Archive for May, 2007

May 16 2007

Imagery Bibliography

Bibliography: Music Therapy & Imagery

Achterburg, Dossey, Kolkmeier, Rituals of Healing: Using Imagery for Health and Wellness. New York: Bantam, 1994.

*Girard, Vickie, There’s No Place Like Hope. Published by Compendium, Inc.

A Guide to Beating Cancer in Mind-sized Bites.

*Kaye, Ronnie, LCSW, Spinning Straw Into Gold: Your Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer. Published by Simon & Schuster.
LaShon, Lawrence, Cancer As A Turning Point. Essential for you as a therapist.

Lawless, Frank, PhD., The Cure: The Hero’s Journey with Cancer
San Jose, CA: Resource Publications, Inc.

Maltz, Maxwell, MD, The New Psycho-Cybernetics. New York: Prentice Hall, 2001.

Pert, Candace B., Molecules of Emotion. New York: Scribner, 1997.
Rossman, Martin L., MD, Fighting Cancer from Within. New York: Holt & Company, 2003.

*great for clients/patients

Abrams, B,. PhD., MT-BC, FAMI (2001) Music, Cancer and Immunity. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 5, 222-224.

Landmark, B.T.,, Strandmark, M., Wahl, A. (2002) Breast Cancer and experiences of Social Support. Scandinavian Journal of Caring, 16, 216-233.

Rosenfeld, M. & Smillie, E. (1998) Group counseling by telephone. British Journal of
Guidance and Counseling, 26, 11-19.

Bibliography: Imagery/Psychotherapy

Arrien, Angeles, Ph.D., The Fourfold Way: Walking the Path of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary, Harper San Francisco, 1993

Frankl, Victor E., Man’s Search for Meaning, Washington Square Press, 1946

Rossman, Martin L. Healing Yourself:A Step-by-Step Program for Better Health Through Imagery, The Institute for the Advancement of Health, 1987

Mark, Robert, and Portugal, Buddy, Victories of the Heart: The Inside Story of a Pioneer Men’s Group and How Men Help Each Other Change Their Lives, Element, 1996

Meade, Michael, Men and the Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of Men, Harper San Francisco, 1993

Ornstein, Robert, Ph.D., and Sobel, David, M.D., Healthy Pleasures, Addison-Wesley, 1989

Sapolsky, Robert M., Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: A guide to Stress, Stress-related Diseases,

Samuels, Mike, M.D. and Samuels, Nancy, Seeing With the Mind’s Eye:The History, Techniques and Uses of Visualization, Random House, 1975

Travis, John W., M.D. and Ryan, Regina Sara, Wellness Workbook, Ten Speed Press, 1988

Whitfield, Charles L., Healing the Child Within, Health Communications

Whitfield, Charles L., Boundaries and Relationships: Knowing, Protecting and Enjoying Yourself, Health Communications, 1993

Yalom, Irving D., The Theory and Practice of Group Therapy, Basic Books, 1995

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May 15 2007

Treating Depression

Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy” and medication are two effective ways to treat depression.

Research has shown that being able to talk about your concerns, even for a short period of time, is very helpful.

I often hear from clients that they began to feel better right after making the appointment to see me. This is likely because they are finally doing something about their depression. Making the appointment and starting psychotherapy helps them feel more support, less isolated and more hopeful.

In addition to feeling supported, Cognitive Therapy helps address the underlying negative thoughts and behaviors related to the depression. For example, depressed individuals often have negative thoughts ( “I am worthless, incompetent, unloved, stupid, etc”) about themselves, their relationships, and the world.

They also have trouble coping with everyday life challenges. Rather than moving forward and trying to get something accomplished, they may stay in bed all day, watch tv or movies and avoid more important tasks.

So, is very important for the therapy to address these negative thoughts and behaviors. Effective therapy will address these issues and help the depressed person change their thinking and cope with important challenges. Taking action, any action, can create some momentum towards change.
Using medication is also a very good idea, especially when the depression has been going on for a long time or when “talk” therapy has not been enough. There are many medications available and most work in a similar way by helping to create a more balanced level of serotonin in the body. With more adequate levels of serotonin, we are able to feel more calm, sleep and concentrate better, and generally have more resilience in the face of life’s challenges.

Do you know anyone who has talked about their battles with depression?

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May 01 2007

Carol Marin and Vietnam

I read a column (September 23, 2007) by Carol Marin in the Sun Times online about the Vietnam War. There are many more writers building analogies between the Vietnam War era and today’s war conflict in Iraq and elsewhere in the world.

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