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Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
 
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit
 


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PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSIONALS
 

Universal Clinician Forms and Inventories (Downloads):

Commitment To Grow - 2010RRR.pdf—1 page (Client Form)

Release of Confidential Information - 2011.pdf—1 page (Client Form)

Collaterals-Agreement 12-2010.pdf—4 pages (Collaterals Form)

Suicidal Risk - 2010.doc—3 pages

Psychogenic - Somatizing Overlay Questions - 2010.pdf—2 pages

Addiction - Substance Abuse Assessment - 2010.pdf—4 pages
 

Annotated Resource Links For Psychology Professionals

Resources for therapists / clinicians: Information is available about upcoming seminars/workshops/trainings, office space offered and wanted, employment opportunities offered and wanted, buying mailing lists, and placing an ad through the electronic online TherapistExchange Newsletter. Sign up for a weekly e-mail of the newsletter. Also PubMed comprises more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. The California Psychological Association and its regional chapters offer help for psychologists who are in burnout or struggling with issues that are effecting their effectiveness as professionals in their Colleague Assistance & Support Program (CLASP) along with other resources, including Ethics on Call, Advocacy & Government Affairs, the HIPAA Resource Center, upcoming Workshops/Conferences, the Career Center, Links and Consumer Resources among others. Similar services are available through the associations for marriage and family therapists (MFT's) and social workers. Links are also provided for reporting of suspected child, elder, couple, and developmentally disabled adult when "reasonable suspicion" is present. The national reporting of child abuse is available through the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-422-4453) and the county Child Protective Services child abuse hotline. The California Department of Social Services is directly responsible for all the child and adult protective services. The Childhelp's Children's Center of California has a long history of making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in California along with providing the national child abuse hotline above. Importantly, Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., ABPP & Melba J. T. Vasquez, Ph.D., ABPP provide a "Therapist's Guide For Preparing a Professional Will" at a link below and taken from their book How to Survive & Thrive as a Therapist: Information, Ideas, & Resources for Psychologists (2005). Ken Pope provides a very useful compendium of resources for clinicians for assessing and responding to suicide risk.
therapistexchange.com/mainpage.htm
therapistexchange.com/Csubscribe.asp
therapistexchange.com/Cnlexp.asp
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed
cpapsych.org/index.cfm
cpapsych.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=112
cpapsych.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=95
camft.org/am/Template.cfm?Section=home
naswca.org
pediatrics.about.com/cs/childabuse/a/reporting_abuse.htm
nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childabuse.html
pediatrics.about.com...pediatrics...health...dss.cahwnet.gov~
pediatrics.about.com...pediatrics...healthchildhelp.org...california~
kspope.com/therapistas/will.php
kspope.com/therapistas/thrive.php
kspope.com/suicide/index.php

Ethical Standards & Practice Guidelines: Ken Pope has over 130 links to complete copies of codes, standards, and guidelines addressing specific areas of practice, specific aspects of practice, specific theoretical orientations, and different professions. A link is provided to the International CoachingFederation (ICF) code of ethics and model code of conduct for those who engage in life coaching, business coaching, executive coaching and relationship coaching.
kspope.com/ethcodes/index.php
coachfederation.org/ethics/
coachfederation.org/about-icf/ethics/conduct/

Help identify the signals for violence to protect the safety of doctors, clinicians, nurses and hospital workers through a July 2010 article in Psychiatric Times
psychiatrictimes.com/print/article/10168/1605196~

Psychologists can register at the APA psycLINK, the Practice Wiki and a new APA product "by psychologists, for psychologists," that will help cut the time it takes practitioners to find quality information. It is part search engine, part bulletin board, part social networking website, and an interactive, online pilot project that enables clinicians to search for, share and discuss articles, websites and other resources.
psyclink.apa.org/dashboard.action

TherapistExchange.com offers a free electronic newsletter and wonderful weekly resource for clinicians sent to more than 2000 subscribers who are looking to post or peruse continuing education, groups for therapists, meetings, seminars, workshops, educational/self-help/therapy groups for patients, offices for rent or sale, positions available, practice announcements and services wanted. Additionally, the publisher, Edward E. Hall, Ph.D. offers mailing lists within the counties of California and the state as a whole on the newletter's home page. There is also listings for needing a referral (TherapistExchange.com) and making a referral (TherapistExchange.com). A terrific resource and highly recommended.
TherapistExchange.com

Importantly, look at the resources for therapists who are stalked, threatened, or attacked by clients assembled by Ken Pope. He and Melba Vasquez reviewed research indicating that "Almost one in 5 psychologists reported having been physically attacked by at least one client", "Over 80% of the psychologists reported having been afraid that a client would attack them" and "Over one out of 4 had summoned the police or security personnel for protection from a client."
kspope.com/stalking.php

A March 2011 article explores patient violence against health care professionals focusing attention on safety assessment and management. A March 2011 article entitled "No easy way to tell which patients may be violent" in the American Medical Association's American Medical News by Paul S. Appelbaum, MD is well worth reading.
psychiatrictimes.com/print/article/10168~
ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/03/21/prca0321.htm

The Freedom Center: A remarkable clearing house of resources, support and activism community run by and for people labeled with severe 'mental disorders' offering important publications including, "Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs" & "PsychRights: Law Project for Psychiatric Rights" (from the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery—Also peruse the June 2011 article in magazine The Sun by Gail Hornstein titled "The Voices Inside Their Heads: Gail Hornstein's Approach To Understanding Madness" and read PsychDiagnosis.net addressing "The Harm Suffered by Many People because of a Psychiatric Diagnosis is a Well-Kept Secret." All a stunning, stellar and courageous expression of empowerment.
freedom-center.org...icarus-project-publish-coming-psychiatric-drugs-guide~
psychrights.org/index.htm
ncmhr.org/
freedom-center.org/section/resources
psychdiagnosis.net/
freedom-center.org/
Hornstein_Sun.pdf

Psychotherapy.net produced by Victor Yalom, Ph.D. offers many helpful resources and opportunities for clinicians, including a free monthly email newsletter, articles and interviews, blogs, opportunities to publish their articles, build a website and earn CE course credits, psychotherapy videos and counseling DVDs, a learning center arranged by approach, therapeutic issue, population and expert, and the comic relief of therapeutic cartoons. A wonderful resource.
psychotherapy.net/
psychotherapy.net/for-therapists
psychotherapy.net/articles-and-interviews
psychotherapy.net/for-authors
psychotherapy.net/videos
psychotherapy.net/blog
psychotherapy.net/continuing_education
psychotherapy.net/websites-for-therapists
psychotherapy.net/humor/1

Volunteering—Resources for psychologists, physicians and other health care professionals wanting to volunteer their services to people in need: Another valuable link courtesy of Ken Pope.
kspope.com/volunteer.php

Mental Health Parity Law now in effect—Greater psychological treatment health insurance reimbursement given the Mental Health Parity Law went into effect on January 1, 2011, and few Americans are aware of this law broadening access to psychological treatment: A survey recently conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that 89 percent of Americans said they had not heard of the Mental health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, a federal law now in effect for people who have health insurance through a group or employer plan and only a mere 7 percent of respondents recognized the phrase "mental health parity." The law equalizes the out-of-pocket costs of mental health treatment to those of physical health coverage. Excerpts of the press release dated January 24, 2011 from the APA stated: "More than 26 percent of American adults have a diagnosable mental health disorder, but of those, only 33 percent are receiving care, according to data from the National Institute of Mental Health. And of that number, one-third is receiving treatment that is considered only minimally adequate." and "More than half of respondents (56 percent) selected cost of care as a reason why they or a family member might give for not seeking treatment. The other commonly selected reasons pointed to a need for improved communications about mental health treatment: not knowing how to find the right professional (42 percent) and not knowing if seeking help is appropriate (40 percent)." and "Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the country in 2007." While several links below predict that most large employers will comply with mental health parity law and few employers will drop mental health coverage, it does not appear to be working out that way in many cases. Most alarming is that many insurance companies are simply eliminating mental health / psychological services coverage instead of complying with Mental Health Parity Law to avoid paying for these very necessary health services!! This is a scandalous scuttling of the intent and spirit of the parity law. Shame, shame, shame on these companies and the health insurance industry for denying this critical coverage.
apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/01/law-mental-health.aspx
apa.org/helpcenter/parity-law.aspx
apa.org/helpcenter/parity-law.aspx#
washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/01~
nmha.org/go/faqs/parity-laws-when-seeking-treatment
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_Health_Parity_Act
cms.gov/healthinsreformforconsume/04_thementalhealthparityact.asp
ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=14352
minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/03/parity_finalpassage~
hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/01/20100129a.html
spdbayarea.org/CA_AB_88_law.htm
eba.benefitnews.com...most_large_employers_are_in_compliance~
origin-www.hewittassociates.com/Intl/NA/en-US/AboutHewitt/Newsroom/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?cid=8172&print=1&print=1
ctmirror.org/story/8877/advocates-trying-spread-word-mental-health-parity
soa.org...2010-06-16-soa-mental-health-parity-law~

A March 2011 article in Psychiatric News summarizes data on three indicators suggesting that while parity increased identification of new cases of substance abuse, it had little effect on treatment for substance abuse. March 2011 Wall Street Journal article "10 Things Health Insurers Won't Say" outlines the unintended consequences of parity—not to be missed!
pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/6/1.2.full
smartmoney.com...10-things-your-health-insurance-company-wont-say~

Huge unmet need for psychological services in the United States in the general population, college-aged people as well as children and adolescents: Research indicates approximately 66% of persons with a diagnosable mental health problem never seeing a mental health professional as cited in the Clinician's Research Digest Supplemental Bulletin 41 dated November 2009 with the summary and abstract from the professional article provided below. "Given that 28 percent of the population have a diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder and only 8 percent of adults both have a diagnosable disorder and use mental health services, one can conclude that less than one-third of adults with a diagnosable mental disorder receives treatment in one year," according to the Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (1999—the latest mental health reporting year). The first large-scale assessment of the general United States population shows nearly 30 percent need mental health care and about one-third of them get it as reported in an April 2007 study. Almost one in five young Americans has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life and fewer than 25 percent of college-aged Americans with psychological challenges get treatment as a December 2008 study. In a 12-month period, 2%–3% of children 3–5 years old and 6%–9% of children and adolescents 6–17 years old used mental health services. Of children and adolescents 6–17 years old who were defined as needing mental health services, nearly 80% did not receive mental health care according to a 2002 research study. Also, according to the 2008 Almanac of Chronic Diseases and the Milken Institute, there will be a projected increase of 42 percent of reported cases of chronic disease in 2023 from 2003, with cases of cancer, diabetes and mental disorders expected to rise most substantially, by 53 to 60 percent per illness. Mental disorders accounted for over 30 million cases in 2004 and are projected to increase by 54% by the year 2023. Also peruse the 2009 Almanac of Chronic Diseases. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) in November 2010 released "Results from the 2009 national survey on drug use and health: Mental health findings" that showed that 20% of U.S. adults (45.1 million adults aged 18 or older) had a psychological disorder in 2009, 38% (of those 20%) received treatment, 19.7% (of those 20%) met criteria for substance dependence or abuse, 8% of youths had major depression, and women aged 18 or older were more likely than men to have any mental illness in the past year Results from research released in January 2011 revealed that a little over a third (36.2 %) of adolescents with any mental disorder received services to address it, and only half of adolescents that are affected with severe impairing mental disorders ever receive treatment for their psychological challenges. .
rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=15068
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15939840~
surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/chapter6/sec1.html
news-medical.net/news/2007/04/03/22988.aspx
msnbc.msn.com/id/28002991/wid/11915773?GT1=31037
ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/abstract/159/9/1548
...fightchronicdisease.org...pdf+almanac+of+chronic+diseases~
...hlc.org/PFCDAlmanac_Final2.pdf+almanac+of+chronic+diseases~
bit.ly/KenPopeSAMHSAreport
sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110118113451.htm
bmedreport.com/archives/22168
elsevier.com...authored_newsitem.cws_home/companynews05_0181~

Survey results from directors of 424 counseling college campus counseling centers conducted in Fall 2010 and released in April 2011 found that more students have severe psychological problems, increasing from 71% in the 2008-9 year to 77% in 2009-2010 year of respondents.
chronicle.com/article/article-content/126990...Chronicle:+Top+Stories~

In July 2010 the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reported that mental disorders and/or substance abuse related to 1 of every 8 visits to emergency departments of hospitals (ER's), specifically nearly 12 million out of 95 million adult visits to U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2007 involved people with a mental disorder, substance abuse problem, or both. Staggering!
hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb92.pdf

Effect of divorce on children:
faqs.org/health/topics/78/Divorce.html
childadvocate.net/divorce_effects_on_children.htm
oregoncounseling.org/Handouts/DivorceChildren.htm
psychpage.com/family/divorce/childrenadjust.htm
drheller.com/impact_divorce.html
athealth.com/consumer/disorders/childrendivorce.html

Kid's Turn: A non-profit organization to help kids and parents in facing divorce
kidsturn.org

2009 research shows that short-term psychological therapy could be 32 times more cost effective at making you happy than simply obtaining more money—Reseachers compared large data sets where 1000s of people had reported on their well-being and at how well-being changed due to therapy in regard to getting sudden increases in income. They found that a 4 month course of psychological therapy had a large effect on well-being and showed that the costs of the therapy would take a pay increase of 32 times that amount to achieve an equivalent increase in well-being. So this research demonstrated that psychological therapy could be 32 times more cost effective at making you happy than simply obtaining more money. Chris Boyce, the lead researcher on the article, states, "Often the importance of money for improving our well-being and bringing greater happiness is vastly over-valued in our societies. The benefits of having good mental health, on the other hand, are often not fully appreciated and people do not realise the powerful effect that psychological therapy, such as non-directive counselling, can have on improving our well-being."
sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091120084613.htm

Psychotherapy reduces repeat ER trips—Emergency room "intensive, short-term dynamic psychotherapy" by a staff psychologist provided relief to three out of four patients whose physical symptoms have no medical explanation: Research published in November 2009 and released in January 2010 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation addressed patients arriving at the emergency department of a Health Sciences Centre in Halifax with chest pain that doctors could find no physical reason for it after a barrage of tests. In an average treatment course of 3.8 sessions, in which the person recognized the link between their physical symptoms and their stress or emotions, resulted in a 69 per cent drop in repeat visits to the emergency room and hospital visits dropped from an average of almost 4.6 visits a year to 1.4 visits a year. An 80 per cent drop in panic attacks resulted from a single interview in many cases. Dr. Allan Abbass, director for the Centre, said that for every 100 people seen by the staff psychologist, there will be 300 fewer emergency visits a year, which adds up to a huge savings and reduction in unnecessary tests. Also patients reporting a high degree of satisfaction.
cbc.ca/health...psychotherapy-emergency-room-halifax~
Abstract of article: cjem-online.ca/v11/n6/p529

Growing percentage receiving outpatient care for psychological issues are being treated only with psychotropic medications, according to an analysis of a recent survey published in the January 7, 2011 issue of Psychiatric News: An increasing number of people are receiving outpatient care from mental health specialists and an increasing proportion of the treatment provided by mental health professionals consists solely of prescribed psychotropic medication and little or no psychotherapy. U.S. residents receiving any type of outpatient mental health care increased form 16.1 million in 1998 to 23.2 million in 2007, the percentage treated only with medications grew from 44 percent in 1998 to 578 percent in 2007, and smaller proportions of respondents received either psychotherapy only (16 percent in 1998 and 11 percent in 2007) or psychotherapy in combination with medication (40 percent in 1998 and 22 percent in 2007). In an accompanying editorial, Benjamin Druss, M.D., M.P.H., interprets the findings as "pointing to a major shift in mental health services delivery away from psychotherapy and toward psychopharmacology." One result of this shift may be a reduction in the range of treatment options available to patients. Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., made the following observation to Medscape Medical News published in September 2010 based on this national survey: "We found that for an increasing number of Americans, mental healthcare involves medications but not psychotherapy, and this trend is evident especially for depression and for bipolar, anxiety, and child disorders." Other links below explore this issue, particularly the pioneering work of psychiatrist Peter Breggin, M.D..
pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/1/8.1.full
medscape.com/viewarticle/728040
sitemaker.umich.edu/findingvoice/medication
breggin.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Psychiatrists doing less talk therapy (a 2005 government survey found just 11 percent of practicing psychiatrists provide "talk therapy") given being paid less by insurance carriers and doing more very brief drug therapy: A March 2011 New York Times article details a shift in the landscape of delivering psychiatric services. It does not look like it is for the best of the clients. Psychiatrist Dr. Donald Levin now calls what he does in seeing approximately 40 patients for about 15 minutes each over an 11 hour day to keep his income and lifestyle the following: "Now I feel like a good Volkswagen mechanic" and "It's like '2001: A Space Odyssey,' where you had HAL the supercomputer juxtaposed with the ape with the bone. I feel like I'm the ape with the bone now." An excerpt: "Alone with his psychiatrist, the patient confided that his newborn had serious health problems, his distraught wife was screaming at him and he had started drinking again. With his life and second marriage falling apart, the man said he needed help. But the psychiatrist, Dr. Donald Levin, stopped him and said: “Hold it. I’m not your therapist. I could adjust your medications, but I don’t think that’s appropriate.” He also mentioned, "I had to train myself not to get too interested in their problems and not to get sidetracked trying to be a semi-therapist." Is this what the psychiatric profession has come to? Shocking is putting it mildly!
nytimes.com/2011/03/06/health/policy/06doctors.html~

Chemical Imbalance?—Research results powerfully challenge the medical / biochemical explanation that psychological symptoms are a "chemical imbalance" in your brain and psychotropic medications will make it right: Medical doctor Dr. Mercola in April 2011 notes that the roots of this explanation go back to the low serotonin theory, a hypothesis that aimed to explain how the drug might be fixing something. However, upon investigation to see whether or not depressed people actually had lower serotonin levels, it was concluded in 1983 by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that there was no evidence of anything being wrong in the serotonergic system of depressed patients. He also cites the 1996 work of neuroscientist Steve Hyman, head of the NIMH at that time, who wrote a paper making the case that once your brain has undergone a series of compensatory adaptations to the drug, your brain operates in a manner that is "both qualitatively and quantitatively different than normal." Dr. Mercola concludes that he could find no evidence to support the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness and that psychotropic drugs "...are NOT normalizing agents. They're abnormalizing agents..." The Healthy Skeptic provides a solid review of the theory, especially listing the eight critical flaws of the "chemical imbalance" theory according to Elliot Valenstein, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at Michigan University and author of the book Blaming the Brain (2002). Another vocal critic of this theory is psychiatrist and author Peter Breggin, M.D. who powerfully critiques this theory in his book Toxic Psychiatry (1994) that remains a definitive work in deconstructing the new psychiatry. Peter R. Breggin, M.D. & David Cohen, Ph.D.'s book Your Drug May Be Your Problem (2000) offers a fuller exposition and critique of this theory. A Psychology Today article from April 2008 summed up the findings by writing, "As was true in 1993, the neurotransmitter theory is incomplete and not fully proven. All the same, the evidence for it has grown steadily stronger with time." Other links help look at this theory about the cause of psychological challenges from many perspectives to help consumers make informed health choices they can live with.
articles.mercola.com...frightening-story-behind-the-drug-companies-creation-of-medical-lobotomies~
thehealthyskeptic.org/the-chemical-imbalance-myth
astrocyte-design.com/pseudoscience/index.html
cchrint.org/psychdrugdangers/TheChemicalImbalanceMyth.html
medicalnewstoday.com/articles/99356.php
psychologytoday.com...the-chemical-imbalance-theory-dead-or-alive~
ehow.com/about_4596766_what-chemical-imbalance.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biopsychiatry_controversy
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_psychiatry
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_imbalance
www.psychforums.com/anti-psych/topic8699.html
cymbaltasurvivors.com/index.php?topic=171.0
 

Clinical Perspectives and Approaches:

Building Strong Internal Resources—A Key to Well Being

Peeling the Onion—Uncovering Our Wounds in Therapy

True Psychology, Therapy and Healing—A Radical and Revolutionary Endeavor

Being Presence Itself: Enliven the Quality of Your Life

Listening Presence—Transform Your Relationships

The Power of Witnessing—How Would a Fish Know It Is In Water?

Critical Thinking is Not Critical, Just Looking For Truth & Reality—The Heart of Asking Questions That Reveal "What Is"

Questions Egos Use and Questions to Reveal Egos

Faithing—A Vision Alive and Present

Return to the Loving Hearth: Integrating Universal Spirituality into a Healing Psychotherapy

The Benefits of Suffering and the Costs of Well Being—Secondary Gains and Losses 

Inquiring Into Reality: A Twelve-Stage Clinical Protocol to Deconstruct Non-Adaptive Self-Judgments, Including Beliefs, False Identities, Roles and Stories NEW

Collaborative Divorce—Shendl Tuchman, Psy.D. and Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.

Three Views of Self-Hypnosis (with Elizabeth Erickson and Eleanor S. Field, Ph.D.)

Mindfulness 1—Mindfulness of the Breath
A brief mediation to empower people inhabiting Presence while watching or following the breath

Mindfulness 2—Mindfulness of Your Senses
A brief meditation to empower people inhabiting Presence while attuning to their body and direct sensory experience

Mindfulness 3—Mindfulness of Emotions/Mindfulness of Thoughts and Images
A brief meditation to empower people inhabiting Presence while watching or witnessing their thoughts and other mental images

Mindfulness 4—Mindfulness of Not Being Present/Being "Tuned Out" or Dissociated
A brief meditation to aid people who are not present, tuned out or dissociated, when both the client is ready and it is fitting, to return to inhabiting Presence

Keeping "C-L-E-A-R" Health—A Supportive Meditation
To aid people with temporary ill health to re-create broad health

Keeping A "C-L-E-A-R" Head—A Supportive Meditation 
To aid those with tension, cluster and migraine headaches to create relief and restore health

Your Healing Place of Comfort—A Supportive Meditation
To aid effective pain management and restore feeling much more comfortable

Higher Skyward You Do Aspire—Deeper Grounded You Need Desire
To aid balancing spiritual growth with taking care of practical life and feeling grounded

Accessing Your Genius—A Supportive Meditation
To help access your imaginative, intuitive or creative genius along with adapting it to specific forums, such as accessing your musical, social, athletic, decision-making or managerial genius

Our True Self: Our Reason For Being—A Supportive Meditation
A spiritual meditation to release false self-identifications and create an inner connection to our True Self and enhance conscious awareness of our "reason for being"

Harmless: Everywhere With Everyone—A Supportive Mediation
To powerfully support a living commitment to be and remain harmless throughout one's life and be a fine life steward

The "Ebb and Flow" of Wellness—A Supportive Meditation
To help create a balance and harmony of the fundamental dimensions of living within a context of broad health, wholeness and well-being

Supremely Safe—A Supportive Meditation
To help create an inner safety and security for physical survival (and survival on all levels of living) tapping into a dozen different levels of visualized, auditory, kinesthetic and spiritual safety / protection

Sanctuary—A Supportive Meditation
To help extend safety and security from your immediate environment into your entire daily life, such that your entire life becomes your living sanctuary

Healing Stories

Questions to Live By

Books and Resources Worth Exploring
 

Practice Articles as Structural Therapeutic Tools:

The Felt Sense of Awareness Itself

Meaning Depends Upon Context, Egos Make Up All the Meanings & the Context of All That's Real is Being Aware of Awareness Itself NEW

The Structure of Healthy Change—Prochaska and Küblar-Ross

Types of Stress and Their Symptoms

Stress-Related Diseases: Research-based Prevalence and Patterns

Research on the Effectiveness of Therapy and How Therapy Can Change Brain Structure

Awash in Harm, Do No More Harm

Being an Outstanding Steward of Life Itself—What We Can Learn From Animals

Basics of Living: Breathing, Standing, Walking and Sitting—Safeguards of Well Being and Listening Within

A Core Vision for Business Consulting—A Baker's Dozen Principles—Skill Sets for Effective and Sustainable Results NEW

It's Shocking How Little People Settle For, How Much They Put Up With and How Much Better They Deserve

It's Far Too Simple

Clean Up Harm, Mistakes, Snafus, and Screw-ups—Recognition, Responsibility, Commitment, Repair & Release 

Setting Healthy Limits—It Can Be an All-Win!

Acceptance—Even LESS than Meets the I!

Immersed in a Sea of Zen Masters—An Adaptation in the Tradition of Zen Buddhism NEW

Two Wolves—Author Unknown

How Reality Works—One Slice & Take Into the Pie of Just the Way It Is

The Hard Way or the Easy Way—The Apparent Choice at the Crossroads of Every Present Moment

Recognizing and Working Well with the Unconscious

Moralistic and Non-Moralistic Communication

Speaking Male, Speaking Female—Communicating Into Another's Listening

Compassion is Healing—Empathy is "Perspective Taking"

The Grammar of Committed Action: Speaking That Brings Forth Being—Using Fernando Flores' Conversation-For-Action Model To Powerfully Live Your Word

GROKKED: Being Seen, Heard and Known For Who You Are

Keeping It Real—Do You Get It?: Consciousness Finds Consciousness—Exploring Meta-level Communication and Self-Aware, Conscious, Present Living

Straight Feeling Talk: "I Anger Myself", "I Delight Myself"—It's All An Inside Job

Feeling Sense Makes Sense In the Heart, Not the Head

Healthy Feeling Processing

Feelings Are Authentic and Valid—Perceptions and Beliefs Are Suspect

Five Emotional Sinkholes and Four Healthy Ways to Express Emotions

Dissolve Frustration—Three Strategies You Can Begin Using Right Now

The Sixteen Laws of Emotions—Recognizing Moods and Emotions to Return to Healthy Feeling Processing

Twenty-Four Credible, Workable Ideas

The Zeigarnik Effect and Completing Everything

The Top Seven Sources of Stress and Their Remedies

The Art of Pacing—Live Long and Prosper

Common and Mature Defenses, and Beyond

Rule-Bound Adjustment is Deadening— Rule-Flexible Adaptiveness is Enlivening

Social Traps and Beyond: The Situation is Hopeless But Not Serious

N E E D L E S S—You Can Have Almost Anything Almost Anything You Want (So Long As You Don't Need It!)—Free From the Imaginary Ego's Relentless Neediness, You Are Free

It's Just Not Fair!—Who Makes All Claims In Life?—Insisting on Fairness & Justice is a Recipe For Conflict, Misery & Suffering NEW

Nothing To Prove and Nothing To Explain

Are Reasons Complete Nonsense?—A Three-Minute Course—Except for Increasing Likelihood of Compliance, Bolstering Optimism, Offering Reassurance and Entertainment Value, Reasons Are a Useless Ego-Mind Exercise NEW

Beliefs Are Not to Be Believed

Seeing Through the Unreal Reveals the Real

Question "What is" and Doubt "What Isn't"

Surrendering False Identities

What Can I Do?—The Seven Options Available For You In Any Situation—The Ever-Present Opportunity To Inhabit Clarity Reveals Direction NEW

Choice—Level I: Seeing Through Obstacles to Living by Choice

Choice—Level II:: Developing a Workable Structure For Choice

Choice—Level III: The "Will" without a Willful Doer Chooses

Seeing Three Domains—Illusory, Empirical World, and Absolute (Book)

Four Cardinal Understandings and Services of the Ego

Developing An Inner Meter on Manipulation—A Critical Life Skill

An Inventory of Passive-Aggressive Behaviors

It's an Inside Job!—Our Misery is Self-Inflicted the Vast Majority of the Time—Transforming Anti-Life, Self-Defeating Behaviors Into Pro-Life, Self-Supportive Ones 

Transforming Entangled Involvements into Genuine Relationships

The End of All Arguments

Being Positional, Non-Positional and Taking a Stand—Transcending the Ego's Right/Wrong Game and Self-Righteousness

Psychological Jujitsu / Aikido / Alchemy—"Conversation Stoppers":
Decisively End Conversations From Hell While Remaining Exactly As You Are

Possible Direct Control—Staying on the Playing Field

What Do You "Have To" Do in Life?

Minding Your Own Business and Leaving 'Nobody's Business' Alone

Stuck Right, Rich Right and Dead Right—No Thank You!

Adults? Don't Let the Big Bodies Fool You!—Self-Responsibility / Self-Accountability Qualifies You as an Adult

Taking 42 Human Birthrights, Living 13 Social Responsibilities

TRUST is a Key to Well Being: Four Research Findings

TRUST—Practical Maps and Strategies to Wisely Invest Your Trust

The Greatest Gift a Parent Can Bestow Upon Their Children

An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters—Portia Nelson

A Well Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

 


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