Monthly Archives: October 2007

Feeling better or being better?

One of the confusions in conversations about therapy is a failure to distinguish the outcomes of feeling better and being better. Especially in media comparisons or reports of psychotherapy studies, the attempt to help people feel better is mostly conflated … Continue reading

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Being known

With each encounter, human beings carry the background question, “Is this a person who wants to know me?” Meeting, communicating, connecting, and finding commonalities are all points of contact where a relationship is defined. Is this a relationship where it … Continue reading

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Agency and the unconscious

One significant difference in different types of psychotherapy is their approach to the unconscious. Some therapies ignore the contents of the unconscious and focus on what a person can introspect, while other therapies attempt to “make the unconscious conscious” as … Continue reading

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Relativism

For many years during my study of long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, I worked with a group who were committed to the idea that only their type of therapy was effective, and everyone would be able to achieve an optimal experience of … Continue reading

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Yin yoga

Recently I attended a yin yoga class. Although I have taken many yoga classes in the past, I had never heard of this type of yoga and was curious about it. The instructor, Denise Kaufman, gave us a great deal … Continue reading

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What do you do?

Fairly frequently people ask me what I do. For example, a few days ago, I was in the bank, talking to the banker about a home equity loan. He asked, “What do you do?” I said, “I am a psychotherapist,” … Continue reading

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Brain Research and Therapy

It is gratifying to those of us who have directly experienced the concrete benefits of long-term psychotherapy to see our personal experience supported by current brain research. There is an explosion of directions in research centers across the country connecting … Continue reading

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Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

This past weekend, the University of California at Los Angeles held a conference on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Sarah Lazar presented her research on brain changes in meditators (Click here for Dr. Lazar’s website). She found that people who meditate over … Continue reading

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Welcome!

I am delighted you are here. My purpose is to promote an understanding of long-term therapy. With all of our efforts to do more and be more, we sometimes believe we can skip over steps in pursuing our goals, but … Continue reading

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