Howtherapyworks.com embodies my personal mission of making psychotherapy, as Albert Einstein put it, “as simple as possible but not simpler.” It started out in 2005 (www.psytx.com), as a place for class materials for a course at New York Medical College on integrative psychotherapy technique. Gradually, it grew into a blog, and is now devoted to helping patients and therapists of all persuasions understand what is happening in psychotherapy and how to foster positive change.
Since its inception, the most active thread has been Attachment to Your Therapist, comprising nearly a dozen posts and an e-book. A more recent addition has been a thread For Therapists with ideas that can be helpful to professionals. The very latest are posts around my forthcoming book, Launchpad to Adulthood: A ten-step countdown to independence, answering the needs and questions of families and individuals stuck on the threshold of adult life in a new and difficult world.
The blog represents my personal views, though I try to stay current with science and to note when I am speaking mainly from my own experience. To understand more about my point of view, see Global Psychotherapy and The Affect Avoidance Model. These views are further embodied in the book, How We Heal and Grow: The Power of Facing Your Feelings.
The ideas presented here are intended to help clarify issues and explain principles. Because every human and every human problem is unique, any advice that may be construed from these pages should not be used for clinical or life decisions without consulting with a qualified professional.