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Should there be a government agency dedicated to reducing the number of psychopaths, sadistic people and people with anti-social personality disorders to improve public health and the overall quality of life?

In short, no. I can’t imagine giving that kind of intrusive power to the state. It smacks of the worst sort of authoritarianism. Education about mental illness and providing sufficient public funding for mental health services would be wondrous. I … Continue reading

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Yuya, this is an insightful question that seems to trap most inexperienced therapists. I welcome such communications. It often reveals a benchmark of change when the patient can challenge me. This challenge is exquisitely dangerous to the patient as s/he thinks I will become angry, withdrawn, maybe rejecting, haughty or even narcissistically demand that they the retract the objections if they wish to continue working with me. These are usually transference based expectations. However, many patients run into inexperienced or un-analyzed therapists who’ve yet to resolve their issues in this fragile domain. When this happens, the rule is thus for the therapist: do not attack, do not withdraw from the patient. Accept the patient’s point of view and search for the truth of it. Once the therapist can acknowledge the delicate parts of the patient’s experience as real and crucial, then, with great tact and skill, the therapist might inquire into the transference aspects of the communication. A competent therapist will acknowledge her/his contribution to the interaction. S/he will then be able to assist the patient in looking at the historical antecedents of the criticism,, and the patient’s fears of stating her or his truth to the therapist whom they feel, rightfully, injured them.

Without knowing a great deal more about you and what you consider “paranoia” I would be taking huge liberties with you. Those liberties would be crummy psychotherapeutic help; in short, no help at all and very possibly misleading and unethical. … Continue reading

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Do therapists ever have sessions with clients who tell you that you’re not doing a great job and you’re not helping them? How do you feel and what do you do?

Yuya, this is an insightful question that seems to trap most inexperienced therapists. I welcome such communications. It often reveals a benchmark of change when a patient can challenge me. This challenge is exquisitely dangerous to the patient as s/he … Continue reading

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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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