Jun
06
Here is the proposal for a workshop that I recently sent to Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. I’d like to know your thoughts about it. Is the topic of interest to you?  The title is: Emotions Are Like Energy Einstein’s law of the conservation of energy states energy can...
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May
03
Group psychotherapy is for people who have problems with relationships. And who hasn’t had some problem with relationships, either personal, professional or both at some point in their lives?  That is why I believe, at one time or another, we are all good candidates for...
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Apr
23
I had to see the new movie, “The Death of Stalin”, after friends and colleagues told me how funny it is. It wasn’t funny to me. Expecting a Marx Brothers farce, I saw Karl Marx on crack cocaine. I’ll leave the details and the reviews for your own judgment....
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Mar
24
Some years ago, after my therapist of thirty years retired, I decided to try to wing it on my own for a while. I had been in some form of psychotherapy since I was 23. I thought this was a good time for a break from treatment. (For what it’s worth, that story is told in my...
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Feb
01
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...
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Feb
01
You have received a new contact form message.                                           This is an actual e-mail. Only the name and the sender’s location have been changed. Dear Dr. Pepper : I love my Diet Dr. Pepper!  But in the last month or so it seems like every bottle...
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Jan
18
In recent days, the headlines have been ripe with explosive stories about the abuses of power at the hands of misogynistic men who run the movie and TV industries. While these revelations are egregiously shocking, they are nothing new, as tales of the casting couch go all the way...
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Dec
19
To The Editor: While it was heartening to read that group therapy helped the author resolve her tendency to select inappropriate men in her romantic life, as a group therapist  I have a professional responsibility to let the general reader know that not all group therapists blur...
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Dec
04
To The Editor: As a group psychotherapist and sociologist, I concur with the author’s assessment of the vicissitudes of   the unexamined male libido. However, I disagree with his conclusion.  In the last paragraph he writes: ‘I’m not asking for male...
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Nov
04
In a recent and brilliant lecture/concert  at the 92nd Street Y, Dr. Richard Kogan, a psychiatrist and concert pianist,  told the audience about the life of George Gershwin and also played his music. One amusing anecdote about Gershwin’s life keeps running through my mind. ...
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Oct
03
Recently, I received a call from a guy who said he found my name through an internet search.  I asked him, “How can I help you?” He said that he needed a letter from a licensed psychotherapist to vouch for his fitness to own a gun. He asked me, “Will you write a...
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Sep
06
A colleague of mine with years of experience in multiple 12 step programs who would prefer to remain anonymous wrote: I checked out your post and I like it but I’d like to weigh in on a few things since I have experience in support groups (AA for 14 years). -The anonymity is...
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Aug
19
Some people confuse the two; they are not the same. However, they complement each other. Support groups are not therapy groups for several reasons. First, support groups are self-help groups and members are encouraged to have contact with each other outside the group. ...
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Aug
01
While driving past a cemetery, my 5 year old grandson asked us, “Is this Heaven?” When he said good-bye to his big sister for the summer, as she left for sleep-away camp, he asked his mommy, “Is this what sadness feels like?”   My granddaughter,...
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Jul
18
  Table of Contents Some People Don’t Want What They Say They Want– 100 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy      Acknowledgments   Preface   Introduction   Part I: The Nitty-Gritty of Doing Group Psychotherapy Phrases that Inhibit Spontaneous Interaction...
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Jul
07
Here is the first chapter from my new book, “Some People Don’t Want What They Say They Want–100 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy” Chapter 1 Phrases that Inhibit Spontaneous Interaction If the goal of the group contract—Say how you feel...
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Jun
12
Chapter 40 He Left Out the Best Part of the Story Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us” (Kelly, 1953). Everyone has a story. By that, I mean we all put a spin on the events of our lives that fits the script of who we tell ourselves, and the world, we think we are....
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Jun
03
5/31/2017 Table of Contents 99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy Preface Introduction Part I: The Nitty-Gritty of Doing Group Psychotherapy 1. Phrases that Inhibit Spontaneous Interaction 2. Leading a Group Should Be Gratifying Part II: Some People Don’t Want...
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Jun
01
Chapter 133 Never Tell a Bulimic, “Don’t Binge!” Food, like sex, is one of the pleasures of life. But, just as with sex, if taken to an extreme the pleasure of food morphs into a compulsion. That is why eating disorders are one of the most difficult disorders to treat. Obviously,...
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May
03
Chapter 101 The Final Chapter Woody Allen famously said, “I’m not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Have you ever walked into a room and have forgotten why you walked in there in the first place, only to fear—is this it? The beginning of the end of...
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