Psichaelogical Spaces

Guest Post: Signs It’s Time to Move Closer to a Senior Loved One

For this most recent, I have a guest post from Hazel Bridges at This is about knowing when it might be time to move nearer to a loved one who has increased care or contact needs. Thank you, Hazel! -Dr. Michael As your parents or grandparents get older, they may require more support with day-to-day activities. If you currently...[ read more ]

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? First, I will clarify myself a bit here, from the first version of this post. Mimesis is not specifically about memes, as most of us refer to memes these days. However, the process of the...[ 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:

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 ]

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