Manning Up to Psychotherapy: Five Common Misconceptions about Therapy & Masculinity

Manning Up to Psychotherapy: Five Common Misconceptions about Therapy & Masculinity

The ultimate goal of psychotherapy is to help us to better understand the patterns that keep us repeating situations that harm us and those we love so that we can break those patterns that no longer serve us. To enter into psychotherapeutic work is never a last resort. It is always a first step towards taking responsibility for the well-being of ourselves and our relationships to those we care and are responsible for.

The Couples Communication Myth

The Couples Communication Myth

At the initial session with a couple, almost invariably, one of the partners says that the reason they are coming in for treatment is that there is a problem with their communication. Yet couples are communicating all of the time and often what they are communicating is being transmitted in what is not said. The communication starts unconsciously and at the very beginning.

What it Feels Like to be Lost in a Narcissistic Family

What it Feels Like to be Lost in a Narcissistic Family

The pain, emptiness, and confusion of the lost self can be debilitating and intolerable. It is not, however, a hopeless loss. The adult child of the narcissistic family can be found, or perhaps rediscovered, through the trajectory of a life of healing experiences. Through therapy, caring relationships, spiritual reflection, or any form of reparative growth, with deep effort, care, and self-compassion, one can flourish.

Real Repair

Real Repair

In our intimate relationships, as humans, –we have a strong yearning for a “wrong” to be recognized in it’s entirety, including the effects the offense has brought to others. When the apartheid regime fell in South Africa, to help it transition to a democracy, a commission was established called “Truth and Reconciliation.” The idea was to provide the opportunity for victims to voice their experiences in public forums and be heard, as an important or necessary step to reconciliation in a vastly divided society.