Note: We don't spend all of the video sideways! Things get straightened out around the 3-minute mark. ;)
I joined Melissa DaSilva, LICSW, for a fun New Year's chat about being in private practice. Please feel free to check it out if you'd like to learn more about my approach and how I became a therapist.
P.S. Happy New Year! :)
P.P.S. Registration for the next Artist's Way Workshop, beginning February 2018, is now OPEN! Check it out here.
How can mornings pages and artist dates help you? They are the basic building blocks of recovering your creative spirit. But what are they and how do I do them? Check out the video to find out! :-)
P.S. The next 12-week Artist's Way Workshop therapy group will meet Sundays starting Feb. 4 in San Diego. Registration begins Jan. 2, and space is limited. Click here to receive updates via email.
Join us for the 2018 Artist's Way Workshop therapy group. We'll meet for 12 weeks — 10 am-12 pm Sundays, starting Feb. 4. Please click here to add your email to the interest list. Registration opens Jan. 2!
Why does this time of year feel so weird for so many of us? It's supposed to be happy, and it is, yet sometimes it can also feel sad or even tragic. Maybe it's the culmination of everything from the year right before we begin a new one...
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Rachel Moore, LMFT, is now open for business! :-) I have two offices in the Hillcrest/Bankers Hill area. This video is a quick, whirlwind tour of my Tuesday office. Enjoy!
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My friend and fellow clinician, Joel Schwartz, and I recorded a Facebook Live video as a follow-up to my recent blog post about Gabor Maté. Our freewheeling conversation covered lots of topics, including the nature of creativity itself. We also talk about the push-pull dynamic between feeling compelled to express and desiring to hide our creative selves.
Click to 4:30 on the video to get to the start of our conversation. I hope you enjoy!
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By Rachel Moore, LMFT
I was recently invited along with a few dozen other mental health clinicians to a small, salon-style discussion with author Gabor Maté. When I had the opportunity to ask him a question that night, he told me I was wrong. And I’m glad he did.
If you’re not familiar with Maté, he is a renowned Hungarian-Canadian physician who specializes in neurology, psychiatry, psychology, and addiction. His basic premise is the mind and the body are inseparable. Maté’s books include “When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection” and “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction.”
Maté is also a Holocaust survivor, and he focuses on the effects of early childhood trauma in disease and addiction. In one interview, he said: “There are genetic predispositions to addictions, but they don’t cause addiction by themselves; they just increase the risk. In both animal and human studies subjects don’t become addicted if they receive the proper nurturing, even in the presence of predisposing genes.”
I spoke on the San Diego country radio station KSON this morning about the recent shooting in San Diego and how best to help those who were affected and dealing with the aftermath. You find the full interview here.
In this blog post I address my psychotherapist colleagues, though I believe it would also be beneficial for clients and others to take a look at and learn from as well.
I've seen discussions in online psychotherapist groups recently about current events like the Charlottesville rally and the presidential pardon of Joe Arpaio. In these groups, some therapists have encouraged their colleagues to specifically check in with clients who are people of color (POC) about these issues. This seems appropriate to me because part of our responsibility as clinicians is to broach difficult subjects, and race is certainly one of them. It doesn't matter what our particular political views are, but it does matter what our clients think, feel, and experience. White therapists in particular have a responsibility to create an environment where POC clients feel safe to open up.
I was surprised to find some other therapists in these groups disagree with the need to check in with POC clients and/or derail the focus away from race. (I was even more surprised when the administrators of one group deleted a black therapist’s thread and removed her from the group). It seems clear to me there is work to be done in our profession about how to initiate conversations on race because this is a real issue that affects many of our clients directly. The personal is political.
Rachel Moore, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy in San Diego, CA. Rachel helps writers, artists, musicians, and other creative types overcome anxiety, trauma, and depression. She is trained in EMDR therapy.