Author: David Helfgott, Psy.D.

Bearing Fruit

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a session I had had with a middle age man who was struggling with several things that had begun to break down in his life, such as his health, his job, and most pressingly, his marriage. His wife...

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Where did all the Anger Go?

She “bitches” at him, and normally he just takes it; he looks the other way and lets it roll off his back. In my therapy with this couple, we have been working on identifying the pattern that recurs over and over again....

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What is Countertransference?

Today a client was putting me fast asleep. No sedative or hard drink could have done a more masterful job than this client. He had me bobbing and weaving for at least a few minutes while simultaneously I was feeling absolutely...

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It’s Like a Laser

Clients often ask me what should they be talking about in therapy. If I was in a funny mood, I may give them a stereotypical therapist answer: “what do you think you should be talking about in therapy?” In truth,...

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What is my Therapist Thinking?

Oftentimes patients wonder what their therapist is thinking about during their session. Presumably it is not about what they need to pick up from the grocery on the way home. A therapist attends to several different kinds of...

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