“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… 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

Individuation And The Spiritual Aspects Of Healing Trauma

Individuation And The Spiritual Aspects Of Healing Trauma

I am reading Murray Stein’s wonderful book, Minding the Self: Jungian Meditations on Contemporary Spirituality, after spending the weekend assisting a sensorimotor psychotherapy training. On first glance, spirituality and neurobiologically-informed psychotherapy might seem to have little in common. However, one of the topics in the sensorimotor psychotherapy training was the model of structural dissociation —… Continue Reading