Chapter 230: A Cyber Stalker In Group

Chapter 230:  A Cyber Stalker In Group Therapy Despite my group therapy rule about confidentiality: “Members are  known to each other on a first name basis only and nothing leaves the room”—some group members don’t abide by it, some don’t abide by it gleefully. Nick was such an...
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To Have Someone Is To Lose Someone

                   Chapter 79: “To Have Someone Is To Lose Someone” In order to cope with day to day living, we all deny the inevitable. The fact that most of us outlive our parents, some even dying of old age, does not lessen the pain of the loss.  For however long...
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The Addict In Group

Chapter 147: The Addict in Group  We humans are dependent creatures. We are born dependent and need each other throughout our lives; but when our relationships don’t meet our three basic dependency needs—-: 1.To be loved 2. To be accepted 3. To be understood— we...
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I’m A Professional Voyeur

Chapter 61: I’m a Professional Voyeur I get paid to be a yenta. As a group therapist, my job is to stick my nose in other people’s business– that includes their sex lives.    Some of my colleagues don’t see it that way. They think that I’m too intrusive.  Some of the...
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Humpty-Trumpty Sat On A Wall………

Humpty-Trumpty had a great fall All of his toadies and all of his yes-men Couldn’t put Trumpty back together again. To paraphrase George Santayana: “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it”.   History has taught us that presidents, like Lyndon...
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” I Think Your Values Stink”

Chapter 205: “ I Think Your Values Stink” Milton, a very rich real estate developer, was full of himself. He treated people, himself included, as objects. When he told the group he wanted help deciding what kind of  car to buy– a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, I almost laughed...
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Are You Happy With Your Weight?

Chapter 133: Are You Happy With Your Weight?   Eating disorders are one of the most difficult disorders to treat. Obviously, we can live without drugs and alcohol but not food. One of my first questions at a screening interview with overweight prospective group members is: “Are...
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“Are You Getting The Reaction You’re Looking For?

Chapter 49: “Are You Getting The Reaction That You’re Looking For?” Many years ago, I looked around the group room while members listened in stunned silence as Tasos animatedly told the group of his weekend of debauchery. The group looked at him in shock.  Tasos, a handsome,...
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“Friends, Romans & Countrymen” Political Discussions In Group

Chapter 194 “Friends, Romans and Countrymen”—Political Discussions In Group In the wake of the contentious presidential election of 2016, my therapy groups have been galvanized, and at times, have become polarized, as members vent their feelings about the results.  While members...
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Table of Contents: 99 Unconventional Interventions

I’d like your opinion. Do these chapter titles and brief descriptions draw your interest? Table of Contents:“ 99 Unconventional Interventions In Group Psychotherapy” Part I: Unconventional Techniques For Non –Treatment Destructive Resistance   1. Chapter 1: Clothes...
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Don’t Be An Aggressive Force In A Frightened Woman’s Life

Interventions are in bold print. Chapter 4: Don’t Be An Aggressive Force In A Frightened Woman’s Life Some group members are in individual treatment with me, some are not.   For those seen only in group, I always make sure to have some verbal contact with them each session,...
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I’d Like Your Opinion

I’d like the opinion of my blog readers. A prospective publisher has recommended that the chapters in my new book be written  in the format of a power point: Intervention, Example, Contraindictions. I think people prefer reading a story with the interventions written as an...
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The Post Dated Check

A group member approached me after group and handed me his check. He told me that it was post-dated and asked me not to cash it until it was good.  I said:”Ok”.  After he left, I looked at the post date — The date was 20,016. Did you believe in Freudian slips? ...
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Clothes Make The Man

Here’s Another Chapter From My Book: ’99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy’ One of my group rules is the dress code. I consider group therapy to be work and I expect members to dress accordingly. Back in the day, that meant jacket and tie for...
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When In Doubt –Don’t

Here’s another chapter from my new book: ’99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy’ When In Doubt—Don’t Drew struggled with weight related issues all his adult life.   Approaching middle-age, he was morbidly obese but unable to stick with to a...
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Chapter: Cell Phones In Group–Weapons of Mass Distraction

The intrusion of cell phones in social interactions has reached epidemic proportions in our society.  Professor Marty Kaplan has labelled the phenomenon: ’WMD-Weapons of Mass Distraction’.  The other night, for example, while out to dinner, we saw a family of four seated around a...
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A Case Of Mistaken Identity

You have received a new contact form message. Name : Mel CrumplerMessage : I love my Diet Dr. Pepper!  But in the last month or so it seems like every bottle of 16.9oz that I open is basically flat (all are within date).  I have thrown away 2-6pks this past weekend alone.  Before...
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Group Can Help With That

Here’s another Chapter from my new book.  Let me know what you think of it. Chapter 24 : Group Can Help With That When a prospective new patient presents relationship problems at the screening interview, I say: “Group can help with that”.   This statement is more than a...
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My Response To NY Times 7/24/16 “Marrying Melanias, Raising Ivankas”

While thought provoking, Jill Filipovic’s thesis about Trump’s family values, that men– ‘want their wives at home while they celebrate the professional successes of their daughters”- leaves out one person,–Tiffany.  There is no word of her in...
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Preface: 99 Unconventional Interventions In Group Psychotherapy

The following is the Preface to my next book.  The blog entry of July 15th called: “The Body Poet” is a sample chapter. If the concept of this book intrigues you, please let me know. Preface: 99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy             9...
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