One of my lifelong priorities has been to demystify the language of psychotherapy. Academic terms and jargon more often make the therapist sound impressive rather than help the patient get better. “Make it simple and down-to-earth for me,” is something I say a lot – to fellow therapists and to my patients, as well. Vague confusion doesn’t do anyone any good. So today I want to demystify two terms in the psychotherapy profession. These thoughts come straight out of my… Read More »
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Thrive in today's world
America’s leaders betray our values of freedom and justice.
The giants of adversity – and the attitude it takes to defeat them.
I share my perspective on the debate about local NAACP President Rachel Dolezal.
The first in a series on our resp0nsibility to our wounded veterans and their families when they return home.
Last week I had the very great pleasure of being interviewed by Dr. Guy MacPherson. Guy is a clinical psychologist and the moving force behind the West Coast Trauma Project, a website dedicated to raising awareness of trauma and helping trauma therapists thrive. “My goal with the West Coast Trauma Project,” Guy explains, “is to help other trauma therapists thrive – through providing actionable information, community building, inspiration and support.” One of the resources Guy offers on his website is… Read More »
Trauma . . . . . . can happen at any age. Healing . . . . . . often proceeds faster in a malleable child than a hardened adult.
I’m seeing several families in my practice now with adolescent sons. Adolescence is a challenging time for kids from even the healthiest of families. It’s a time when teens begin to separate from their parents and establish themselves as individuals. To successfully transition into adulthood, teens need to learn how to take on the tasks of adult life, including job skills, relationship skills, and self- discipline. These can be almost impossible tasks for teens from families with misguided or deficient… Read More »
Trauma . . . . . . can be an isolating experience. Healing . . . . . . happens most fully in relationships. From “A New Normal: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Trauma” by Catherine Woodiwiss
List articles are popular on the internet, some more helpful than others. Catherine Woodiwiss’ “A New Normal: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Trauma” from the Sojouners website is better than most I’ve found on the subject. Catherine has done a good job of translating her experiences with trauma into wisdom and insights worth taking in. Below, you’ll find her first point, “Trauma permanently changes us.” Follow the link at the end of this post to read her entire article. 1.… Read More »