Blog 2017-06-05T06:42:51+00:00

From the Cambridge Mind Body Blog

Over the course of many years of working with clients in a variety of settings, I have gained a number of insights, and it’s my pleasure to share some of these insights and observations here. Please take what you find helpful, and leave the rest. — Douglas

Mindfulness and the Addictive Mind

Mindfulness is getting a lot of attention these days, and rightly so. As a way to cultivate balance, sanity and contentment, it's been well-tested since its development 2600 years ago. Consider its longevity, in comparison to the relatively infantile field of psychotherapy, which it's generally agreed developed in the late 1800s in Vienna with Freud, Jung and their cohort. Mindfulness originates in the teachings of the Buddha, who taught that [...]

The Missed Opportunity of Anxiety

It's symptoms like anxious feelings that often drive people to seek a therapist. In Mindfulness we refer to symptoms as 'suffering', meaning, being uncomfortable. And of course when beginning therapy, the goal is usually symptom reduction- like feeling less anxious. It's a perfectly reasonable goal, except that it may be unreaslistic (since anxiety is a natural and inevitable human feeling) and it misses an opportunity: The opportunity to use the [...]

Anxiety: A Love Story (an open letter to colleagues)

How did anxiety get such a bad rap? This harmless feeling is widely feared, and has been pathologized by the DSM as a 'disorder'. Well-meaning PCPs regularly write prescriptions to help their patients banish it. As mindfulness-oriented clinicians, we may find ourselves, oddly, as ambassadors of anxiety. Abraham Lincoln famously described de-fanging his enemies by making them his friends. How Mindfulness is that? He understood the power of shifting out [...]

Cowboys, Coconuts and Kangaroos: On Being Unprepared for Adult Emotional Life

Often, the struggle that brings someone to therapy is finding themselves overwhelmed by their inner experience- waves of emotion, sensations in the body, or churning thoughts. I sometimes reflect on how challenging it is to live in a human body that reacts and resonates so powerfully as we move through the world. We often can’t make sense of what we feel. We can’t control what we think. Our rational self [...]

No, I Am Not Taking New Patients…But New Clients Are Welcome

A quiet revolution is happening in the mental health field. People seeking help are realizing that ‘therapy’ can be focused on what positive patterns they wish to grow, rather than on what’s wrong with them. The focus of the work is on cultivating new habits, beliefs and attitudes- growing the toolbox, rather than on recounting at length what went wrong that week, or in a distant childhood. This reduces the [...]

Yoga, Psychotherapy, and Thoughts About Mother

Yoga is emerging as a force in the mental health world. Here are a few of the primary reasons why: 1. Many people are having an experience of wholeness through yoga that often proves elusive in psychotherapy. If not elusive, it may take years or decades to achieve. By contrast, countless people report touching something like wholeness in a 75-minute yoga class, on a regular basis- and they are doing [...]