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(More) Thoughts on Sleep

(More) Thoughts on Sleep

I discovered some little writings I had on my desktop about sleep I thought I might share them as a part of me returning to posting here. The sleep state, and particularly the dream state, are an opportunity for an almost entirely unaware status to dominate, a status that is not anchored in the normal viewpoint of 'cause and effect'....[ read more ]

All Comments Disabled – Sorry!

I had to disable comments due to the persistent spamming of my blog. I hope any readers can continue to enjoy this material even though they currently cannot comment. Thank you! -Dr. Michael

Another View on What I Do: Key-Finding for Hearts’ Desires

I've been thinking of a concise, cohesive message for my practice to add to the website and elsewhere... I help sensitive, conflicted achievers near Claremont, CA get unstuck, unlost, unafraid, and unashamed, by compassionately decoding, accepting, and caring for their discarded hearts’ desires. I counsel and foster thoughtful people who feel something is lacking or missing but can’t quite put...[ read more ]

Understanding & Healing Emotional Neglect

I have been thinking lately about my specialties and how they connect. Though there are others, I believe one connecting factor is history of emotional neglect. What is emotional neglect? Emotional neglect involves the repeated emotional absence of others, sometimes routinely, sometimes when their emotional presence was needed more than usual. The emotional presence of trusted others helps to regulate...[ read more ]

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 ]