I am using this space to share thoughts, from time to time, that come from my clinical work and reading.  I hope this is helpful for you.


Some people grow up in families where it isn't safe or accepted to experience certain feelings --- let alone learn to express them.  As a result, it can sometimes be difficult as an adult to know what emotions might be swirling inside you.  In addition to the ongoing opportunity therapy provides in connecting with feelings, can be a helpful tool in identifying feelings that are buried and not so easily accessed.

September, 2018

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Many people struggle with getting their finances in order. Sometimes psychotherapy can be helpful in understanding how current feelings or family history affect your ability to live within your means or to plan securely for the future. In addition to therapy, an organization that can be helpful in managing the practicalities of dealing with debt is the National Foundation for Credit Counseling which provides referrals for free or low cost help with credit counseling.

August, 2018

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As Andrew Solomon notes in his book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, "It is frighteningly easy to accumulate material about depression." Given that chronic depression affects some 19 million Americans and another 2.3 million struggle with manic-depression, this statement isn't surprising. Solomon's book is a touching memoir of his own struggles with depression as well as a comprehensive review of the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of the illness. For anyone who is touched by this "demon" --- either personally or through a family member or friend --- I strongly recommend this book.

July, 2018

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Many people intuitively feel the benefits of psychotherapy. Talking with a therapist can decrease painful feelings as well as help in finding better ways to connect with others. Susan Vaughan's book, The Talking Cure, explains the neuroscience of talk therapy and how working with a therapist actually alters our brain functioning. It's a valuable resource in learning about the science behind psychotherapy.

June, 2018

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For therapists who want to deepen their ability to work with dissociation, and for anyone who wants a better grasp of their own experiences of "not being there", I highly recommend The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis.  Edited by Elizabeth Howell and Sheldon Itzkowitz, this thoughtful book has articles ranging from historical perspectives, to clinical implications, to current research on dissociation and dissociative disorders.  I found this book very enlightening.

May, 2018

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