Behind the Human Curtain: The Courage to Look

Wow…I was blown away when I read In the Ogre’s Lair: Seeing Light in Shadow by J. Scott Janssen, LCSW, in The New Social Worker Magazine. Scott tells a powerful story of helping a challenging client who was hiding behind his ‘curtain’, behind a very big and intimidating wall. What a blessing it was for … Continue reading Behind the Human Curtain: The Courage to Look

Improving the System for Our Loved Ones: A Mother’s View of Addiction and Services

Guest author: name withheld for confidentiality The day before Christmas, I received a phone call from my oldest son asking me to pick him up on a downtown corner in a risky neighborhood. He gets in the car wearing sunglasses even though the day is dark and cloudy.  My inner alarm sounds and my heart … Continue reading Improving the System for Our Loved Ones: A Mother’s View of Addiction and Services

Hoarding: the complex slide into clutter blindness

Hoarding is a personal and/or professional issue for many of us. Some have a gift for viewing it compassionately. For others, especially when confronted by family members who are hoarding, it can create revulsion, horror, anger and great sadness for their lack of quality of life. Children may grow up experiencing shame and trauma from … Continue reading Hoarding: the complex slide into clutter blindness

Perfectionism: stalker, hunter, destroyer

Perfectionism, with its burden of dysfunction, guilt and shame, is not always just a client issue. As therapists, supervisors and other human service professionals, we need to be self-aware if this stalker lives within our own mind and body. We cannot help others heal if perfectionism has us by the throat. It will choke our … Continue reading Perfectionism: stalker, hunter, destroyer

EMDR- rapid healing of “small t” and “big T” trauma

The beginning of the end… I recently received a new, unexpected diagnosis when I went to a skilled EMDR  therapist for help with chronic pain: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD- DSM-IV definition and PTSD DSM-5 definition). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based treatment for trauma developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD.  I have a less severe form … Continue reading EMDR- rapid healing of “small t” and “big T” trauma

Therapeutic Relationships: What more do you need?

I spent a day with Scott D. Miller, PhD, watching him training people on the power of the therapeutic relationship and how to assess client satisfaction and outcomes with performance metrics for session and outcome rating tools. Since then,  I have been fascinated by the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and its relationship to … Continue reading Therapeutic Relationships: What more do you need?

Dueling Disorders- the battle inside…

No, the title is not a typo. I know that Dual Disorders   and Co-occurring Disorders  are the correct terms for the combination of substance abuse and mental health disorders. I think a better term to bring home the power of this comorbid brain and body chaos is “Dueling Disorders.”  That’s what killed my brother. The … Continue reading Dueling Disorders- the battle inside…