Many people across the country have experienced current politics as directly impacting their moods and dispositions. More so than perhaps at any time since the ’60s there are sides, and lines in the sand, and overt contention. On TV, radio and social media, the news is bombastic, divisive, frightening and disheartening about the state of our Union.
While it is hard to track our general feelings about life over a one year period, I think many of us would agree that if we had taken a survey about our outlook on life in October of 2016, and then again in October of 2017, we would see a sharp decrease in feelings of hopefulness and general well-being, and a sharp increase in feelings of anxiousness, hopelessness, agitation and even rage.
In a major metropolitan area like Philadelphia’s, there is no shortage of mental health professionals. But finding the right therapist, one that fits with an individual, couple or family’s unique issues and disposition, can often feel like finding a needle in a haystack, or worse yet, a crapshoot. Continue reading →
Full Living, a unique psychotherapy practice, is launching this month with multiple offices in Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods. Director Karen Smith works exclusively with seasoned, culturally competent clinicians, offering relational psychodynamic clinical services for individuals, couples and families. Continue reading →
An element of a good psychotherapy, the one that requires the most skill and psychological strength from the therapist, is one’s work uncovering early childhood dynamics (archaeology) that impact our daily patterns (dances).
No matter what brings folks to therapy, eventually, patterns from childhood become a centrally relevant part of the therapy. While we often wish our childhoods and original family relations were not so influential in adult functioning, we are commonly plagued by relationship dynamics we recognize as a direct response to our family of origin. Continue reading →
Low energy neurofeedback system, or LENS, was developed by Len Ochs, Ph.D, in the early 1990’s as a drug-free and highly effective method to enhance brain functioning and flexibility. This safe and effective technique uses faint electromagnetic impulses to the scalp to retrain the brain. In the over 20 years since its introduction, this painless and noninvasive procedure has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals decrease anxiety, increase and improve attention and concentration, reduce depression, increase overall energy and enhance creativity and the ability to be present.