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Mindfulness, The Power of the Present

Mindfulness, The Power of the Present   We’ve all been there: a client sits in the chair, regaling us with the events, which occurred since our last meeting. As we listen to our client, our mind begins to shift towards our next appointment, or perhaps a chart that remains unfinished, or even a phone call that needs to be made before the end of the day. Without realizing it, we’ve lost our focus on…

Creating Connections: Couples Therapy & Robbing Banks

Creating Connections: Couples Therapy & Robbing Banks These simple words of notorious bank robber Willie Sutton reveal a basic understanding of how to succeed in any chosen profession. Start simple and stay with the heart of the matter. This idea is so self evident that we often overlook the profound truth contained within. The “Willie Sutton Rule” or “Suttons Law” has even found its way into some medical schools. When making a diagnosis, medical students are encouraged to focus on the obvious, rather than the obscure, when ordering diagnostic procedures.

Countdown to Connection - Attachment Theory...Decoding the Dance

Attachment Theory… Decoding the Dance by William Bumberry, PhD  There are moments when those of us in the “helping professions” need a little help ourselves.  As clinicians, we’re invited into the inner chamber of the deepest, most profound of human emotions.  We not only give witness to but also participate in the dance of couples most intense, powerful, relationship shaping experiences.  In our presence…

Countdown to Connection - Making the Choice to Grow Professionally

Countdown to Connection: Making the Choice to Grow ProfessionallyVagdevi Meunier, Psy.D.When I was in graduate school in the 1980s and 90s, my professors often encouraged us to become members of a national professional association such as AAMFT, APA, NASW, etc. The cost to be a student member was relatively small and the benefits seemed many. Once or twice a year, the same professors also urged us…

A Special Experience - A Special Event

 A Special Experience – A Special Event       Just a few months ago, I sat in a theatre outside Amsterdam and listened spell bound as colleagues like Marco Iacoboni, one of the foremost experts on the mirror neurons that spark empathy,  and others such as Dan Siegel and neuroscientist Jim Coan fascinated the audience with stories, studies and scintillating summaries of science. Not only was this fascinating,…

Countdown to Connection - June 7

Countdown to ConnectionCREATING CONNECTIONS 2016We live in what might be the most privileged, affluent, educated culture on the planet, and yet therapists across our nation are inundated by an epidemic of clients who are isolated, lost and above all lonely. How is it possible to “have it all”, while at the same time to “have nothing”? How have we become a culture that has replaced “person to person”…

CREATING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SCIENCE AND CLINICAL PRACTICE

CREATING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SCIENCE AND CLINICAL PRACTICEThe everyday life of the typical couples therapist is populated by heart breaking drama, trauma and distress … fortunately it’s often softened by moments of authenticity, courage and vulnerability. From the depths of desperation and despair, to the peaks of reaching for one another and connecting, we’re privileged to accompany couples on…

Countdown to Connection

Countdown to ConnectionA Blog about the Creating Connections Conference in September 2016By Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D. There is a mega conference coming to North America in September 2016 called Creating Connections for the first time ever.  Previously only available to people willing to fly out to Netherlands, this conference brings a professional dialogue about connection to our soil just before this…

Repair No Matter Wha

Repair No Matter What By Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D. I received a beautiful poem about repair from my spiritual teacher, Dale Goldstein that inspired me to write this blog post. I have separated the poem into smaller parts for the sake of commenting on each segment. The Joins  What's between us often seems flexible as the webbing between forefinger and thumb. Seems flexible, but it's not; what's between…

TAKE THAT RING AND SHOVE IT...RIGHT BACK ON YOUR FINGER

TAKE THAT RING AND SHOVE IT ? RIGHT BACK ON YOUR FINGER On a rainy, tearful, traumatic Wednesday evening four months ago ? Jason angrily ripped the ring from his finger, tossed it in the sock drawer and slammed it shut. That was the last time he planned to ever wear his wedding ring. The bond was shattered, promises broken ? he saw no way back. That was the evening he discovered Lena had slept with…

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