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About left0089

Columnist at American News Report. Pain care activist. Poet, memoirist.

Do therapists ever get severe depression? How do they cope with it?

In a word, yes, we therapists are human and are like everyone else subjected to the vagaries of life: divorce, death, illness, etc. For the better part of my nearly 1/2 century career, I have struggled with the debilitating and … Continue reading

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If you’re a practicing psychologist or therapist, and the methods for treating certain conditions change to the point where you know you could now do a better job for one of your prior patients, can you call them back in for more therapy?

No, never. That is our desire, not the desire of a former therapist who has moved past us.

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Whither God

WHITHER GOD My parents raised me Catholic. My mother, an Episcopalian—the word uttered by the nuns of my youth as if “Episcopalian” was a horrid vulgarism—had signed a statement upon marrying my Catholic father that she would not stand in … Continue reading

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Pope stupidly explains criminality of his gang of Catholic Hierarchy pederasts & their psychopathic defenders.

I had some hope, as a former Catholic, that this pope in his initial year might clean up the criminal behavior within the Catholic Hierarchy. But he’s announced that the 60s sexual revolution and homosexual cliques are responsible for the … Continue reading

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Is 45 minutes a standard therapy session?

Yes, Tammy, that’s generally right. I, though, prefer a 50-minute schedule, I like those few extra minutes as they can lead to surprises. However, I’ve been knocked about my whole 45-year career by a chronically debilitating auto-immune disease that has … Continue reading

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THe Endless GIfts of Behcet’s

It came upon me over a decade ago, it came in on language I understood. It came nonetheless.

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Could music therapy help with PTSD or other dissociative disorders?

Yes, it is a good, respected adjunct therapy to the talk therapy that people with PTSD suffer. Put it this way, when someone has been traumatized their world has become fractured, disjunctive and out of sync. Of course, I’m speaking … Continue reading

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Can I ask my son’t therapist for a date?

https://www.quora.com/Can-I-ask-out-my-sons-therapist/answer/Mark-Maginn Can I ask out my son’s therapist? Mark Maginn Mark Maginn, Psychotherapist, poet, memoirist Written 2m ago Certainly can. But should you? Short answer, no. And if you did, I would hope for you son’s sake that he would … Continue reading

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My therapist doesn’t believe me. What is a good way to proceed?

If your therapist cannot adequately explain to you why he has disbelief about you I’d ask if he’s consulted anyone regarding this or worked on this in his or her own therapy. If all that isn’t happening run, don’t walk … Continue reading

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This is for people who have gone to therapy. For therapists, how do you end sessions when you both (you and the client) stand up? How do you know whether to shake hands or to not shake hands? The same question applies to the side of the client.

Steve, you’d be surprised how little we therapists actually know. When I was younger I surely knew much more; now? Well…not so much. I simply rely on my humanity and what I’ve learned over nearly 50 years doing this work. … Continue reading

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