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Therapists as scout or soldier

As a therapist and learner: are you a soldier or a scout? Sometimes our training encourages us to be better soldiers; to see our clients and the world in a particular way and to validate and enforce that perception. As an alternative, Julia Galef encourages “scout mind”. A good Scout is curious, open-minded and well […]

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Remembering Michael Stone

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller – I first met Michael around 2005. I received a call from a young man. He said he would like to talk about the possibility of presenting a workshop about mindfulness for Leading Edge Seminars. At […]

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RECOVERING FROM GRIEF

In the aftermath of her husband’s sudden and unexpected death during a vacation, Shery Sandberg turned to her friend Adam Grant (a psychologist and researcher who studies how people find motivation and meaning) for advice on how to talk to her children. She writes: “We can start by showing children that they matter. Sociologists define […]

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Meeting the popular demand for meditation training… SAFELY!

As personal meditation apps become more popular and more affordable, more and more people are learning to meditate on their own. After talking to neuroscientists, Bob McDonald recently discovered meditation isn’t a cure all and for some it can be harmful. And it can come down to something as simple as your meditation state and […]

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If You Are Thinking of “Firing” A BPD Client

Borderline Personality Disorder is notoriously difficult to treat. Not only has it been poorly understood, specific traits of this disorder can make clients particularly resistant to treatment in the first place. No wonder then, that survivor and advocate for BPD Lisa Waters writes: “It’s not uncommon for people diagnosed with BPD to be “fired” by […]

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The Internet, Your Clients and You

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat argues “online life breeds narcissism, alienation and depression, that it’s an opiate for the lower classes and an insanity-inducing influence on the politically-engaged, and that it takes more than it gives from creativity and deep thought” in this article. I was glad to see this though I’m not in total agreement. What’s […]

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Michael responds to “My Misgivings About Advice” by Parker Palmer

Reading “My Misgivings About Advice” by Parker Palmer (click here for full article or see below), I was both appreciative and shaken. Appreciative because I know there is much truth in Parker’s commentary: our clients often arrive fully equipped with their own ideas about what ails them and the available strategies to best manage their distress. They […]

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Is it time for a brain tune-up

The latest research about neuroscience has taken hold and is influencing popular culture and therapy. This article about “brain tune-ups” presents further evidence about the value of neuroscience and I’m sure we will continue to see similar articles in the media and scientific journals. We are proud to have speakers like Sebern Fisher and Ed Hamlin […]

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PTSD ISN’T A DISEASE: IT’S A WORLD VIEW

Iraq veteran and writer Myke Cole writes: “I kept seeing nonprofit TV spots, charity pieces and solemn psychoanalytical essays. They all described a PTSD that I’d never seen in myself, and more importantly, in anyone else I knew who suffered from it… in my experience, PTSD doesn’t get fixed. That’s because it was never about […]

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How Do You Find The “African Violet” Part Of People’s Lives?

Milton Erickson remains a towering figure in the history of psychotherapy. An American psychiatrist and hypnotherapist, he died in 1980 but his approach and creativity continues to influence generations of therapists after him. I had the fortunate opportunity of a six-day training with him and five other therapists in his small converted garage office adjacent to his […]