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The Self Under Siege: A Therapeutic Model for Differentiation

…, and beliefs? In this thought-provoking book, noted clinical psychologist Robert Firestone and his co-authors explore the struggle that all of us face in striving to retain a sense of ourselves as unique individuals. The self is under siege from several sources: primarily pain and rejection in the developmental years, problems in relationships, detrimental societal forces, and existential realities that affect all people. Through numerous case st…

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Suicide and the Inner Voice: Risk Assessment, Treatment and Case Management

…person acts on the resolve to terminate his or her existence.” Thus begins Robert W. Firestone’s exploration into the depths of the human problem of suicide. Suicide is a leading cause of death in our nation. What internal factors cause a person to end his or her life, and what are the familial and societal factors that may be making a destructive contribution? The answers to both questions are at the heart of Suicide and the Inner Voice. Dr. Fire…

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Combating Destructive Thought Processes: Voice Therapy and Separation Theory

…individual needs and priorities? In this book, noted clinical psychologist Robert W. Firestone sets forth his theory — synthesizing psychodynamic and existential approaches to the psyche — underlying his voice therapy methodology. From childhood, Firestone maintains, humans are prevented from experiencing an individuated life by the pressures of society and destructive interactions within the family. The goal of Voice Therapy is to uncover the ins…

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Real Love Versus Fantasy: How to Keep Romantic Love Alive

…e concept of a fantasy bond. Based on theory developed by psychologist Dr. Robert Firestone, the fantasy bond describes an illusion of connection a couple forms that replaces real acts of love, affection and relating. A fantasy bond exists when the form and routine of a relationship becomes more important than the substance – when a couple starts to forego their individuality—losing the “me” to become a “we.” This webinar sheds light on the differ…

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I Hate My Body: Dealing with Poor Body Image

…bout these steps, which were developed by Dr. Firestone and her father Dr. Robert Firestone, here. One of the most helpful exercises they created involves writing down our specific “voices” as “you” statements. This changes the perspective of the voice from being something we believe to be true about ourselves (i.e. “I have such a thick waist.”) to something someone else is saying to us (i.e. “You have such a thick waist.”) This helps us see the c…

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Video: Dr. Lisa Firestone’s Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Articles by Dr. Lisa Firestone: How to Not Feel Let Down This Valentine’s Day When I think of Valentine’s Day, I inevitably think of February 15. That’s the day that people come in to work or meet friends for coffee and talk about the events of the previous evening. Some excerpts I’ve heard in … Read More » Advice for Valentine’s Day: Amplify the Romance in Your Relationship We’re all familiar with the complaint that Valentine’s D…

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Suicide on the Rise – What We Do by Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

…a person who is contemplating suicide. On a self-report questionnaire, The Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (FAST), the people who had made previous suicide attempts endorsed negative thoughts or “critical inner voices” that told them they were a burden to their family and friends. “You’d be doing your family a favor if you killed yourself.” (This has been labeled “perceived burdensomeness” by researcher Thomas Joiner.) Suicidal p…

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Dr. Lisa Firestone on the Lasting Impact of Childhood

…Dr. Lisa Firestone on the Lasting Impact of Childhood…

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Becoming the Real You: A Video Presentation with Dr. Lisa Firestone

…  Watch Dr. Lisa Firestone, co-author of The Self Under Siege: A Therapeutic Model for Differentiation, explain the role of differentiation in becoming who you really want to be and living the life you want to lead. Learn more about the book, The Self Under Siege…

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Dr. Lisa Firestone On Ways to Improve Your Relationship

…Dr. Lisa Firestone On Ways to Improve Your Relationship…

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