Response: The New York Times “My Mother’s Psychotherapy–and Mine”

Response: The New York Times “My Mother’s Psychotherapy–and Mine”

Elizabeth Handy

The New York Times published an article from Saïd Sayrafiezadadeh’s “Couch” series on Sunday titled “My Mother’s Psychotherapy—and Mine.” Sayrafiezadadeh said of his mother, “Her relationship with her treatment nearly killed her. How would I fare?” The author recalls that when he expressed feelings of hopelessness regarding the alleviation of the unhappy memories, the therapist’s solution was to “keep coming …

Elizabeth’s letter to the Washington Post

Elizabeth Handy

Elizabeth’s letter to the Washington Post Elizabeth’s response to the Washington Post’s article “At VA, exploring alternative therapies for chronic pain and other ailments” from October 16, front page, was published—take a look below! I laud the Department of Veterans Affairs for taking steps to make alternative therapies available and affordable for those suffering from physical and psychological traumas. As …

The Effect of Exercise on Depression

The Effect of Exercise on Depression

Elizabeth Handy

The Effect of Exercise on Depression Exercise is a wonderful complement to therapy and life in general. Exercise releases endorphins, tones our bodies, releases tension and stress and boosts our immune systems. Research proves that exercise increases professional focus and productivity and reduces “sick days.” The Washington Post published an article last week that describes a recent study in mice that has …

Depression is Not A Disease: It’s A Wake-Up Call

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Depression is Not A Disease: It’s A Wake-Up Call James Gordon M.D. on the 7 Stages of Healing Depression without Antidepressants says: “A customized combination of complementary approaches like acupuncture, meditation and relaxation practices, sound nutrition, creative imagery, movement, and physical exercise are effective [for treating depression]. And the key factor…is a constant—the client must take an active role in …

The Dangers of Psychotropic Drugs

The Dangers of Psychotropic Drugs

Elizabeth Handy

The Dangers of Psychotropic Drugs With almost all of my clients,  of the first steps I recommend is that they work with their prescribing physician to wean completely off of psychotropic drugs. Although this is at first daunting and sometimes terrifying to imagine, there are several reasons that this approach is critical to my clients’ success: If you are taking mood-altering drugs …

What are Emotional Personas?

What are Emotional Personas?

Elizabeth Handy

What are Emotional Personas? I use the concept of Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, when I explain Emotional Personas (EP). Every one of us is made up of multiple EPs—the smaller, internal dolls, which collectively make up our whole adult self—the big doll. Each EP represents an age or a moment along the timeline of our lives. In a healthy individual with no trauma, the …