The Intergenerational Transmission of Recovery

The Intergenerational Transmission of Recovery

Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus (c. 1590) is a story of revenge and rape. Titus murders Tamora’s son. Tamora then has her other two sons revenge their brother’s death by raping Titus’ daughter Lavinia. Afterwards, they mutilate Lavinia, severing her tongue and hands to keep her from testifying against them. During Shakespeare’s era (and in some parts of… Continue Reading

Searching For Nirvana

Searching For Nirvana

Nirvana. The word conjures a state of perfect peace. It is the endpoint of the spiritual path and marks the attainment of enlightenment, where there is no more suffering or desire. I’m reading about nirvana for the book I am writing. I am interested in parallels between spiritual paths and the “healing journey” from trauma,… Continue Reading

Michele Rosenthal’s “Your Life After Trauma”

Michele Rosenthal’s “Your Life After Trauma”

Back in my thirties, I stealthily read self-help books that addressed healing from childhood abuse. Stealthily, because I had recently earned my doctorate from Stanford, and was living in Silicon Valley during the first tech boom. At that place, during that time, and with my credentials, appearing other than happy and confident was to risk… Continue Reading

Stuckness Along The Journey of the Wounded Healer

Stuckness Along The Journey of the Wounded Healer

I have shamed myself. Not deliberately, but nevertheless actively. I never dreamed that one day I would research and write about healing psychological trauma. Or the perils of the mental health field. Or its pearls. It was really a matter of bad luck. As a trauma survivor, I turned my fate into destiny. Writing helps me… Continue Reading

“Everyone is a hero. This is a given.”

“Everyone is a hero. This is a given.”

  From Stanley Keleman, Myth & the Body: A Colloquy With Joseph Campbell: Everyone is a hero. This is a given. We have a call to adventure.  We refuse.  A crisis ensues. We cannot turn back—and we answer the call. We collect helpers, teachers, guides.  And we cross a threshold into the unknown.  We lose our… Continue Reading

An Update on the Journey of a Tortoise

An Update on the Journey of a Tortoise

Almost five years ago, when I finished my counseling psychology degree at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and was a tad bit burned out from the school work yet excited to practice psychotherapy, I wanted to start a Big Research Project. I was interested in exploring how to join Jung’s analytical psychology with trauma-focused psychotherapy. The trauma… Continue Reading

The “Trauma-Focused Turn” in Critical Psychology

The “Trauma-Focused Turn” in Critical Psychology

A Review of: De-Medicalizing Misery II: Society, Politics and the Mental Health Industry Edited by Ewen Speed, Joanna Moncrieff and Mark Rapley Click on link to read the review: The “Trauma-Focused Turn” in Critical Psychology I first published this review at PsycCRITIQUES, June 1, 2015, Vol. 60, No. 22, Article 7. It can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0039310… Continue Reading

Transformative Approaches To Crises, Self-Doubt & Extreme States

Transformative Approaches To Crises, Self-Doubt & Extreme States

Crises and self-doubt plague all of us at different times in our lives. A natural response is to want to escape the turmoil and angst, and return to solid ground as quick as possible. Yet when we can remain open to suffering, and not shut down or numb out, troubled times can become opportunities for deep transformation. Murray Stein describes… Continue Reading