Category Archives: Therapy

Healing from PTSD: your therapist may be a golden retriever

We learn a lot about ourselves in wartime. And we get help in unexpected places. Continue reading

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Taking depression seriously: can we just let go of negative thoughts?

We are surrounded with a sea of potential remedies for depression: herbs, pharmaceuticals, therapy, chocolate, and people who tell us to “just cheer up”. Really? Is that possible? Continue reading

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Status update: online counseling is almost normal

Blink, and your edgy, quirky style goes mainstream.  Online counseling, just the other day considered risky and suitable only for the young and tech savvy, is now covered in the New York Times.  The august APA predicts it is about … Continue reading

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What to do when depression feels normal

Therapy is sometimes understood as restoring people to normal, as if we knew what that meant.  Next time you meet a normal person, would you please let me know?   We  find it reassuring to discover that our fears and yearnings … Continue reading

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How to trust yourself to pick a therapist (you picked a cellphone, right?)

Imagine that you have reached a moment in life when you need to work out something painful and problematic.   Your best friend is not getting it, and today the I Ching seems disturbingly vague.  You want to feel more hopeful … Continue reading

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Green therapy is going mainstream

Once an alternative treatment, green therapy (aka ecopsychology, aka ecotherapy) is becoming more familiar now, beyond the rain forests and retreat centers of the west.   Being at home in the world, of course, means many things; being at peace with … Continue reading

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Chocolate and depression: the research is in

Chocolate is the quintessential comfort food.  When you’re depressed and there’s no easy solution, chances are you might be somebody who thinks the moment could be improved by adding chocolate.   It’s part of our folk wisdom.   I have saved a … Continue reading

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