Understanding Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic therapy is different from more cognitively based therapies in that it starts with the assumption that a person’s symptoms are an indicator of a more complex set of emotions – those that are deeply rooted and outside of their awareness. The psychodynamic psychotherapist learns to understand these unconscious factors that prevent positive change, and is able to address them and help people who are struggling to resolve their mental and emotional problems. [Read More]

A MONSTER CALLS: How hating leads to love

The first words in the movie, spoken by Connor, are “How does this story begin?” to which the monster replies, “It begins like so many stories. With a boy too old to be a kid, too young to be a man, and a nightmare.” Much like treatment beginnings, we don’t know what any of this means yet – but all the answers are there, in codes we can’t yet decipher until we know the person better.  We have to look at the data the we are presented with to begin making sense of it all, and the group at this BGSP event rose to the challenge.  [Read More]

School Violence

It’s time again to grapple with what to do to so that the Parkland students’ wish for #neveragain can someday be realized. In the aftermath and the public outcry we ask ourselves why highly specialized military weapons are so easily accessed by obviously disturbed individuals. Will we finally make changes to our gun laws that value human life and safe schools more than the insanity of the NRA and its second amendment fanatics? Is the answer in background checks and improved mental health services? We must do whatever we can to keep killing machines out of the hands of deranged individuals. If improved mental health services are the answer, what kind of improvements should be considered? [Read More]