for the town in which I live and work What we are experiencing is a slow-moving trauma. There is a way in which you see something coming, not exactly knowing what “it” is. But you feel the challenge already. It reminds me of the way that we have weathered hurricanes and tropical storms in the […]
Part of an occasional series about phrases that this therapist finds himself repeating, often. As a clinician in private practice, one of the phrases that I hear myself saying sometimes is this: “Handle the emotion first, then talk.” This is another of those multi-purpose phrases, having applications with couples and other relationships, but maybe most clearly […]
My wife and I have been DEEP into the editing process with our publisher. Much of this entire process of publishing has been new to us. We received a book contract, signed it, and sent our manuscript to the publisher. Then we received a “developmental edit”, which was more about style and larger issues. For […]
Part of an occasional series about phrases that this therapist finds himself repeating, often. As a clinician in private practice, one of the phrases that I hear myself saying over and over, often in this way is this: “Remember, anxiety is a body event.” So what does this mean? First, this statement, “anxiety is a […]
Part of an occasional series about phrases that this therapist finds himself repeating, often. As a clinician in private practice, a phrase that I hear myself repeating often is “Our hurts return at different ages and stages”. This phrase generally arises in working with the parents of a child or maybe even a young adult […]
The cure is that we must look at what hurt us in order to live.
So, yes, people often do not know what to expect when you visit a therapist’s office. It can be an awkward, vulnerable, and just a very different sort of conversation than you usually have. If you were going to a general practitioner, then you may get asked questions about your injury, your cough, the possible […]
[Note: This is the last in a three-part series of articles written several years ago for a local publication. The purpose was to do some education about mental health, especially for a church audience. I thought it might be good to revisit.] LMFT. LPC. LCSW. PsyD. MD. M.Div. Ph.D. CAC. RN. CSB. Medicaid. Medicare. MHP. […]