Glasser headlines psychotherapy conference

ORLANDO – Renowned psychiatrist William Glasser, M.D., was the top drawing card at the multi-disciplinary 2006 national conference of the American Psychotherapy Association and the American Association of Integrative Medicine held here in September. In a day-long series of sessions, Glasser hammered home his message that drugs should be used only for medically diagnosed brain […]

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  • When is a patient’s behavior unacceptable?

    During my internship, a client offered to barter with me an expensive, stolen camera for 80 therapy sessions. To my embarrassment, my response of “Would you like to tell me some more?” and the discussion was recorded and heard by my supervisor and my supervision group. Further exploration of my “clinically neutral” response brought up […]

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  • Police shootings have heavy psychological implications

    With the exception perhaps of athletes and military personnel, few folks ever experience the exhilaration of having one’s mind and body changed as dramatically as graduates of a police academy. Recruits are transformed into “thinking like a law enforcer,” developing physical strength and prowess and being accepted by society as a special type of public […]

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  • Conference spotlights psychotherapy’s heavy hitters

    Anaheim, Calif. – The array of giants in the field was impressive at the Dec. 9-13 sixth multi-disciplinary Evolution of Psy-chotherapy conference, despite the toll time has taken since the first conference was held in 1985. Keynote speakers were Aaron Beck, M.D., who spoke via video due to ill health; Deepak Chopra, M.D.; Salvador Minuchin, […]

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  • Ten Tips from 40 years in Clinical Practice

    Forty years ago, I began clinical practice after receiving the Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from Queen’s University. The first two post-graduate years were devoted to direct service delivery while serving in a community mental health center in Minnesota. This was followed by three years of university teaching at the doctoral level while providing consultation […]

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  • The psychology of collecting

    Everybody collects something. Whether it be photographs of a person’s vacation, ticket stubs from ballgames, souvenirs of trips, pictures of one’s children, athletes’ trophies, kids’ report cards or those who collect “junk” (pack-rats) and dispose of it in garage sales. The evolution of collecting On the more formal side of “collecting,” it does seem that […]

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  • Cybersex: The “crack cocaine” of sex addiction

    “I have a 12-year-old client who is completely out of control sexually on the internet. How do I treat him?” asked a colleague. Even though I had treated sex addicts for over 20 years, I was taken aback by the age of her client. The description “completely out of control” had, in my experience, been […]

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  • Songs as Adjuncts to Psychotherapy

    Psychologists often suggest self-help books and movies to clients as homework to augment the therapy process. It is evident that therapeutic change can happen as much outside as inside our offices. Now a growing body of research is pointing to the efficacy of using songs and music in a similar fashion. Music has a unique […]

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