money and effort.