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 […]

An Ego Boost Amidst Some Seriously Bad News About Anti-Depressants

It is not schadenfreude (taking pleasure in another’s misery) but I received an unexpected ego boost buried in shockingly bad news in a new paper + editorial on Suicide and Antidepressant Use published in the  British Medical Journal, Jan. 28, 2016 (available http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i65). Danish researchers, Tarang Sharma and colleagues, uncovered confirmation that the rate of suicidality and aggression doubles […]

EEG Neurofeedback Overview

Recently, I was asked to contribute to a chapter on EEG Neurofeedback for a text on Psychiatry and Alternative Medicine to be published by the American Psychiatric Association Press.  Since I had promised in my last blog to write more about EEG feedback, I have decided to post the chapter contribution here. NEUROFEEDBACK IN A PSYCHIATRIC PRACTICE […]

Two Brilliant Home Feedback Devices

In our office suite, a portion of which I call the EEGym®, we have some impressive neurofeedback systems (the more you know about the technologies of brainwave biofeedback, the more astonishing they are). In a future blog I should revisit that topic. I am often asked about home-use neurofeedback systems, and I regularly respond that for […]