What We Might Talk About: Therapeutic Dialogues

 Therapeutic Dialogues The blog is also meant to give an ongoing picture about my practice, and the person leading it. Blogging about therapeutic dialogue(s) seems to fit that well. I Talk To Clients About… ….Wanting and Choosing Wanting is the verb of desire. Choosing is the act of commitment. Wanting v. Choosing, a tension to […]

Relationship Therapy: How Long Will It Take?

Couples seeking relationship and couples therapy in Seattle sometimes ask a particular question when we set up a first appointment on the phone: “How long will couples therapy take?” I’d like to discuss some common reasons for that question, and then offer a different take on it. The Common Reasons The usual curiosity behind that […]

The Interactive Therapist

Increasingly, clients calling about beginning therapy say they are looking for a therapist who is “active” or “interactive”. This usually means that the client wants the therapist to speak openly and even frequently, to disclose how the client and his or her situation(s) are viewed. Recommending actions to take, specific techniques and “tools” to use […]

Error, On The Road To Accurate

The idea of a therapist ‘making mistakes’ or ‘being wrong’ disturbs everyone involved: the client (and possibly a spouse, best friend or family member), the therapist, the therapist’s clinical supervisors (were they to learn of the error). Therapists are health care professionals; the clinical context is not that different than seeing the doctor. Critical aspects […]

Patience, Maturity, Therapy, Life

Will this posting, with its weighty and abstract title, break the blog’s rule by being long-winded? No. How Long Is Therapy? At the point that a couple begins couples therapy, I am often asked about the duration of treatment. It’s a reasonable question; treatment itself is perceived by many to be arduous, unpredictable as to […]