Author: Candice Hershman

Crisis and the New Prescription: Wearing a Different Set of Glasses

Today I went to pick up a new pair of eyeglasses. Every time I have ever worn a new pair of specs, something very interesting happens, regardless of whether my prescription changes. I put the glasses on, and everything looks clearer, at first. Then I get up to walk away, and the world appears slightly… Read more »

Western Psychotherapy: Have We Cultivated an Age of Narcissism?


“Narcissus.” Photo by Adi Ness (2000). I spoke with a fellow psychotherapist this weekend at the Sixth Annual Conference for the Existential Humanistic Institute in San Francisco about a topic that seems to be presenting itself to me in many circles. It is a topic that I have been motivated to explore because of personal… Read more »

The Role of Beauty in Building Resiliency: Seeing Beyond the Problem


The value of therapy can be somewhat of a mystery, even with a general consensus agreeing that it is a tool used to improve one’s life and solve problems. However, to an educated clinician, the very word “therapy” is a meta-tool beneath which are many smaller concepts and methods to support any person with any… Read more »

Perception, Paradox, and Love: Understanding Songs and People


David Gilmour of Pink Floyd in the 1970s. Some songs get taken for granted. We listen to them over and over again, feeling a vague sense of sentimentality and yet never really understanding their brilliance until we are ripe enough in our experience to finally hear them with a more evolved set of ears. I… Read more »

I, Thou, and the Infinite: Meditation on Martin Buber


Being an existential psychotherapist entails the holding of some primary values for me, the most central being the power of relatedness and its contribution to the healing process. I have read article after book after article that includes references to the I-Thou versus I-It relationship as pertaining to the writing of Martin Buber, almost to… Read more »

Developing a Self by Loving Others: The Paradox of Relationships and the Widening Circle


Erik Erikson I have recently started designing and facilitating psychotherapy groups for people with chronic/acute mental health diagnoses.  When I initially took this position, I decided to ask my clients what issues they need help with the most, and their answer was relationships.  Now, I think one of the main tasks in working with people… Read more »