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    Everything changed, then changed again. Tom Petty I’ve had transitions on my mind recently. A lot of individuals I work with feel stuck in the middle of a transition they didn’t quite anticipate, or that felt thrust upon them, or whose ramifications they just couldn’t …

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  • Making Meaning

    …I am one of the multiple cogs that make the great universal illusion turn, the illusion according to which life has a meaning that can be easily deciphered. Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, p. 19 I read this excerpt this evening and paused. …

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  • How Therapy Works

    This might be a little long, and a little “out there,” but I thought I’d share parts of an essay I recently wrote describing some of my beliefs about the nature of therapeutic change: Like many things, I believe that change in therapy is multiply-determined, …

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  • Thinking Yourself further into Happiness

    So you’ve started to experiment with thinking yourself into happiness. Here’s some more to consider: Let’s say you’re at the step of noticing your thoughts – not a small feat. You’re beginning to develop what Freud called the observing ego, the capacity to observe the …

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  • Thinking Yourself into Happiness

    …the distance that wedged itself between me and my happiness wasn’t the world, it wasn’t the bombs and burning buildings, it was me, my thinking, my cancer of never letting go, is ignorance bliss, I don’t know, but it’s so painful to think, and tell …

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  • Defining Moments

    Some colleagues (Michelle Trotter-Mathison, Julie Koch, and Tom Skovholt) and I recently published a book called Voices from the Field: Defining Moments in Counselor and Therapist Development. It’s a compilation of narratives written by 80+ therapists, who share brief stories about crucial experiences in their …

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