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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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A Must Read: “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us” by Steven Brill

The cost of medical care has been debated vigorously (and at times viciously) for the past 5 or more years. Many concerns have been raised about the cost of healthcare, as well as issues of access to healthcare. Steven Brill’s … Continue reading

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Why I Still Recommend Family Therapy

Why I Still Recommend Family Therapy February 27, 2013 Over 25 years ago my partners and I founded the Centers for Family Change. One of our motivations, at that time, was to develop a private practice that emphasized family therapy … Continue reading

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Are We a Brand? “Reflections on What Brand Is Your Therapist?”* by Lori Gottlieb

In this thought provoking New York Times piece Gottlieb, a relatively new therapist (and former journalist) describes the dilemmas many clinicians face in terms of “how much” and “how to” market themselves.  This challenge is compounded on increased pressures on … Continue reading

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The Black Swan: Second Edition; A really worthwhile read!

“A thought provoking book” is a gross understatement when it comes to Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan. Taleb forcefully argues that the way we think we understand the world is not valid.  Taleb asserts that randomness, unforeseen and unpredictable events, … Continue reading

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Freud’s Last Session or is there a God

For those with an opportunity, the play, Freud’s Last Session, by Mark St. Germain, is highly recommended.  This play features an elderly Freud, dying of cancer, engaged in an intense discussion with C.S. Lewis. Freud angrily challenges Lewis’ faith in … Continue reading

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Book Reviews and more: A new blog Feature

In this section of the blog I will periodically discuss books that I have found to be thought provoking.  These will not always be works about therapy, and in fact my hope is to identify a wide range of literature … Continue reading

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What makes therapy work?

Recently, I have found myself thinking about this question. I know that my thinking is spurred by the several trends or developments in the mental health field: the push by the American Psychological Association (APA) and other professional groups for … Continue reading

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Effective Strategies for Treating School Anxiety and School Refusal

While it is developmentally normal for younger children to be anxious about school this normal anxiety typically resolves quickly as the child adjusts to school. Moreover, most parents are able to provide the support needed to help their children overcome … Continue reading

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