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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…

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…

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