Trauma, Self Blame, Power, & Depression

This conundrum is often the log jam that gets in the way of emotional healing: “When you’re a child, you have very little power to change your environment. You can’t move away, or force somebody to stop hurting you. So, you have two choices. You […]

The Dark Side of Positivity

In our culture of mandatory happiness, wise words from Svend Brinkmann, author of the Danish bestseller Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze: “I believe our thoughts and emotions should mirror the world. When something bad happens, we should be allowed to have negative thoughts and […]

LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapy

From the New York Times, on the importance of working with an LGBTQ-affirmative therapist: “Having a gay-affirmative therapist really changed my life in a lot of ways,” said one student therapist. “I had always thought, ‘I’m just like my straight friends, only I’m attracted to […]

Competent Therapists

Here are 4 things that competent therapists do, according to Michael Karson at Psychology Today. I agree. 1. The therapist understands that a therapeutic relationship is very different from a social relationship. My view is that good therapy requires the patient to take off the […]

Trauma & EMDR

This week, author and war correspondent Sebastian Junger (Perfect Storm, War) talks about PTSD and soldiers on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show. He discusses the importance of a cohesive, communal social network and treatment for healing from trauma. Listen here: EMDR is one therapy that has […]