The process of therapy can be daunting, especially when we don’t really understand what it’s “supposed” to look like or why sitting in a room with another person somehow helps us make lasting changes. Using metaphors as part of the psychotherapy process is not uncommon. Articles and books have been written on the topic with most folks recognizing the utility of metaphors.

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Screen Shot 2017 12 10 at 2.53.43 PMI was recently thinking about sessions over the course of the last few weeks that went smoothly, and those where I felt like we hit some bumps or that we stalled.   I tried to remember the things I did or questions I asked that I thought helped all of us in the room feel some movement.  There were many ideas...

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2017 04 30 15.57.27 resizedI was reading an article in the Chicago Tribune today about Barry Manilow, his recent public “coming out,” and acknowledgment of his marriage to his partner of 40 years.  The article talked about the mixed reactions of the public ranging from support to questions about why Manilow waited so long. 

What disturbed me most about the article was its implication that...

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I was talking with a colleague who recently completed her graduate degree in counseling.  We were discussing one of her cases—a young man who had experienced considerable trauma as a teenager.  Her client knew he had experienced the trauma, but didn’t have clear memories around it.  She was concerned about how much she needed to delve into his traumatic experiences...

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“Will it be a tree or a new garden?” my partner asked me two weeks ago. For the past 15 years, we have been planting as a way to acknowledge and memorialize people and animals in our lives we have loved and lost. The question we ask now is not “what do we do to acknowledge loss” as much as...

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News reports, radio, and the internet have been highlighting a recent letter sent to incoming undergraduates from the administration at The University of Chicago (U of C). Among other things, the letter states that the University does “not condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces' where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own." It may...

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More and more I hear people asking for trigger warnings when there is a chance something someone may say or do will evoke emotional pain. This is happening on college campuses where students are asking faculty to provide warnings about difficult classroom material, as well as in mental health organizations, where clinicians are asking colleagues to provide warnings before talking...

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