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It’s Not the Glass That’s Half Full/Empty; It’s the Breast

We judge each other as dispositioned towards negativity or positivity, scarcity or abundance, as if it is a chosen disposition. We imagine the concept of a glass half full or half empty as a perspective that people choose. We go so far as to consider...
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Psychotherapist as a Dance Archeologist

An element of a good psychotherapy, the one which requires the most skill and psychological strength from the therapist, is our work at uncovering early childhood dynamics (archeology) impacting our daily patterns (dances). Whatever brings folks t...

Confessions of a Popaholic: An Erotic Fetish

You likely wish you didn’t know how some psychotherapists care about your poop/pee/breast feeding and how cigarettes/cigars might be symbolically linked to a wish to suckle on a breast or fixation on penises. Sorry, but it is true. And given that, how is it we don’t think about pimple popping.
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Thinking About Divorce or Suicide? Stop it! For 6 Months

When we are considering giving up, on our relationship, or on life itself, our thoughts become narrowed to whether or not we are going to give up, and how we would leave if we decide we are done. From thoughts in divorce about how we would afford mov...

When your Client is Racist; In 3 Not So Easy Steps

When your Client is Racist (or Homophobic, or Anti-Muslim/Semitic, Sexist, or otherwise hating/afraid of an entire segment of the population. Of all the many bridges we cross in our work to join our clients, isms can not only significantly compromis...
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Eye Rolls, Shrugs, and Why Trump Is So Provocative

It is both hard to turn away and unbearable to watch. Trump has garnered more blind love and searing hate than any political figure in memory. For those who love him, watching him speak, and gesticulate, is cathartically satisfying like a good vent, ...
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Colin Kaepernick, Beyoncé, Chappelle and the Protest of Black Lives Matter

As during most weeks of this past year, social media has been rife with commentary related to issues of race, justice and protest. Many folks reacted with rage at the form some of the protest took, in particular Colin Kaepernick’s decision to remain ...
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Clinical Study and Supervision Group (16 CE’s) Learning from our Mistakes

Learning from Our Mistakes: Beyond Dogma in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy For both seasoned clinicians and beginners alike, getting unknowingly sucked into enactments with clients is par for the course of long-term work traversing the world of ...

Three Key Fathers Parenting Jobs, Analytically Speaking

Psychoanalytic theory pays plentiful attention to the role mothers play in early childhood development. The first weeks of life are dominated by the mother-infant relationship, often referred to in the analytic world as the nursing couple*. (To be cl...

Client Irritating You? Boring You? It is Useful Counter-Transference

When we tell someone at a party that we are a psychotherapist, they inevitable ask “Don’t you get bored hearing about everyone’s problems”? Or “Doesn’t it get irritating listen to people complain about their problems all day”? Most therapists would a...