Professor Paul Bialek, the program lead for the Contemplative Psychotherapy program at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado was the featured guest on today's Parent Choices for Struggling Teens with Lon Woodbury and co-host, Liz McGhee.
In 2008, the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Research Project began seeing individuals in a controlled trial of psilocybin-assisted therapy for existential anxiety due to cancer diagnosis. At the same time, we began a training program for study therapists. In this talk, Dr. Guss, the Director of Psychedelic Therapy training, will present the training program in detail, including the therapist dyad preparations sessions, didactic approaches, mentorship, and group process work evoking spiritual states through intentional methods. Adaptation to an academic context for psychedelic healing sessions will be discussed, as well as questions of adaptation to traditional methods of training in psychiatric settings. The need to define a template for training future clinicians to use psychedelic medicines will be explored, with the complex questions of therapist selection, supervision, and potential models for clinical practice.
Jeffrey Guss, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. He is Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Psychedelic Psychotherapy for the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Research Project. He has recently published on the topics of gender and sexuality in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Dr. Guss maintains a private practice of psychiatry in New York City, specializing in psychotherapy as well as the outpatient treatment of addictive disorders.
Sympathy usually means entering into and sharing feelings that another person has verbally and intentionally expressed; empathy involves intuiting something unspoken, of which the other person may sometimes be entirely unaware...
In my view, the distinction between empathy vs sympathy involves the difference between entering into and sharing those feelings that another person may have verbally and intentionally expressed vs intuiting something unspoken, of which the other person may sometimes be entirely unaware. I often find that clients want me to sympathize with what they’re telling me, when in fact, they need me to empathize with and help them become aware of something unconscious they’re afraid to know.
Employees on sick leave with common mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety fully returned to work sooner when therapy deals with work-related problems and how to get back on the job, according to new research published by the...
Those psychologists who have adopted a manualized, technological, or "managed care" approach to their science have tried to downplay empathy as a key element in psychotherapy. Empathy is relegated to a useful background characteristic for building the therapeutic relationship, but it is often not understood as a vital therapeutic ingredient in its own right. Many clinicians do not seem to realize that the subject of empathy has generated novel perspectives and a healthy current research base.
The coeditors of Empathy Reconsidered: New Directions in Psychotherapy have chosen to buck this trend, bringing together a group of respected writers from a variety of perspectives who are making active contributions to the development of our understanding of what empathy is and how it operates in the therapy context.
"In Empathy in Psychotherapy: How Therapists and Clients Understand Each Other, Frank-M. Staemmler brings together neuropsychology, the psychotherapy literature, the developmental psychology literature, and philosophical literature...to rigorously and thoroughly present a new view of the nature of empathy that makes it clear how the relationship can be healing. The book is an impressive effort of scholarship in which Staemmler has thoroughly grounded his ideas in the literatures that he brings to bear." --PsycCRITIQUES
"Staemmler's new book on empathy, Empathy in Psychotherapy: How Therapists and Clients Understand Each Other, is a tour de force. Rarely have I read a book--surely not in psychoanalysis or psychotherapy--so scholarly and so accessible, so theoretically challenging and so humanistically rich." --International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
Improves our understanding of the potential for empathy to greatly enhance therapeutic practiceDraws from philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, social sciences, and neuroscience to create a new definition of empathyCritiques traditional concepts of empathy and highlights their strengths and weaknesses
It has been claimed that the monitoring of ongoing psychotherapy is of crucial importance for improving the quality of mental health care. This study investigated the effect of using the Norwegian version of the patient feedback system OQ®-Analyst using the Outcome Questionnaire-45.2. Patients from six psychiatric clinics in Southern Norway (N = 259) were randomized to feedback (FB) or no feedback (NFB). The main effect of feedback was statistical significant (p = .027), corroborating the hypothesis that feedback would improve the quality of services, although the size of the effect was small to moderate (d = 0.32). The benefits of feedback have to be considered against the costs of implementation.
28% of people in the UK have consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist, suggests a BACP survey carried out earlier this year. Our 2014 public attitudes survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI in March, was completed by 2084 adults aged 16-75 from across the UK. The results of this survey are the most recent figures in our ongoing efforts to track the changing attitudes to counselling and psychotherapy in the UK.This year’s figures show a significant increase in the number of people accessing therapy since our last public attitudes survey in 2010 when only one person in five said that they had consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist. Women are most likely to have had therapy, with nearly a third (32%) saying they had used the services of a counsellor or psychotherapist, compared to 23% of men. People aged between 35 and 44 are most likely to have had counselling or psychotherapy – with 38% – well over a third – having had it. In total, over half of Britons have either had therapy themselves, or know someone who has. BACP Governor, Dr Andrew Reeves, says: “The significant increase in the number of people consulting a counsellor or psychotherapist is evidence that people are seeing more and more value in these extremely effective interventions. “These results strongly suggest that the stigma attached to seeking counselling has diminished considerably since our previous attitudes surveys in 2004 and 2010. “Seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist is increasingly considered an ordinary, everyday activity which many people choose to do in order to improve their mental wellbeing.” Clearly, therapy is no longer perceived as being the preserve of the very rich or the very ill. The fact that most people in the UK have either had therapy themselves, or know someone who has, suggests that it has become truly mainstream in much of society. Our public website, www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk, contains a wealth of information for anyone considering therapy including information sheets, videos, links to recent research, and a ‘find a therapist’ directory which people can use to find a private therapist suitable for them in their local area.
Via Dr James Hawkins
In order to empathize with another person, you have to recognize that he actually exists apart from and without specific reference to you. You must understand that she has a distinct identity and an interior life of her own, with which you might possibly empathize.
While there are some interesting exceptions to this rule, it’s a useful place to start a discussion of why some people can’t empathize, or why their ability to feel empathy is severely restricted. We can look at the spectrum of psychological disorders in terms of ability to recognize and tolerate separateness, then understand the ways that this ability will limit our capacity to feel for other people.
Following (Heinz) Kohut, empathy has been widely construed as an aspect, or at least a precondition, of talking therapy. For self psychologists and others who draw on Kohut’s insights, the ability to sympathize with the patient has given way to a higher-order ability to feel what the patient is feeling, to “feel with” the patient from the inside out.
And this process of empathic immersion, in turn, permits the therapist to “observe” the patient’s psychological interior and to comprehend the patient’s “complex mental states.” For Kohut, the core of psychoanalysis, indeed of depth-psychology in general, was employment of this “empathic mode of observation,”
The study of mythology and mythic imagery has long been the province of comparative religion, anthropology, literature and art. In the early 20th century, the scholarly study of mythology was appropriated by psychology, specifically the depth psychology of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, to investigate the psychological and structural implications of myth. The study of myth and its relation to dreams and psychopathology has contributed to a paradigm shift in the field of psychology, in which the symbolic contents of the unconscious, as distinguished from the rational mind and the sensational body, suggest a third realm of human influence and experience.
The analysis of myth has been an integral part of some of depth psychology’s most significant theories. Modern depth psychology interprets myth as symbolizing an inner, psychological experience. Yet, while Freud’s development of the Oedipus Complex and Jung’s use of mythic symbolism in dream interpretation have been widely studied, and Joseph Campbell’s work in... (Click title to keep reading)
Therapy can feel stuck, stymied and aimless, but fits and starts may be a necessary aspect of transformative therapeutic processes....
How does the process of being stuck and unstuck proceed? This depends partly on how and whether the therapist and client can engage in a co-constructed improvisational activity. Empathy is necessary since its absence may be why the therapy is stuck in the first place. Empathy is required for therapeutic improvisation.
Empathy is necessary since its absence
may be why the therapy is stuck
in the first place.
Some of the therapist’s activity might be seen as setting the stage for improvisation to be possible. A way of thinking about the therapist’s stance of patience, empathy, waiting and toleration is that it serves as an attempt at getting unstuck.
Here’s a start to a few blog entries exploring important aspects of psychotherapy as practiced by depth psychologists of various stripes.
Let’s assume a basic working definition of depth psychotherapy. Let’s assume that it’s a form of therapy that goes out of its way to include the unconscious psyche in treatment. By unconscious psyche we mean at minimum certain dynamic patterns that are always at play beneath the surface of our awareness. Let’s assume that engaging the psyche stimulates growth and movement and often helps to ease problematic symptoms of emotional suffering.
So how does a therapist go about engaging the psyche? Truth is, there are lots of ways...(Click title to read full post)
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