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The importance of context: Bread and Jam for Frances and the Culture of the Cockpit

Over the past few decades the focus of psychotherapy increasingly returned to its emphasis on the internal state of the individual. While psychoanalysis focused on unconscious processes newer models emphasize a focus on thoughts, (such as Acceptance and Commitment therapy), … Continue reading

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What makes for great psychotherapists? Practice versus Talent

What makes for great psychotherapists? Practice versus Talent Earlier today (11/20/16) I had the good fortunate to listen to the Freakonomics Radio Hour on NPR, which featured a discussion between the show’s host, Stephen Dubner, and the psychologist, K. Anders … Continue reading

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Therapist Concerns and the Interface with Clinical Issues

Therapist Concerns and the Interface with Clinical Issues October 2016 In the fall of 2015 I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion with other members of the Illinois Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, at the Illinois Psychological Association’s … Continue reading

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Couples at an Impasse: Changing Therapists versus Changing Treatment Modality

Recently I have had two clients referred to me for individual therapy, by therapists who had worked with the client and his/her spouse in couples’ therapy. In both instances the referring therapists explained that the clients had “individual issues” which … Continue reading

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Challenges to Coordinating Care in the age of “Integrated Care”

For those who regularly follow the news on health care the push for “integration” is one of the most frequently highlighted issues.  The Affordable Care Act calls for and mandates greater integration of services.  Moreover, professional organizations and insurance companies … Continue reading

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Improving Effectiveness with an Integrative Approach to doing Therapy

A few weeks ago I attended an all day workshop on the Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks  (IPCM) approach to therapy (1).  This workshop  activated my thinking about how to improve effectiveness in therapy, an issue I have been delving into … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Andrew Solomon’s “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity”

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity   by Andrew Solomon                  How do parents understand, accept, nurture, value, support and cope  with children who are different from them? Are conditions we may normally think of as … Continue reading

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Not Just CBT Light!

            To begin with a little self-disclosure: I have been highly skeptical of ACT.  First, the clinicians who first explained ACT to me probably were not the best ambassadors for the model. Their descriptions and explanations made ACT sound as … Continue reading

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Brothers: On his Brothers and Brothers in History: by George Howe Colt

                Brothers, by George Howe Colt, is a combination memoir and psychological examination of the relationship between brothers.  Colt alternates between an examination of his relationship with his three brothers (from their early childhood into adult life) and a psychological … Continue reading

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Ethical Challenges Posed by Technology & Social media

Today’s therapists have the opportunity and challenge of using a variety of tools that did not exist (or were not readily accessible) 10 years ago. Many private practitioners have websites and participate in on-line forums and list-serves. Email, social media … Continue reading

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