Author: David Helfgott, Psy.D.

The Jerk: A Dynamic in Couples Counseling

One of the couples I see weekly struggles with issues that are, unfortunately, so common to us all. He complains about her nagging him all the time over “silly” things, while she says the things she complains about are not...

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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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