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Blake Griffin Edwards LMFT
Fromm viewed certain social dynamics as neurotic and their impact on the individual as a projection of societal dysfunction.
The behavioral sciences do not deal in the absolutes of mathematics or physics, where studies of cause and effect are more realistically isolated into forces and impacts.
We have devoted resources for many, yet we have not cared well for the severely and persistently mentally ill—for their mental health needs, or their addiction and medical needs.
Carl Rogers provided a vision for reformation, challenged conventions, engaged in qualitative research never before tried, and established much-needed new ethical guidelines.
The world around extraverts is their psychological space. Therefore, they occupy it to experience it and, in so doing, experience themselves.
We need many more mental health providers to be made available to see Medicare beneficiaries.
Researchers examined whether the buffering effect of couples blaming the pandemic for their woes would remain successful in fending off toxic relationship dynamics.
Outcomes of therapists decline year in and year out, yet all the while, the confidence of the clinician in themselves and their work goes up at a much faster rate.
In the event that you have the opportunity to step into a chair role — for any meeting, but especially for a board — this primer may prove helpful.
Ridding ourselves of the notion that we can talk ourselves into wholeness or peace from a distance is unrealistic.
Person-centered psychotherapy amounts to a radical therapeutic ethic in the midst of the ever-changing landscape of managed care in the 21st century.
Many do not realize that "the scientific method," as we know it today, came from studies of children at play.
Research links emotional well-being to communicating with others in positive ways. Yet children’s feelings are often inaccessible at a verbal level.
Why setting goals and measuring progress is the key to successful therapy.
Somewhere in the chasms between deductive diagnostic categorizing, inductive treatment planning, and deductive clinical interventioning is where understanding hides.
We always do better when we acknowledge our challenges, as well as our limitations. We also do exceedingly better when we remain open to new experiences and to others.
#4 — Stay in the moment of what you have seen and heard from clients, and within the scope of treatment, without speculating about goings-on outside of sessions.
As the walls rise, we have increasing difficulty hearing, or understanding, one another. In other words, empathy is a precursor to mutuality.
A sputtering of formative anxiety is passed along from generation to generation. The family unconscious drives identity, etching itself into personality.
Systemic psychotherapists see potential linkages, and power, between their client and every other person, challenge, and opportunity in their world.
Few facets of society are as misunderstood and underappreciated as the intangible, psychological dynamics taking place within the emotional systems of our families.
Responsive parenting requires attunement to your unique child. Yet these seven principles are consistently applicable to children of any age or temperament.
A paradigm-shifting global crisis is actually a decent opportunity to make some constructive changes in our lives.
In the best of cases, trying times shift focus in meaningful ways from pursuits of happiness to pursuits of dignity and purpose.
It helps to be proportionately responsive to the stage of someone's distress. Understanding our own underlying emotions increases our capacity for empathy.
Our current state of emergency is exacerbating social determinants of health issues, including challenges related to housing insecurity, food insecurity, and accessing health care.
Perhaps we should give more consideration to the trade-offs and return on investment for saying something versus saying nothing.
We're at constant risk of projecting outdated threats. Could our lives be more unconsciously determined than we imagined?
Even when they are not physically attacked, children witness 68% to 80% of domestic assaults. Sobering new reports reveal an indirect toll COVID-19 is taking on kids everywhere.
Especially in the midst of the pandemic, couples must work to develop freedom within the pushes and pulls of powerful emotions in their relationships.
Blake Griffin Edwards is a licensed marriage and family therapist, behavioral health director, and integrated care consultant in Washington State.