My One Problem

My One Problem

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It is always foolish to oversimplify complex problems. Nonetheless from the viewpoint of the Dreaming, regardless of the complexity of your life, you can have only one problem – ignoring the Dreaming background to reality. Ignoring the Dreaming means marginalizing the deepest unformulated experiences that create your actions in everyday life. Every time you ignore

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Winter Solstice: Knowing Yourself Through The Night

winter solstice

Happy Winter Solstice everyone! This centuries old celebration is one of the most meaningful days of the year to me. Ever since I was a small child, the inky nights of winter held a certain kind of spooky magic that enthralled me. Starting with the Fall Equinox, our literal time in light begins to decrease,

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Meet Jacque Pfeifer, MAMFT

Jacque Pfeifer, MAMFT is one of four therapists to join LifeWorks this year through the Green House, our postgraduate psychotherapy training and mentoring program. What first drew you to the Green House? Initially, I was drawn to the Green House program because I am passionate about working with marginalized communities, especially the non-monogamy and LGBTQ communities. As

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Meet Meryl Morris, LCSW

Meryl Morris, LCSW is one of four therapists to join LifeWorks this year through the Green House, our postgraduate psychotherapy training and mentoring program. What first drew you to the Greenhouse? I first became aware of LifeWorks after meeting Rami Henrich and Cindy Trawinski at the 2015 Alternative Sexualities Conference. They invited me to a KPACT

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LifeWorks Team is Expanding — Meet Allison Burque, LCSW

Allison Burque, LCSW, is one of four therapists working with LifeWorks this year through the Greenhouse, our postgraduate psychotherapy training and mentoring program. The Greenhouse provides new clinicians with opportunities to develop their identities as therapists, deepen their skills and unique strengths, and expand their cultural knowledge through hands-on experience and educational modules. Learn more

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Returning to Therapy — A Profound Act of Self-care

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by Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D., Dipl. PW & Rami Henrich, LCSW, Dipl. PW “I can’t believe I’m here… again.” Some people returning to therapy for the second, third, or fifth time often wonder “why do I need to go back to therapy?” “was there something I should have handled the last time around?” “maybe I am

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Becoming Self-ish

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Who am I underneath my social role?  Am I the set of expectations from my parents and community? Or am I the response to demands to express certain values that are highly-prized in our culture?  Who am I different and apart from the collective instincts and behaviors that are universal to every human? These are

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Truth by Way of Error

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“Carry through your life as well as you can, even if it is based on error, because life has to be undone, and one often gets to the truth through error. . . .  So, be human, seek understanding, seek insight, and make your hypothesis, your philosophy of life.  Then we may recognize the Spirit

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Radical Wholeness in Depth Psychotherapy

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As Fall begins, many people find themselves considering therapy as the vacations and other sunny distractions are over and the pressing concerns they thought they had left behind in the Spring begin to re-emerge. From those who have not been in therapy before, I sometimes hear a fear of what they might “find,” implying that

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Alternative to positive thinking: The Antidote

happy and sad balloons

Ah, the holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Kwanzaa—full of such ambivalence for so many of us.  Holding promise, but perhaps more often, memories of not-so-wonderful times, or even a sense of hopelessness that the season could ever live up to the yearned-for wishes for “peace and joy.”  Perhaps, no other time of year has such

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The Unknown

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Our world (and universe) is unknowable and uncertain.  While my conscious attitude does not usually focus on this reality, my thoughts circulated on this notion recently.   The country and world are, even now, in a profound state of disruption.  The unknown and unfamiliar are often seen as states to avoid, yet a foundation of

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