Psychodynamic Treatment of Addictions

Physical Addictions and Psychological Addictions Are Not the Same —You can be physically addicted to a substance without being psychologically addicted to it. —Vets in Robins et. al (1975) study:  90% heroin-addicted do not become addicted to narcotics back in U.S....

Talk to Him

I’m enjoying re-reading David Burns MD’s classic book for professionals and non-professionals alike, Feeling Good: the New Mood Therapy (1980).  I read it for the first time in graduate school in 1990.  It becomes evident as one reads his descriptions of...

Legends in Their Own Minds

Whatever one’s political views of Donald Trump, his candidacy for President has created an important discussion of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the media.  The specific narcissistic trait which Trump (and everyone with the disorder) exhibits is...

Atlanta Child Therapy Conference

Attended thought-provoking child psychotherapy conference at Emory this past weekend.  The main case presented was of a very bright child with various worrisome symptoms who benefitted greatly from intensive therapy over a 3-plus year period.  Therapy provided...

Building Self-Esteem in your Children

Self-esteem is a big subject with differing methods of study and overlapping concepts One can study children directly, or extrapolate backwards in time from adult accounts Effectance Motivation (White, 1959) Mastery, competence Resilience How do “protective factors”...

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