Agency via Knowledge, pt. 2: Beyond the “Therapy Wars”

The psychotherapy field suffers from a serious and persistent lack of theoretical unity. Other scholars have written at length about what might account for this and how severe a problem it poses for the field. Here I want to suggest that reconceptualizing the existing therapeutic frameworks in terms of their promotion of agency through knowledge,Continue reading “Agency via Knowledge, pt. 2: Beyond the “Therapy Wars””

Agency via Knowledge, pt. 1: A Unifying Therapeutic Theme

Recently I got to present this early version of a project I’ve been developing with some of my colleagues: Given the surprising amount of positive feedback this poster has gotten from researchers and practicing therapists alike, I’ve been inspired to do a deeper conceptual dive into the “meta-process” we’ve identified. Below is an initial previewContinue reading “Agency via Knowledge, pt. 1: A Unifying Therapeutic Theme”

Innovating for the innovators: My professional mission as clarified by COVID-19

As is in the nature of crises, this pandemic has led me to reflect on what I really value in my work, and where I want to focus my efforts going forward. Throughout my career I’ve struggled to identify myself with a particular “specialty.”  This is partly because I have the soul of a generalist,Continue reading “Innovating for the innovators: My professional mission as clarified by COVID-19”

Compiled psychological resources for coping with COVID-19

Posts I’ve written that some might find helpful: “Self-honesty, pt. 2: ‘Prepping’ versus pretending to ‘prep’” (March 12, 2020) “A brief guide to coping with anger in the context of COVID-19” (April 1, 2020) Platforms for finding an online therapist: If you live in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Washington DC, Illinois, WashingtonContinue reading “Compiled psychological resources for coping with COVID-19”

A brief guide to coping with anger in the context of COVID-19

Plenty of excellent resources have already been circulated for coping with COVID19 stress and anxiety; see my compiled list of recommended resources here, and check back often as I continue to add more.  Not much has been said about coping with anger, though, which has arguably been running just as hot for many of usContinue reading “A brief guide to coping with anger in the context of COVID-19”

COVID-19 versus the American Spirit

Watching through my apartment window as my beloved NYC has emptied and dimmed, I’ve had the creeping feeling that the whole city—and with it, the whole country—is running out of air. As if in sympathy with the staggering numbers of critically ill in our overwhelmed and under-equipped ICU’s, the rest of us, too, seem toContinue reading “COVID-19 versus the American Spirit”

Self-honesty, pt. 2a: Thinking about COVID19 in a culture that doesn’t know how

On this occasion I decided to try my hand at my first-ever tweetstorm, which the Twitter-savvy among you can read and engage with here. For the rest of you (of whom I was recently one, after all), here’s the complete “unrolled” version below: Recently I tweeted this post on the need for “self-honesty” to helpContinue reading “Self-honesty, pt. 2a: Thinking about COVID19 in a culture that doesn’t know how”

New publication: A commentary on forgetting

I had a lot of fun co-authoring this newly published article with my former PhD advisor Bethany Teachman. It is a commentary on this article by Fawcett and Hulbert, who argue that forgetting is a “feature” rather than a “bug” of human cognition. We bring evidence from mental health research to bear on some ofContinue reading “New publication: A commentary on forgetting”