The Hunger on My Bones

Prenatal and Postpartum Group Psychotherapy

    I read this article today in the New York Times and decided to share it on my blog because it speaks to the purpose of the prenatal and postpartum psychotherapy groups that I offer and provide in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. It is validating and hopeful to read and learn about other […]

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The Hunger on My Bones

The Hunger on My Bones is a blog dedicated to understanding the treatment and therapy for eating disorders, self injury, compulsive shopping and prenatal and postpartum mood disorders and concerns. The information, ideas and clinical vignettes presented in this blog are created and offered for those interested in delving more deeply into the psychodynamics related […]

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The Hunger on My Bones

The Hunger on My Bones is a blog dedicated to understanding the treatment and therapy for eating disorders, self injury, compulsive shopping and prenatal and postpartum mood disorders and concerns. The information, ideas and clinical vignettes presented in this blog are created and offered for those interested in delving more deeply into the psychodynamics related […]

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Grieving Into The New Year

    This past week has stamped 2016 with more universal loss. The year has been a test of our collective capacity to mourn and persevere. The deaths of many beloved people who touched the lives of millions impact each of us and we each process loss in our own unique manner. Our social media […]

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Election Emotions: How Talk Therapy Can Help

I have consistently written about the therapeutic value of finding words for one’s feelings. I have been working with individuals, families and groups for 20 years and the most important aspect of my practice has been providing a containing clinical space for my clientele to take their time and speak their minds. Recently, I read an […]

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What Drives Self Injury

Self injury is and can be the result of numerous causes, backgrounds and histories. When I work with someone in therapy who uses self harm, my attempt at helping them curtail their behavior that has gone awry begins with trying to understand what the self injury may mean and the purpose it may serve. My […]

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Postpartum Group Psychotherapy

A postpartum psychotherapy group for mothers & their babies The pea to a pumpkin group process of finding one’s words makes possible a communication within each group member’s inner worlds. This process strengthens each woman’s more tenuous sense of reality by weaving together various parts of each of their personalities to form a more cohesive fabric. […]

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Hungry

So often when I meet with a patient for the first time one prevailing theme I hear is confusion with respect to the perception of hunger. Distinguishing and discerning physiological hunger and psychic hunger conceivably be helpful although frustrating. Attempting to regulate physical hunger is the basis of the myriad symptoms of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Many […]

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The Distortion of Body Image

I thought I’d take a moment and try to clarify our distorted definition of body image. What body image is not: the comparison of my body image to your body image or to a picture in a magazine. What body image IS: the collection of feelings and experiences that formed internalized images of oneself from […]

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The Practice of Mindfulness

When the idea “mindfulness” comes up in conversation or in a therapy session the question “what do I do to be more mindful?” almost always is asked. So, because mindfulness is actually “doing” nothing and just “observing”, I thought this would be a helpful “mindfulness not-to-do list” ———————————————————– This Blog draws from my day-to-day practice. […]

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