Sitting with a psychotherapy patient, a therapist can suddenly feel pain, empathy, fear, rage, envy and even boredom. Images and memories spring to mind. Meanwhile, as far as the patient is concerned, they are simply telling their story. For them, little is happening. … [Read more...] about Dorothy Pappenheim?
Joseph Breuer first attended Bertha Pappenheim for a nasty cough. In my experience, most therapies begin with a nasty cough. That is not to say that the issues that lead people to seek help are minor. Patients present because they are in pain. However, as with the case of … [Read more...] about It began with a nasty cough, it usually does.
In 2000, the Irish rock band U2 released their tenth studio record, All That You Can’t Leave Behind. The first track on the album was titled, Beautiful Day. The band’s lead singer, Bono, said the song was about losing everything but still finding joy in what you have. The song … [Read more...] about The Heart is Abloom
In the last blog, I talked about patients who tend to live mainly in their heads. They can describe a moment when they were angry, the reason why they were angry, and, sometimes, how their anger relates to their upbringing. I now tend to be more interested in how they … [Read more...] about Into Our Bodies
Many people, who come to therapy, spend a great deal of time reflecting on themselves and why they are the way they are. In therapy, they are very committed and work hard at the process. I used to spend a lot of time following these patient’s associations, interpreting their … [Read more...] about Out of Our Heads