MIXED MESSAGES

A middle-aged man has been hospitalized in a psychiatric ward for weeks. His diagnosis of schizophrenia includes symptoms such as delusions and paranoid thinking. His mother visits occasionally, and each time he is told that she is on… Read More

TAKING CHARGE OF PROBLEMS

Problems such as anxiety and depression respond very well to changes in behavior, attitude and thinking. In fact, mental and behavioral health providers agree on this point – medication alone is not enough. In one particular area the… Read More

What is Intelligence?

“You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln All of us… Read More

Understanding Your Feelings

Are men really less sensitive to emotions than women are? My work experience convinces me that’s true. Here is a case in point. One of my male clients reports that he has difficulty understanding what he’s feeling, and… Read More

Healing Emotional Hurts

Therapy for people suffering from psychological trauma took a giant leap forward when EMDR Therapy came onto the scene. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is proven effective in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well… Read More

The Mother of Emotions

“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” – Kris Kristofferson Fear is the source of most, if not all, painful emotions. Hatred, rage, apathy, social anxiety, phobias, envy, jealousy, excessive worry, suspicion, greed, and certain forms… Read More

Responsibility and Boundaries

I’ve been working with a particularly troubled couple. She is a college graduate and works in the social services field. Her salary is not quite enough to support them and their toddler. He did not graduate from high… Read More

“The Tantrum Princess” 

This is a true story. Only the names have been changed. My friends, Mort and Zelda, have a nineteen year-old son, Brent, and a seventeen year-old daughter, Missy. After Missy turned four years of age, she began having… Read More

Venting

In a recent session with a married couple, the wife told me that her husband sometimes comes home from work feeling grouchy. He can’t seem to blow off enough steam, he just keeps venting. She tells him to… Read More

BELIEFS

Our beliefs determine our decisions, thoughts and behavior. A client of mine who suffers from anxiety recently told me that his positive state of mind can turn negative if the slightest thing goes wrong. Over several sessions he… Read More