Because of the recent press about the amazing benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy more and more therapists are bringing their dogs to work. Is this Animal Assisted Therapy? Animal Assisted Therapy involves a trained counselor or therapist working with a trained animal in a goal-directed way within that therapists’ area of expertise. The therapist should…

So I recently noticed that whenever my wife is driving I automatically try to help her whenever  she is getting upset with careless drivers.  I do this by pointing out: “Honey, you really don’t have to get sooooooo upset with other drivers’ recklessness. !”   (I have attended a lot of Mindfulness Meditation Retreats over the…

Shopping (or retail) therapy Visiting another country recently, I was struck by a large billboard on a main thoroughfare. It said: Come for Counselling and Forget about Retail Therapy. This was not a private advertisement. It was an official government notice, beaming out at every passing motorist and pedestrian. I wanted to go back to…

A Peaceful Mind Life presents us with many challenges – difficult relationships, stress at work, financial concerns or worries about our health. We try to deal with them as best we can, by seeking help from friends or family or, perhaps, by learning from previous experiences. However, there may also be an inclination to deny…

Many men and women in the military have significant problems adjusting to civilian life after active duty.  They have problems sleeping.  They are agitated and jumpy, easily angered.  Thoughts and images about the war come back to them at unwanted times in unwanted ways.   They often feel emotionally disconnected from others including family.  …

I wrote the folowing article for the National Psychologist, In my 27 years of practice as a clinical psychologist, I have been guided by a continuous curiosity to study and implement the most effective tools for helping my clients experience relief and healing. Whether the techniques are firmly rooted in the psychotherapeutic establishment or newly…