therapy

“You Need Psychotherapy”

Psychotherapy is a luxury that you deserve. When I was in my early 20’s, I went into psychotherapy. At that point in my life, I had tried all of the things that were supposed to bring me happiness—college, marriage, moving to a different city—and I was getting more and more miserable. I wasn’t a mental mess; I wasn’t seriously… Read more »

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Why Therapy is Essential for Treating Addiction

Most people assume the remedy for recovery involves detox and abstinence from the drugs/alcohol. The truth is, this is only the beginning. Recovery is a lifelong process, one that requires discipline and most importantly intensive treatment and therapy. Addiction is usually a symptom of an underlying issue such as trauma, abuse, grief, and many other… Read more »

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Voice Therapy

In my last blog, I described the “voice” as a series of negative thoughts and attitudes toward self and others, which are at the core of a person’s self-destructive ideology and behavior. As such, the voice can be conceived of as the internal enemy or anti-self aspect of the personality. My approach to psychotherapy is… Read more »

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What Goes On in the Mind of Your Therapist?

As you sit in your therapy session, sifting through your own thoughts, do you ever wonder what your therapist is feeling and thinking? When you open up and disclose so much of yourself to someone it’s impossible not to occasionally be curious about what they are experiencing. My father Robert Firestone recently wrote a book, which offers a… Read more »

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Why Men Are Resistant to Therapy

Over the years of working with men as a psychologist, I discovered that there is a big resistance for so many of them to talk personally about their struggles within their intimate  relationships and I have been investigating and exploring this subject for years. There are plenty of stereotypes to go around when we bring… Read more »

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How to Find a Good Therapist

People seek therapy to get help making an important personal change, by their choice or urged by loved ones. Maybe you are being proactive and preparing for a happy event such as a wedding or a new baby, and you want to get off to a strong start. Maybe you are struggling with a relationship,… Read more »

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The Scientific Approach to Changing Your Life

Last year, a poll indicated that only one in three Americans is reportedly “very happy.” Maybe this surprises you or maybe it doesn’t, but what it likely tells us is that the majority of the population is looking for a change. Whether it’s their job, their relationship, their city or themselves, most people have something… Read more »

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Video: Dr. John Norcross on the impact of a therapist’s confidence

Dr. John Norcross discusses the impact of a therapist’s confidence on the outcome of a therapeutic endeavor LF: Isn’t there some research showing that if you don’t – how much the therapist believes in what they’re doing has a big effect, as well? JN: Yeah.  It’s our hope – you know, most of us talk… Read more »

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Video: Dr. John Norcross on cultural universalism and cultural relativism

Dr. John Norcross talks about the therapeutic intersection of cultural universalism and cultural relativism LF: How about the aspect of being culturally relevant?  I was curious about your take on that because you see a lot of focus on cultural relativity or … and people sort of say, all these people are like this and… Read more »

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Video: Dr. John Norcross on Public Health’s approach to psychotherapy

Dr. John Norcross talks about Public Health approach to psychotherapy. LF: How would you take a Public Health approach to psychotherapy?  I’m curious about how you see that being implemented. JN: Well, in two or three ways.  One is to be proactive, rather than waiting for people to call us, we go out and get… Read more »

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