Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Why Did I Forget This Blog?

It is almost ten years since Everyone Needs Therapy first went live. Other blogs come and go, but it occurs to me that if you have a life in your head, and you have to get it out of there, that blogging is an option.

Must be for me, since this writing thing is going on for 35 years now.

It started, strangely enough, when someone stepped onto my professional turf, and a very primitive part of me said, my toy, find your own. I had landed what I thought would be an amazing opportunity, and another social worker heard about it and set up shop there, too.

So I went home and started to write a novel, learned that it is really, really hard to write novels. Over the years I've learned that it is also really really hard to write anything with a sustainable focus beyond a few pages, such as a blog, which is why we're here.

The interloper has since passed on, she's doing therapy in the sky, suffered much in her last few years, and naturally, she did write a book, and she published it.

It shames me, when I think about it, that I couldn't share the territory, that I didn't realize there will always be a need for more therapists in every town, in every location. Because you know, everyone really does need therapy.


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Monday, November 06, 2006

More feel good, feel bad

There are posts about things that make you feel bad, or good. What would you guess on these?

Separating and Self : The Anti-enmeshment Factor

Getting Crazy and Humor

Copyright 2006, TherapyDoc

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Feel good, feel bad

There are posts about things that make you feel bad, and posts about things that make you feel good. It won't take much imagination to decide which ones these two belong to:

Humiliating Others-Deliberate Abuse that Cuts Deep

Oprah, Child Abuse, and Secondary Trauma

Copyright 2006, TherapyDoc

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Falling asleep in shul is not just another Jewish thing

I’ll bet you’re thinking, oh no.

Another Jewish thing, like the one she did on Rosh HaShana or when she was even MORE Jewish and wrote about being in the synagogue on Yom Kippur. And then there’s that weird mantra post she wrote about finding lost objects. Nam myo ho re. . . (never mind).

Foiled again.

No, this one's really about listening. Could have been titled, What the Rabbi Didn't Say.


Copyright 2006, TherapyDoc

Friday, November 03, 2006

Antidepressants and kids

I posted this on on November 1, 2006 when a story came out in the news, once again dissing medication for teenagers, declaring the jury's still out.

Frankly, when this happens professionals in my field want to scream. So I did.

Check this link about suicide, antidepressants, and teenagers.

Therapy Doc

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Me

This is a humorous look at SADS and my personal discovery of light. Check it out. It was posted on November 2, 2006.

It's autumn, what did you expect?

Thursday, November 02, 2006

About the Co-Investigator

Sometimes a therapist will consult with me, looking for the easy answer to what's going on with a patient and where to go with it next.

I want to say, What's the rush, it took a long time for whatever this is to evolve, what's the hurry to fix it boom, boom, boom. Get to know your client, enjoy the relationship.

But what I end up saying is that it's the patient who will tell the therapist where to go next and what strategies are going to work.

So the rest of the story is here. I wrote it on 10-31-06.

It's a interactional kind of therapy.


Monday, October 30, 2006

Child Abuse, Lemme Share about the Poster

One of my patients was looking up at a poster in my office and remarked on it, the same remark I've heard probably a hundred times, no exaggeration. "So true."

It's the Words Hit as Hard as a Fist poster. I blogged on how I got it. Read the comments, too.

The Poster Score