Psichaelogical Spaces

Growth In the Office: A Metaphoric Photo Diary

Early this year I was proud and admiring of one of my office plants for developing a new shoot which, eventually, became the tallest of the bunch. In a mindful, pondering mood today, I decided to share its progress over those weeks, adding some metaphorical comments. Perhaps you can simply use this post as a relaxing, time-out metaphor when you...[ read more ]

What to Want: Mimesis and the Unconscious

After doing some related reading, I have started the noted book. It looks to be extremely interesting and useful in my field. What is mimesis? Well, what do people do on TikTok or on those captioned posters of cats? Right, they share memes (or sometimes create memes) and then keep repeating them, adding little slivers of originality. The main explainer...[ read more ]

Body-mind Meanings and Needs: A New But Familiar Direction of Interest

With the displayed title and several others (and some review), I am coming back to some areas of interest in body-mind / somatic / psyche-soma diagnoses and concerns. This is a truly great source--and informative on more than just those areas. I will be slowly building content and processes for this exciting area.

Now Listed as HSP-knowledgeable Therapist

Update: I am now listed as a highly sensitive person (HSP) -knowledgeable therapist: https://hsperson.com/therapists/seeking-an-hsp-knowledgeable-therapist/california-southern/

Relationships, Life Changes, Therapy, and Personality: Devoted Style

Who has a streak or main aspect of Devoted? That friend, coworker, partner, or relation of yours who put relationship commitment first, prefer being with a one or more people to being alone, are good second- or third-in-command helpers? Who tend to seek and defer to the strengths and advice of others, are careful to maintain smooth social ties and...[ read more ]

‘When Did I Learn How to Learn?’: A Vicious Circle Releaser

I recently read / re-read some things on perceptual control theory and method of levels therapy by Timothy Carey and others (2015, 2015). Then I had a few sessions that seemed to go with them, and to be positively influenced by them. How, indeed, to think and talk with someone who feels so very stuck--yet is trying to stay in the...[ read more ]

‘Beliefs’ Can Suddenly Change in a Crisis. *Experiences* Are Durable.

Old beliefs will not do for stopping a crisis of mindset. We need real experiences to learn from. I encountered some interesting thoughts today in my brief reading time: In my view, lately we can give weight to old, deep, unconscious "phantasies"--sometimes without realizing it. In normal life, we would not give much credibility to such material. "However, such phantasies...[ read more ]

A (Helpful) Mind-Twister?

“The conscious is the servant of the unconscious. It is the conscious whose job it is to lie and deceive and protect the unconscious in its activities.” –W.R. Bion, as quoted in N. Abel-Hirsch A strong statement, true. Still, in these information-saturated times, it is ironic that the more information we have, the more we feel empty, anxious, and frustrated....[ read more ]

A Quick ‘Transition’ in the Age of Telehealth Psychotherapy

Occasionally, it becomes clear that a client is having some trouble decompressing or transitioning after distance psychotherapy sessions. The fact that telehealth can occur anywhere that is secure and private, means that sometimes it gets squeezed right into a tight schedule--a schedule that then demands for time to sprint on, like nothing just happened. Or, sometimes the session takes place...[ read more ]

A Filmmaker’s ‘Apocalypse Completed’: Lost Soul

In the past couple years or so, I have found much fascination in the moviemaking documentary: Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau. This documentary is, I think, useful viewing for today, in addition to being intriguing. What happens when a sensitive, earnest, somewhat odd, true artist without guile, is met with a ‘red in...[ read more ]



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