Lifeboats, Boundaries and Self Preservation

Recently I made the difficult decision to reduce my sense of responsibility for someone I love. It was the most difficult decision I’ve had to make in a long line of challenging life circumstances. It is a problem that so many people face on a day to day basis. Our therapy clients come in with … Read more

Why do you want to be a Psychotherapist?

What is the reason you want(ed) to be a Counselor/Psychotherapist? In my ten years of teaching counseling graduate students, there were some common themes in response to the question(s) about why they wanted to be a counselor/psychotherapist. In no particular order the responses were typically as follows: People come to me with their problems. Everyone … Read more

Planning for the Future…Living in the Present

3 Months at a Time Today I had my anticipated PET scan. I will have one every 3 months for the foreseeable future to monitor the relative health of my lungs. My last PET scan in April 2019 was clear of the cancerous nodules that invaded my left lung and left chest wall. The medication … Read more

Trust and the Cultivation of Professional Identity

A fundamental aspect of professional ethics in any profession rests upon the trustworthiness of the individuals providing the services. Being a professional means in part that you will put the needs and rights of the individuals being served ahead of your own. That does not mean that the service professional should be self-sacrificing. Instead it … Read more