A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life
September 17, 2018
A prevalent belief is that a patient always tells the truth to their therapist but this isn't true.
1. A woman was referred by her internist to a psychologist for "counseling," the unspoken motive being that she was a continuing, troublesome presence in the doctor's office. That the patient was seriously ill was obvious (more…)
June 26, 2018
Almost paradoxically, what can be most difficult in treating a child is not the child but their parents' resistance to their treatment which derives from misconceptions: that long-term problems can be eliminated quickly; that the therapist will try to control their lives; or simple jealousy, as when the child values their therapist, or a (more…)
September 1, 2017
(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…)
June 27, 2016
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…)
October 13, 2015
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…)
May 8, 2015
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…)