Group Psychotherapy: Considerations & Guidelines

Ensemble, visibility and education are key concepts for group psychotherapists. Ensemble Ensemble is the operative concept and primary goal of all effective groups (ensembles). Ensembles strive to function increasingly effectively in ensemble. I learned the significance of ensemble from lifelong experience as a chamber-music ’cellist. The importance of ensemble is demonstrated by the optimally functioning […]

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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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  • 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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  • What is the Power of Group Psychotherapy?

    Man is a social animal who remains group-oriented to ensure survival, connection and belonging. Our lives begin in family groups and we function thereafter as members of groups at school, work and in communities. The origin of the power of the group as an agent of change to promote healing lies buried in antiquity. But, […]

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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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  • 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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  • Ohio Teen’s Suicide Stirs Conversion Therapy Discussion

    The suicide of an Ohio transgendered teenager who was forced into conversion therapy treatment has jump-started the discussion about the need for legislative bodies throughout the nation, including Congress, to prohibit the controversial practice for minors. The Dec. 28 death of Leelah Alcorn, 17, of Kings Mills, a Cincinnati suburb, prompted the Transgender Human Rights […]

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  • Breast Cancer Survival Rates Improve with Psychological Intervention

    In what could be major step in the battle against breast cancer, an 11-year study by Ohio State University’s Department of Psychology shows that psychological intervention may very well improve a woman’s survival rate. The study showed that breast cancer victims might have a better chance of survival, said Barbara Andersen, Ph.D., professor of psychology, […]

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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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