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Legitimate criticism of scientific authority in truthless times

More and more it seems to me that we are living in a world where a critical mass of people lack the necessary critical thinking skills to engage in reasonable discussions about the most important issues of our time. This … Continue reading

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The role of biology in problems of thinking, feeling, and behaving

It’s a new year, and I find myself living in a “post-fact” world of “fake news” with catastrophic failures of critical thinking everywhere on display. Happy New Year everybody! What holds true–if anything holds true these days–in the realm of … Continue reading

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Brant Cortright on the role of neurogenesis in holistic health

I took a counseling class (Transpersonal Psychotherapy) with Dr. Brant Cortright while I was working on my first master’s degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies, way back in 1995. I liked him a lot. He had a gentle, … Continue reading

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NPR gets it wrong about “undiagnosed adult ADHD”

I was scrolling through my twitter feed this morning, enjoying my coffee, when I came across the following headline from NPR Health News: “Can’t Focus? It Might Be Undiagnosed Adult ADHD“. My heart sunk. It seems even the smart folks … Continue reading

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Bruce Levine and the anti-authoritarian mental health movement

I stumbled across a fascinating talk by Bruce Levine, a clinical psychologist who has articulated a convincing anti-authoritarian critique of the mainstream American mental health system. In the presentation (called “The Anti-Authoritarian Movement to Rehumanize Mental Health“), Levine defines authoritarian … Continue reading

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Book review: Impatient Rehab, by J. Larry Vaughan

Just like he did with his previous book, Tell Me How You Feel About That, Larry Vaughan has delivered another powerful, practical, gem of a little book about helping people. More precisely, it’s a book for people who need help, … Continue reading

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Shifting Paradigms in Psychiatry: A Dialogue between Dr. Allen Frances & Dr. Lucy Johnstone

It’s refreshing to witness a dialogue grounded in civility and mutual respect, as was presented in Dr. Allen Frances’s blog a few weeks ago. Much of the current debate regarding the state of modern psychiatric diagnosis and treatment comes down … Continue reading

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Allen Frances vs. DSM-5

The new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is about to drop, and those of us in the mental health field will have to respond and/or adapt to the changes in some way. In my … Continue reading

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Integrative trends in counseling education

This semester I’m taking a “Counseling Theory and Practice” course as part of my graduate training. One of my big worries going into the program was that I wouldn’t be able to situate myself within the “mainstream” discourse in the … Continue reading

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Embracing Pain: Ronald Siegel’s prescription for psychophysiological disorders

I finally made time to finish reading Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and I was particularly struck by the chapter on “Psychophysiological Disorders” written by Ronald D. Siegel. As a long-time student of Somatics, specifically Thomas Hanna’s Clinical Somatics, I have been … Continue reading

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