Tag: Treatment Advances

Understanding domestic abuse can prevent it


For many, it’s a shame filled secret—for society, an emotionally deadly epidemic. It’s happening at record numbers—and its effects are nothing short of catastrophic. Affecting millions each year, intimate partner violence, commonly referred to as domestic violence, is the invisible wound of so many—and the toxic result of love gone wrong. It’s the silent reason… Read more »

Honoring menopause


Women, and to attempt to be more precise, women living in western societies have the lived experience of menopause. Menopause has been shaped by clinical diagnosis and defined as a number of symptoms. Author and British psychologist Sue Brayne recently published, “Sex, Meaning and Menopause” as research based narrative on the physical, emotional and spiritual… Read more »

Existentialism as contemplative psychology


Photo by Tevaprapas Makklay What is the sound of one hand clapping? This is the stereotyped question that keys us into a contemplative process.  Zen teachers use such paradoxical questions to lead students into contemplative states in which it is possible to become comfortable with ambiguity.  Reflecting on things that are logically impossible opens up… Read more »

Keeping the human in psychotherapy


“Cartesian Theater” image by Reverie “Thought is the blossom, language the bud, action the fruit behind it,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson.  More than a century later, psychological research continues to echo these very same sentiments: language has a profound impact in developing a facilitative therapeutic relationship. No one knows this better than humanistic psychotherapists and… 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 »

Maybe you can’t built character through fear


Photo by Bantosh Remember Scared Straight? The film featured a group of youth offenders that were put through a diversion program that gained national notiriaty for its harsh reality based experiential. Teens were brought into the Rahway State Prison in New Jersery with members of The Lifers, men servicing life long sentences who wanted Scare… Read more »

Yoga calms the schizophrenic mind


Photo by Tevaprapas “Yogaḥ citta vṛtti nirodhaḥ.” (Pantañjali, Pada I, Sutra 2, in Iyengar, 1993, p. 45) These mysterious Sanskrit words are actually very familiar to many long-time yoga practitioners. They constitute the second line of the Yoga Sutras of Pantañjali and explain the ultimate purpose of yoga: to cease, or at least control, the… Read more »