Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

Advice for the Beginning Psychotherapist:

September 1, 2017

Tags: psychotherapy

(1) Progress in psychotherapy doesnít directly correlate with the amount of talking. (2) A therapist most usually becomes nervous when there is something that they are not picking up. (3) Patients usually know what they should do but canít. (4) Know someone well enough before accepting them as a patient. (5) The initially troublesome patient can turn (more…)

Failure and Success in the Psychotherapy of Autistic Children

June 27, 2016

Tags: psychotherapy, autistic, autism

The aloofness noted in autistic children often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when their therapist considers it a given, something amenable only to simplistic reward/punishment behavior modification techniques. But the autistic child does have relationships though these are inadequate and require nurturing through play therapy.
No special techniques are required since the basic (more…)

Doctors Fear Psychotherapy Too!

October 13, 2015

Tags: psychotherapy, doctor, surgeon

I just read an interesting story about a surgeon whose life became so consumed by anxiety that, for a period of time, she stopped working. While not unusual since anxiety and particularly panic attacks can be disabling, what is revealing is the doctor's resistance to seeking mental health treatment. She rejected the thought of (more…)

Psychotherapy and Artistic Creativity

May 8, 2015

Tags: psychotherapy, creativity, Edvard Munch, writer's block

While psychotherapy remains the best hope for those who experienced emotionally destructive childhoods it is not the only avenue toward health. Artists often use their creative ability to express their conflicts and relieve their feelings. The writer's block, of which so many writers complain, can indicate the presence of a creative blockage caused by (more…)