Tag Archives: experiential psychotherapy

Sitting With Emotions

We’re often overwhelmed by such feelings as sadness, anger, fear, depression, anxiety and even boredom. In modern society we have an abundance of ways to avoid these unpleasant feelings. Our phones and other devices offer easy escape into games, movies, … Continue reading

Posted in Psychotherapy & counseling nyc | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sitting With Emotions

The Failure of Categories

Experience does not neatly fit into a category. If you tell me that you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, that communicates a list of potential criteria – mood swings, cycling, etc., but it does not tell me anything at all about your experience. When someone focuses exclusively on diagnostic criteria – your ‘symptoms’ – you become nothing more than a pathological entity. You are not merely a bundle of ‘symptoms.’ These diagnostic categories serve the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry, not you. Continue reading

Posted in Psychotherapy & counseling nyc | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Failure of Categories

Empathy is Not Enough

Empathy can be seen as the matching of feelings or the matching of minds. It can reflect compassion, recognition and communion. It reflects an emotional understanding of another person’s feelings or problems. The ability to be empathetic can be a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Empathy is Not Enough

Experiential Psychotherapy

Whether we can know anything outside the world as we experience it is an interesting philosophical question, but it has profound implications when we try to understand another person. This is particularly true in the context of psychotherapy and trying to help another person heal. Continue reading

Posted in Psychotherapy & counseling nyc | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Experiential Psychotherapy

CBT and the Zeitgeist

CBT is a popular therapeutic style, now. The fad. In my view, lasting change of an important type cannot come from such goal-directed, externally-driven exercises. CBT relies on a logical and linear system, and in my experience, people in fact act globally and their actions represent the final common pathway that grows out of a gestalt of their drives, desires, needs, and unconscious and conscious processes. True change arises from an appreciation of complexity. Lasting change involves integration of different aspects of your personality, of understanding why you do things, of unfolding and deepening your understanding of yourself. Effective work with a good therapist involves facilitating change, not directing it. Continue reading

Posted in Psychotherapy & counseling nyc | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on CBT and the Zeitgeist