Michael’s blog

August 18, 2017
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Remembering Michael Stone

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller – I first met Michael around 2005. […]
April 26, 2017
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RECOVERING FROM GRIEF

In the aftermath of her husband’s sudden and unexpected death during a vacation, Shery Sandberg turned to her friend Adam Grant (a psychologist and researcher who […]
March 21, 2017
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The Internet, Your Clients and You

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat argues “online life breeds narcissism, alienation and depression, that it’s an opiate for the lower classes and an insanity-inducing influence […]
February 13, 2017
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Michael responds to “My Misgivings About Advice” by Parker Palmer

Reading “My Misgivings About Advice” by Parker Palmer (click here for full article or see below), I was both appreciative and shaken. Appreciative because I know […]
February 12, 2017
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PTSD ISN’T A DISEASE: IT’S A WORLD VIEW

Iraq veteran and writer Myke Cole writes: “I kept seeing nonprofit TV spots, charity pieces and solemn psychoanalytical essays. They all described a PTSD that I’d […]
February 12, 2017
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Best Approach for Insomnia?

New York Times reports on research for treating depression through insomnia…  again Depression continues one of the main conditions which causes people to seek therapy. What […]
February 12, 2017
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Time to Tune Out!

A few weeks ago I got into a conversation with young man at a coffee shop. He told me he was about to go to a […]
February 12, 2017
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How Do You Find The “African Violet” Part Of People’s Lives?

Milton Erickson remains a towering figure in the history of psychotherapy. An American psychiatrist and hypnotherapist, he died in 1980 but his approach and creativity continues […]
February 12, 2017
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Summer Thoughts On Connecting By Disconnecting

With good weather here and summer approaching I’m happy to forward you some musings from Pico Iyer, a longtime favourite writer of mine. A concern that is […]
February 12, 2017
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Is Reverence The Next Big Thing?

My role is to stay informed about what is influencing the world of psychotherapy. The changes keep coming. Always have. Always will. In this century there […]
February 12, 2017
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Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable, by Alan Briskin

It may be helpful for therapists to think of themselves as gardeners of synchronicity. One of my mentors, Dr. Milton Erickson spoke of encouraging clients to […]
February 12, 2017
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Are parents on their devices influencing their young child?

When I see parents with young children on their digital devices I worry about the lack of attention to their kids. And then I wonder if […]
February 12, 2017
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Over-medicating for ADHD?

There’s much talk about the caution in using antibiotics and meds. They can encourage miraculous change and also cause great problems. Judicious use is needed. Read […]
February 12, 2017
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Monotasking

I think human beings have had to multitask for a long time. Our ancestors might have said “That looks like good fruit in the tree and what’s that furry […]
February 12, 2017
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Treat mental health problems with positive memories?

Therapists are often challenged as to what is the most productive focus of therapeutic conversation. Clients have the need to spend time on the issues and […]
February 12, 2017
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Books about Death…Morbid or Uplifting?

Andrew Solomon had written an eloquent and moving piece in the New York Times Book Review about books dealing with death. The New York Times commented “To […]
February 12, 2017
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Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Leading Edge Seminars has offered many workshops on mindfulness and related ideas that are relevant  to us and our clients. So why share with you an […]
February 12, 2017
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The End of Solitude

The impact of technology on our lives is growing and will only grow increasingly more. Within the last few years our workshop presenters are expounded about […]
February 12, 2017
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New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Seems a little facile. I’m more for making resolutions whenever… meaning thinking about life and my direction. George Yancy’s […]
February 12, 2017
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We don’t develop courage by being happy every day

We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. – Barbara de Angelis – I am […]