As a group psychotherapist, I am heartened by one very positive, ironic and inadvertent twist to the debacle over Donald Trump’s mental health. It seems to have whetted the public’s interest in psychology.  As a recent NY Times editorial noted, you don’t need to have a Phd. in psychology to know that Trump’s behavior has been, and continues to be,  more often than not, self-destructive and destructive.   One of the benefits of group psychotherapy is that it provides members with an opportunity to learn how they come across in relationships. Many people have a distorted view of how others see them. I’m not suggesting that Trump would be a good candidate for group therapy, nor that he would even be interested in finding out his part in why so many  view his behavior so negatively. He’s just not interested –which is precisely the problem. But every cloud has a silver lining.  Perhaps, the public’s interest in Trump’s psychology will produce an insurgence of self- reflection among the populous  and lead  others to be more interested in the impact of their behavior on the people in their life. Group therapy can help with that.


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Dr. Pepper has been running groups for over twenty-five years and specializes in group therapy. He has a special gift in helping member's resolve conflicts with.

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