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The healing power of listening through Focusing
Thomas Merton once asked, "What can we gain from traveling to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?" I love this quote. To me, it so well illustrates a downside of modern culture.

We have computers that with a mere click can access all sorts of information; we are "connected" through email, phone, and more; and yet how connected are we with our innermost selves? How often do we stop and li …

Choosing a good therapist might at first seem like a difficult or complicated task, but in actually, knowing some basic facts supported by a large body
of research, will greatly help in making the right choice.

Focusing: A Self-Help Tool for Self-Awareness and Emotional Healing

Naomi was outwardly happy, active in her community and her children's schools, and working part-time in a satisfying job when she came to see me. "I'd
really like to get in shape, but just don't seem to be able to stay on a diet, or get the exercise I know I need."


These days, people are talking about recovery from mental illness. This is a great step forward. What does recovery mean? There are many perceptions
and definitions of recovery. When we look at the recovery literature, we see that it has been variously used to mean an approach, a model, a
philosophy, a paradigm, a movement, a vision and skeptically, a myth.

Ten Things You Need to Know to Overcome OCD
By Fred Penzel, Ph.D.

I have been actively involved in the treatment of OCD since 1982, and have treated over 650 cases of the disorder. There is a certain body of information that can make anyone's attempts at recovery more effective. You may not like some of the things on this list, as they may not be what you wish to hear. You don't have to like them. However, if you wish to change, you will need to accept them. The concepts of …
Adopting New
Introduction The purpose of this article is to recommend strategies for social workers to deal with attachment problems in adoptive families (adoptive parents and adopted children). Forming a strong bond is one of the most important challenges for an adoptive parent and an adoptive child. Two to four percent of families in America include an adopted child (van den Dries et al., 2009). When adoptive parents adopt a child, the process of attachme …
Trichotillomania: A Tricky Problem
Hair styles for boys changed radically in 1964. That was the year the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. Instantly, every kid in America wanted to drop the ubiquitous "crewcut" and grow long hair. At that time I was 11 years old and living in a small town in northern Wisconsin - and I had a terrible secret. One fateful day, while we were playing dodge ball in gym class, my terrible secret, was exposed. My teacher had spotted a massive bal …
I have Munchausens by proxy
I confess.
I have Munchausen by proxy
I want to cause pain and suffering, on purpose, to my 10 mo. old
granddaughter. We go to the hospital. People wonder.
Nobody knows for sure.
I fly under the radar.
I look and act normal. I am the grandpa.
But I keep thinking "I want to mix my BP meds into her food."
She will get sick. They will call the ambulance.
These are the thoughts that go t …
Fight for Your Rights: Getting Your Insurance Company To Provide The OCD Treatment You Need
by Fred Penzel, PhD
Over the years, I have written a number of articles about the treatment and acceptance of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. These are all very practical issues, to be sure, however, another practical issue I would like to inform you about has to do with getting your insurance company to cover the cost of treatment. If you are lucky enough to be able to pay for your treatment out-of-pocket, then this article will probably …
Dr. Michael Jenike "What is OCD?"
Video of Dr. Michael Jenike talking about OCD