March 10, 2018

Recently, a client shared a story about his daughter that I think perfectly illustrates how good therapists, managers, and parents can understand the communications of their clients, employees, and children.

My client’s daughter (4) told her parents that she needed to u...

February 16, 2018

A major question in the education and ongoing training for any therapist is the question of how much information they should disclose to their clients. Unsurprisingly, the field is pretty divided about it. While most people would fall somewhere in the middle of the sca...

February 8, 2018

You are probably expecting this article to make a compelling argument for why therapy is worth the money, but that type of article is not helpful to me or you, and that type of approach is, in fact, exactly what good therapy tries to avoid. Allow me to explain what I m...

January 26, 2018

For many people, therapy can be prohibitively expensive. While our medical costs are usually covered by some type of insurance, therapy often is not. And even if your insurance does cover therapy, there can be some major drawbacks, such as: 

  1. a long wa...

January 19, 2018

Our culture—and perhaps all of human culture—places a premium on a person’s ability to help others. To help oneself is portrayed as selfish and egotistical at the worst, of secondary importance at the best. This becomes a problem, however, when everyone is so busy lend...

December 29, 2017

Probably the first thing that comes to mind when I consider what I have learned by experience (rather than formal education) is that the majority of people’s suffering is due to what I informally call “secondary effects.” Secondary effects are thoughts and emotions abo...

December 23, 2017

A colleague of mine often talks about psychology’s “physics envy,” by which he means an insistence in the field of psychology to be a science. Indeed, you would be hard-pressed to find another field that rests so uneasily on the fence between a soft and hard subject. F...

December 16, 2017

In last week’s post, I introduced the idea that our culture discounts the emotional side of life in comparison to the intellectual, logical, or rational. This may be particularly true of people who have been educated in this way. My own education, for example, acted as...

November 22, 2017

One thing I have noticed among my more intellectual clients is an increased emphasis on, well, intellectualism. Among these very bright, educated, and discerning people, there seems to be little or no recognition that there exists an emotional, as well as an intellectu...

November 17, 2017

Each therapist has, to varying degrees, made a decision on the fundamental question of their work, which is how they are going to be helpful. And there are two basic attitudes that they can choose from: the first involves solving clients’ problems, whereas the second i...

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