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
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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Aug
02
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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Jul
23
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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Jul
15
Emotions like energy, can neither be created nor destroyed.  The theory goes that if the feelings are not put into words, they are transformed either in action or physical symptoms. Here’s an example of the later. A group member, Martin, often complained of stomach aches....
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Jun
02
THE MAN’S SECTION I’m more of an ethnic Jew than a religious one. As a ‘buffet Jew’, I pick and choose which customs and ceremonies to observe. During the High Holy Days, I like to attend Yizkor, the memorial service, for my parents and other deceased...
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May
30
  The other morning, as my dog, “Molly”,  and   I were nearing the end of our daily constitutional through Riverside Park, I heard a guy calling for his dog.  “Max”!   “Max”! was his plaintiff cry. I couldn’t see the owner but...
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May
26
While pushing my granddaughter on a swing in her backyard, singing songs and telling  each other silly jokes, seemingly from out of nowhere, she asked:” Have you ever kissed me?”  What a smart girl, I thought. The truth was that I hadn’t.  When she was very...
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May
14
Early the other weekday morning my fiancée, Lois, opened the refrigerator and saw my wallet sitting there. As I as getting dressed for work, she approached me with a sad, scared look on her face. “Are you okay, honey?” she asked.  I said:” Yeah, why are you...
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May
11
During a discussion in my Sociology class at NYIT, the subject turned to the concept of the ‘glass ceiling’.  I told the story of a woman I knew who had been promoted to the Board of Directors of a large corporation. As a Board Member, she was entitled to attend board...
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Apr
04
From 1986 until his death in 2008, I was a student of the world-renowned, brilliant, charismatic, authoritarian group psychotherapist, Dr. Louis R. Ormont; but in addition to his genius, Ormont was also an ethical mess.  Ormont had fluid ego boundaries; he treated and trained the...
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Mar
29
I couldn’t believe my eyes. While riding the subway home one night, I turned to the obituary page and saw the picture of a familiar  sad, half-smiling face of a young man that I once knew. At first, it didn’t click. I knew the face but for a split second...
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Mar
10
The expression: “Hoisted on his own petard” comes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  It means being injured by one’s own device that was intended to injure others.  Wouldn’t it be ironic and fascinating if after all the bluster, the one person to  bring...
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Mar
01
The New York Times   Letters to the Editor February 29, 2016 Rehabilitation Escaping Addiction TO THE EDITOR: Re “Rehab Rooted in Science” (Profiles in Science, Feb. 23): As a group psychotherapist for over 35 years, I take exception to the characterization of the treatment...
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Feb
13
I had to laugh. During the 2016 Democratic Primary Campaign, Chelsea Clinton made a hilarious slip of the tongue. In comparing Bernie Sanders to her mother, instead of referring to him as Senator Sanders, she called him President Sanders.  Of course, she immediately reversed...
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