Enhancing therapy with ‘Energy Psychology’

In my 27 years of practice as a clinical psychologist, I have been guided by a continuous curiosity to study and implement the most effective tools for helping my clients experience relief and healing. Whether the techniques are firmly rooted in the psychotherapeutic establishment or newly emerging, the main question for me has always been, […]

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  • Compulsive pleasing is deceptive and dangerous

    The truism, “It is better to give than to receive,” is a cliché that reflects a pro-social character trait, selflessness. Selfless individuals, caretaker personalities, invariably place the welfare of others before their own. They are typically pleasing and accommodating and at least at first blush others view them with respect if not adoration. Those in […]

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  • Can Confidentiality be Maintained in Group Therapy?

    Confidentiality is a cornerstone of healthy therapeutic relationships and effective treatment and is based upon the ethical principles of autonomy and fidelity, and to a lesser degree, beneficence and nonmaleficence. Autonomy assumes clients have the right to decide to whom they will reveal information, and confidentiality is based upon respect for clients’ ability to choose […]

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  • Psychotherapy, Suicide & Teens

    Whether one sees the ages 13-18 (the adolescent years) as Erik Erickson’s search for identify, a “crisis,” “emerging adulthood,” a “time of transition” or a “stage of becoming,” there is little doubt that it is a time of severe disruption developmentally as the boy or girl experiences major bio-psychosocial change along with cognitive growth, leading […]

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  • Psychodynamic dangers in treating BPD

    Psychiatrist Thomas Gutheil describes several psychodynamic characteristics of people with BPD that can lead to lawsuits: Rage Borderline rage is so intense that therapists often feel coerced into acting against their best therapeutic judgment. They may be afraid to set limits or boundaries. Alternatively, their reaction to clients’ rage may be to become too rigid. […]

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  • Washington latest state to tackle conversion therapy

    Washington is the latest state to consider banning the use of conversion therapy for minors, while similar legislation has been approved by a New Jersey senate committee. A Massachusetts bill banning the therapy for minors will undergo hearings beginning in June and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in April and is […]

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  • Basic elements of the etiology & treatment of eating disorders

    Eating disorders are among the most mysterious and complex of psychopathologies. Popular misunderstanding and professional disagreement confuse the picture even more. Three elements must be present for an eating disorder of any kind to occur: a history of rejection, a tendency toward perfection and a sense of a loss of control. Of course these elements […]

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  • Counseling the Elite Athlete

    I have spent 20 years providing counseling and consultation for clients in the world of sports. From sports organizations to teams to individual athletes, my clientele reflects a diverse and varied set of presenting issues, concerns and dynamics. To assume that I would be prepared to deal with this myriad of concerns based solely on […]

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  • Bariatric surgery patients need sex counseling

    Obesity is associated with life-threatening co-morbid conditions including type-2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and certain cancers. Given the severe consequences of obesity and the short-term results with traditional diet programs, many American adults undergo bariatric surgery for weight loss. Pre-operative psychosocial assessments are often required to determine appropriateness for surgery, as well as post-operative risk […]

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  • The Minefield of Divorce Counseling

    Statistics indicate that at least 50 percent of all marriages fail in the United States, creating a potential increase in the need for psychological services. The demand for psychologists is limited not only to post-divorce therapy but often includes couples counseling preceding the divorce. Not to be forgotten are the minors of the marriage who […]

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