The Hot Wired Couch

When I work with individual patients, at the start of treatment,  I usually ask  them to lie on the couch (with the exceptions of drug and alcohol abusers  or victims of sexual abuse who tend to regress too much under these conditions and  because of overstimulation suffe...
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Harold & Maude Value Gratification Over Analysis

In my work as a group psychotherapist, I am constantly reminded of the importance of maintaining the boundary between therapy and not therapy, not only because of the treacly consequences that can ensue when things get messy but also because of what is revealed about the members’...
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For Milwaukee: Breaches of Confidentiality & Looping

Hello All: For those of you that will be attending my Aurora presentation, I have taken an excerpt from Chapter 5 of my book, “Emotional Incest in Group Psychotherapy—A Conspiracy of Silence” that I think is particularly relevant to clinicians who work with an...
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My Dog’s View of The Elevator

This morning, while “Molly” and I waited for the elevator to arrive and take us  to the lobby on our way to the park, I had this funny thought: “I wonder what she ‘makes’ of the elevator?”–We stand there waiting, the door slides...
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There is No Such Thing as a Gay or Straight Personality

A very wise friend once said to me: “You are unique….just like everyone else!”  It is my belief that we are all more alike than we are different. Independent of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, in other words,...
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The Bane of A Professor’s Life or How I Blew The Whistle on Texting During Class

The bane of the college professor’s life, these days, seems to be  students  texting in class.  As a Professor of Behavioral Science at NYIT, I have firsthand experience with this irritation. It is rude, distracting  and has reached epidemic proportions.  Within the last...
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Lolita & Don Juan: The Reckless Lovers and How I’m in the Middle Pt. 1–Rules are Made to Be Broken

             I’m a character; I know it and I’ll be the  first one to admit it.  Some might even say that I’m a hypocrite.  As an expert on boundaries, I now find myself in the middle of a boundary -less mess with two patients. Here’s another confession:  I’d have it no other...
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Sometimes You Can JUDGE a Book By Its Cover Pt.1

When people ask me why the picture of storm waves as the book cover for “Emotional Incest in Group Psychotherapy–A Conspiracy of Silence”, I say:” I’ll tell you but first tell me your thought about its significance”.  Some say it represents...
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