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Dysfunctional Parents

It seems psychologically trite to ‘blame’ who we become on our parents. But we grew out of them. We lived in a world they were in charge of. How could it be otherwise? In a healing journey, it is necessary to temporarily place the responsibility on them for our destructive coping strategies. We have to…
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Of Course I Love My Clients

I first learned to love in my wild & wacky ethnic family. I needn’t say more—the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding covered it for lots of ethnic types. Big-hearted characters with unending generosity and pure intentions rule interactions… even if we are boisterous and dysfunctional. Next, I learned to love through my work with…
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$100,000 of Therapy…Part 2

After my last blog post where I dared to speak out loud about the financial investment I’ve made in therapy, I had some interesting reactions from people: Some were concerned that I didn’t have health insurance to pay for therapy. Others cringed inside, saying, “I have been afraid to add up that number, for fear…
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$100,000 of Therapy

Years ago, when I hit $100,000, I stopped counting the money I spent on psychotherapy. I stopped worrying about when I’d be done, how much money I’d spent, and I no longer felt ashamed that I had “taken so long.” Basically I stopped looking for the door before I had even entered it. I was…
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Come On Down To Play

Psychotherapy is a joyful journey where we cry a little, laugh a little, and breathe a little. All the while we’re talking A LOT. It’s a journey of experimentation, improvisation, and play. Because we’re humans and have big brains capable of self-reflection, we are all students of human nature and of life. Psychotherapy is the…
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It’s About You, Silly.

Your life. Not Facebook or the slogans or videos you like. Not about how many friends you have. Your life was always about you; for you, because of you. Psychotherapy is about you. Come on in sweet light of being, perfect beauty and purity. Come on in; we have been waiting for you. Not only…
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If You Are Thinking About Coming to Therapy…

People seek out therapy in a fairly predictable way. They are plugging along in life doing the best they can. Going to school, seeking out careers and then jobs, and finding love, losing love, finding it again. Dealing with parents and siblings. Starting a family, getting a house. Regular normal stuff basically. We’re all just…
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