Defining Moments For Therapists
If therapy is a relational process, it takes a person on the therapist’s end. The goal of the project is to capture the therapist’s evolving sense of self as it is shaped by our experiences as active participants in a creative interaction.
The essays in this book are first-person accounts, by eleven therapists, of some “Aha!” moments when they got to understand themselves better, and to understand better why they do what they do.
Publication date: April 18, 2013
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Lynn Somerstein, PhD, RYT – Hurricane Sandy stirred up some powerful emotions, including fear and anxiety. Knowing the difference between them can help you identify real danger
It’s spring. The soft air gentles my skin, the sun wakes me, and when I walk in the park I see tulips and daffodils and smell sweet honeysuckle blossoms. Could it get any better? And yet, at this moment, I am not happy. It’s not just me. In fact, many people feel more miserable in spring than at any other time, because if you feel depressed, spring joyfulness makes you feel worse in comparison. You’re out of step with the times, so you may just make believe to yourself and everybody else that everything is OK. One name for this… Continue reading →
As in the image of the goddess Durga, women everywhere need to celebrate their strengths and gifts. Mother’s day, like any other holiday, means commitment, gratitude and obligation. For those blessed with a good enough mother, say thank you. For people who survived without one, say thank you to yourself and to others who made it possible for you to survive and thrive- your friends, relatives, therapists, lovers, especially your children. For children missing mothers, mothers missing children- I wish the world’s heart.
Should You Attend a Friend’s Wedding Even If Your Heart Says “No”? Part II By Lynn Somerstein, PhD, RYT If you remember from last month, Ellen had to decide about attending her friend Robin’s wedding, to be held in a far away resort- it would be a lot of fun, but Ellen didn’t have enough money to go and couldn’t take time off from her new job, either- she was scared she might be fired- she liked the job a lot, and jobs can be hard to come by. On the other hand, even though… Continue reading →
Balancing on the heart By Lynn Somerstein, PhD, RYT
Think about standing on one foot. Actually, if it’s available to you, I invite you to get out of your seat right now and stand on one foot in the tree pose- o ne foot on the ground, toes spread, while the other leg swivels from the hip out to the side; then the knee bends, and the foot rests on the calf or the inner thigh. Feel the air enveloping you, gravity grounding you. Breathe. Use a sturdy chair for balance; if you like, raise your arms… Continue reading →