The Healing Path with James Finley

We invite you to take part in an engaging and soulful conversation in which James Finley will offer his reflections on the lived experience of loss, death, and healing. James’ most recent book  is The Healing Path: A Memoir and an Invitation, a depthful and tender reflection on his journey through traumatic experience coupled with the gentle gift of healing of … Read More

Understanding the Joyful Messiness of Classrooms: The Polyvagal Theory in Education

Join us for a lively and engaging conversation that brings The Polyvagal Theory into education. Dr. Debra Em Wilson will discuss her Seven Polyvagal Principles designed to make implementation possible in busy, time-crunched classrooms. She’ll share her insights and stories based on thirty plus years as a teacher and educational consultant in schools. She will draw from her new book The … Read More

Reclaiming the Artistry of Therapy, One Session at a Time

How therapists make art out of life. by Michael Alcee Ph.D. Originally posted in Psychology Today, May 15th, 2022 “Who, me, an artist? But I’m not going to drop an album, release a book, or be in a movie anytime soon.” Yes, you, an artist! Hear me out before you wave this one away, as Irvin Yalom did when I … Read More

When We Embrace the Science, Psychotherapy Becomes an Art

Join us for a conversation with Michael Alcée, PhD on March 22nd at 11 AM Pacific Time Interpersonal neurobiology has been revolutionary in transforming not only our client’s lives but our very identities as therapists. In this talk, we’ll focus on how it transforms our work into an artform. Using examples from music, literature, and art, we’ll showcase the unique … Read More

Relationship-based Treatment of Children and Their Parents

An Integrative Guide to Neurobiology, Attachment, Regulation, and Discipline by Elizabeth Sylvester and Kat Scherer Across psychological theories, the relationship between child and parent is acknowledged as a powerful and enduring influence in a child’s emotional life. Here we review and discuss the robust research and accrued theoretical wisdom of our clinical community regarding the parent-child relationship. Children’s abiding developmental … Read More

Immediate interventions for struggling families, integrating four distinct areas of psychology.

Children and families burdened with attachment disruption, emotional distress, or psychological disorders need effective and immediate assistance. They do not have the time to wait for long-term interventions or developmental changes to improve the parent-child relationship. Here, psychologists Elizabeth A. Sylvester and Kat Scherer provide the most effective approach in such situations: interventions that impact the entire family at relational, … Read More

The Matter with Things

Iain McGilchrist “Yes, a key can lie forever in the place where the locksmith left it, and never be used to open the lock the master forged it for.” Ludwig Wittgenstein This book is an attempt to convey a way of looking at the world quite different from the one that has largely dominated the West for at least three … Read More

Who Are We?

We no longer seem to have the faintest idea who we are, what the world is, or how we relate to it. Indeed there is a sense in which we no longer live in a world at all, but exist in a simulacrum of our own making. Whitehead observed that philosophy is of urgent importance because ‘as we think, we live.’ … Read More

IntraConnected: Integrating Identity and Broadening Belonging as MWe

In our next Living Journal, we welcome Dr Daniel J. Siegel MD  as we explore his new book Intraconnected: MWe (Me + We) as the Integration of Self, Identity, and Belonging, forthcoming in November. In this presentation, we’ll examine the notion of “connection” and its correlation with mental health. When we feel disconnected from our inner life, we suffer; when we … Read More

What Is Science?

Last Word Let’s talk about this word “science”. Richard Hill Words are curious things. They are a symbolic artefact that we use to send a representation of what is in our thinking across the “social synapse” to another person or people who, in the miracle of “communication”, are able to share thoughts and ideas. That is amazing! But one of … Read More