Four Preludes by Carl Sandberg

I had the opportunity today to hear Michael Tilson Thomas lead the LA Philharmonic in his own Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind (2003; 2016), a powerful 30 minute piece.  It is a setting of Carl Sandburg’s 1922 poem of the same name. I haven’t found a link to Thomas’s piece online, but here […]

Growing Gratitude

Under the cute headline, AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE, WSJ Review published an essay by Jennifer Breheny Wallace reporting some surprising studies on the positive value of gratitude. A 2011 study by David Rosmarin reported that states of gratitude were associated with less anxiety, less depression, and greater well-being. Gratitude initiates an upward spiral of positive […]

Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan’s immortal words in 1994, contemplating the human place in the Cosmos.  Here be AWEsome! My thanks to Wikipedia and ourtinybluedot.com for the resources used in this post. Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about […]

A Therapist-In-Training Becomes Profound

A young and valued colleague, Maury Joseph PsyD, who has recently assumed directorship of the ISTDP program at Washington School of Psychiatry, has published a lovely piece about maturing into an accomplished therapist by attending to his internal struggle with his own self-expectations and his clients’ unique relationship needs.  I am reprinting portions of it […]

Humanity’s Evolutionary Sequence (and Challenge)

An esteemed colleague, Jon Frederickson, and I were talking about arcane issues of technique (spotting and responding to projection of task and will) and he recommend Leston Havens’ 1986 book, MAKING CONTACT: USES OF LANGUAGE IN PSYCHOTHERAPY.  After I ordered it, I read the Preface online (Amazon.com). One long paragraph required a couple of readings to […]

Value of Mediterranean Diet for Depression, ADHD

Three very recent studies have added to the evidence that a modified Mediterranean Diet is not only good for the heart but for brain function as well.  In an Australian study by Felice Jacka and colleagues, 34 patients with severe depression following a modified Mediterranean diet were compared to 33 controls.  The advantages of the […]

Neurofeedback Gets Political?

I just came across an article (blog) that is so topical, so reasonable, and so well-presented that I have decided to reproduce it.  Saul Rosenthal is a Boston-area Health Psychologist.  He writes about a sidelight to the controversies around President Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy Voss.  It appears that media coverage of one […]

Slavery’s Shadow on the American Psyche

Slavery’s Shadow: Racism in the American Psyche,  Part II   A screening of two 2016 documentary films, 13th and I Am Not Your Negro, offers both formal and facilitated audience discussion of racism in the American psyche today.  Saturday morning April 8, 2017, 9-1:30 at New Center for Psyhcoanalysis (Los Angeles). 13th, directed by  Ava DuVernay (Selma, Queen Sugar),  […]

Dr. Brod Training Advanced Psychotherapists Summer 2016

I will be out of the office much more than usual this summer to teach intensive psychotherapy to other clinicians.  In early June, I joined Jon Frederickson MSW in Syria Virginia for the Washington School of Psychiatry ISTDP Summer School.  July 7-23, I have been invited to Melbourne to consult with psychotherapists doing advanced study […]