Browsing All posts tagged under »empathy«

EURSR (The Essence of Empathy and Intimacy)

April 13, 2018

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Many of my colleagues are good at coming up with clever acronyms (that spell out words) to help clients remember key coping strategies.  I might have to really think about it if I want to figure out how to make this spell something. This one is Engage, Understand, Reflect, Share, Repeat.  It involves both the […]

Déjà vu (All Over Again)… or What Am I Missing Here?

May 1, 2017

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And I feel like I’ve been here before.  And you know, it makes me wonder what’s going on down under.  David Crosby (Déjà Vu). Do you remember 8 track tapes (or before that 4 track)?  Back in the 70’s, they used to make these audio tapes cartridges.  They sounded pretty good (for analog) but were […]

James Bay Meet Murray Bowen

August 8, 2016

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“Why don’t you be you and I’ll be me?” James Bay, Let It Go Marriage and family therapy is a profession that has only been around for about 50 years.  Prior to that, mental health practitioners solely focused on individual dysfunction.  Most of the early theorists for marriage and family therapy were psychoanalysts who had […]

A Therapist Looks at Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Part 2 – Finn

December 23, 2015

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SPOILER ALERT.  As with my last post, I must forewarn you that I am going to give away some of the plot for the film.  If you haven’t seen it and don’t want to know, read no further. Let me offer some philosophical questions for consideration.  Is empathy something we learn or is it inherent […]

Vantage Point

January 23, 2015

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A few years back, the film Vantage Point told the story of an attempted assassination from the view point of different characters.  As the story unfolds, the viewer sees the same events multiple times, but from different views.  Each character’s perspective provides a different understanding of the events until the viewer gets the full picture […]

You need to care deeply about what is happening for her and not so much about what she thinks of you.

November 13, 2014

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Answer: Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except For Me and My Monkey Question: What is the longest Beatles song title? If you’re ever on Jeopardy and that comes up, now you know.  This is my longest blog post title. If you have been reading my blog or my bio, you may already know that a […]

Healer, Not Whipping Boy

July 3, 2014

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If you have read much of my blog, you know that one of my areas of specialization is treating sexual addiction.  Whether addiction is involved or not, if there has been sexual infidelity or other betrayals of trust in the relationship, the partner is often traumatized.  As with other types of trauma, traumatic reaction to […]