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In any therapist-client interaction, the client will naturally do or say at least a few things that represent a healthier adjustment, or at least a less unhealthy one. The wise therapist, largely outside the client’s awareness, subtly and selectively reinforces these fragments. These interactions help the client form a new version of themselves, which, over time, he or she shapes into something more closely resembling the best version of how things could always have been.
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I agree completely. I think you have to really accept that baby steps are OK, in order to focus on the bright spots instead of the problems. And even to notice the bright spots in the first place.
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Contrary to folklore and psychiatric myth, loss in itself does not cause psychopathology...  (H)ealthy grief hurts  but does not make us ill. Grief produces tears, not patienthood. It is never having anyone at all to love that cripples us. It is the inconstant people who stay in our lives who drive us mad, not the constant ones who die. It is the failure to internalize those whom we have loved, not their loss, that impedes adult development. ~George Vaillant
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If I were an insurance exec, I wouldn't want to pay for psychotherapy, either. As a field, we peddle crap that doesn't do what we say it does and we research therapy outcomes stupidly. We have known for 60+ years (100+ in some cases) a lot of what works but that isn't what we sell. Instead, we chase insurance money rather than acting like, and expecting to be treated like, professionals.
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OK you just sold me: you must read my book. Send my your hardmail address and I'll get you a copy asap. It's a pleasure to meet others on the path away from beliefs and the nonsense of non-science.
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When grounded in the present, feelings are informative. When based on the past or imagined future, emotion’s often problematic.
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Therapists can’t expect clients to trust them or engage in the therapeutic process until the therapists trust their own process and their clients’ ability and motivation to improve.
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Promoting human health and welfare is a sacred trust. Truly ethical therapists never betray it by relying on spurious techniques derived from superstition or culture-specific beliefs. Unfortunately, there's too much of both afoot in practice right now. It’s time to put basic research focusing on how humans really function into practice. 
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We are on the same path! Long distance high five!
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As a human, you encounter a paradox. On the one hand, you can only be fully attuned to your own perspectives and needs. On the other, if you only care about yourself, you’ll be pretty worthless and miserable. Ultimately, you have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others effectively.
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Thinking and feeling each have their own functions. When you confuse the two, bad things happen. When thinking replaces feeling, bad things happen; and when emotion controls thinking, bad things happen. Wisdom comes from finding the right spots for relying on each.
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Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young. ~Sigmund Freud
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Feelings are about prior beliefs only in the sense that believing what you see or hear is about prior beliefs. Unearthing beliefs will not and should not change feelings, which evolved to safeguard us.
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Yes. The range of feelings people feel are usually the same. (I see what I wrote on top.) Beliefs are what influences emotional states and perspectives. I believe they can change.
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Clinical Psychologist, Trainer, Consultant, & Coach
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I fix broken people more deeply, quickly, and effectively than anyone I've ever met, and I teach others how to do the same.
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  • ADEPT Psychology
    Psychologist, Trainer, Consultant, & Coach, 2012 - present
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Clinical Psychologist, Trainer, Consultant, & Coach. Author of Emotions in Psychology and Psychotherapy.
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I help therapy professionals regain their spirit and fortify their therapeutic effectiveness.
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Authority on Emotional Health and Treating Psychological Trauma
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