Mar
02
Chapter 142: If Looks Could Kill– “Hello, I’m Dr. Pepper and just like my counterpart here…. I’m so misunderstood”. Strutting into the classroom for the first time, I knew that I was dead meat. This was the first graduate school class that I taught and I wanted to make a...
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Mar
01
When President Trump plays fast and loose with the facts, is it small wonder that his nominees are accused of lying under oath? Trump has referred to his administration as ‘a well oiled machine’: I think a more apt metaphor would be: ‘The fish stinks from the...
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Feb
14
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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Feb
10
                   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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Feb
09
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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Feb
07
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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Jan
30
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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Jan
13
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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Jan
04
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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Jan
01
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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Dec
16
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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Dec
12
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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Dec
02
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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Nov
24
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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Nov
03
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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Oct
25
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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Oct
10
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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Sep
04
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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Aug
22
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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Aug
13
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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