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The Skorman Approach to Practicing and Teaching Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

Contents: Background The felt sense of connection, the two tiers of mobilization, and openness to going outside the ISTDP roadmap Troubling trends An element of non-gushing warmth and support, but confrontation is far from dead The central role of the head-on collision  Premature pressure is problematic  ...

The Need for putting the Psyche back in Psychology: The Reality of the Self and the insults of Materialism

In line with Carl Gustav Jung’s reflections on a psychology with or without a psyche, the following reflections point to what is at stake: a psychology that denies the reality of the psyche, or soul, or a psychology that recognizes the soul...

The Dark Underbelly of Psycho-Spiritual Change Models: Dangers and Pitfalls on the path of Personal Growth and Transformation

The inspiration and backdrop for this textI was 19-years-old when I started to take an interest in finding a more authentic and psychologically liberated way of life. This took the form of reading books on spirituality, attending meditation retreats, and this impulse...

Psychodynamic psychotherapy and active substance use 

Active substance use, including marijuana consumption, can be problematic for psychodynamic and other uncovering types of psychotherapeutic treatments such as Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).  My perspective is that of an outpatient psychotherapist, where clients see me for an hour or two per week and...

The Myopic Error: How a Narrow Focus can Hurt our ISTDP informed Clinical Work

Having studied my copious and countless clinical mistakes as well as the mistakes of others over the years, a few themes stand out, many resulting from what I call clinical myopia. When I refer to clinical myopia, I mean the act of missing the forest...

‘Crystallizing’ in Skorman’s Adaptation of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

This article is geared towards Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) informed psychotherapists. Case material is strictly hypothetical, examples of interventions are generic, and reading this article is not a substitute for receiving professional supervision and consultation The term 'crystallizing'...

9 Ways to Start Your Year Off in a Positive Way

The new year has begun and many people have chosen a resolution or a goal. If that is not for you this year because trying to figure out what you want to “change” or “start” stresses you out with, here are a few simple...

Grief and Loss Over the Holidays

The holiday season can be one of the hardest seasons for those people who have had someone they care about that has passed away. One of the main reasons this time is more difficult is because the holidays can be a time to spend...

I need better boundaries

Being afraid of confrontation is a common theme I see in people who do not have healthy boundaries. If this is the case for you, you may rather shove your own emotions down than express what you are feeling. You may want to avoid...

Why aren’t my goals sticking?

Studies have shown that roughly 83 percent of people living in the United States do not have goals. That is a striking statistic! The purpose of a goal is to give you direction to reach the desired result. Without goals, you can find yourself in the proverbial "reaching...

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