Therapy, Spirituality, and Mysticism

Therapy, Spirituality, and Mysticism

Read Part 2 Here https://gettherapybirmingham.com/mysticism-spirituality-and-therapy-part-2/ In the medieval period it was common to take pilgrimages to the holy land from mainland Europe. The trip was an opportunity to face one’s fears and learn to know the deepest parts of self. The trip was long and dangerous. The terrain and culture were different from anything that pilgrims had seen back home. Along the way the pilgrims prayed, fasted and sought inner peace to prepare to be close to God. The pilgrimage to...

What Happens to the Eye During a Brainspotting Therapy Session?

What Happens to the Eye During a Brainspotting Therapy Session?

Brainspotting is a revolutionary new therapy for trauma and PTSD. We use many modalities of therapy at Taproot Therapy Collective, but brainspotting is one of the most effective treatments for PTSD and lowering anxiety that I've ever found. when doing brain spotting the therapist looks for a position where your eye blinks and dilates. Many patients wonder what their eye looks like so I created this video to show you what I'm seeing when I do brain spotting on a patient. The eye you see in the video is my own eye...

Unraveling Tim Leary’s Groundbreaking Personality Typology System

Unraveling Tim Leary’s Groundbreaking Personality Typology System

Leary's Forgotten Theory of Personality Timothy Leary, a brilliant psychologist, and controversial figure, left an indelible mark on the field of personality psychology. Born in 1920, Leary's life was a tapestry of academic pursuits, unorthodox experiments, and public scandals that often overshadowed his significant contributions to the understanding of the human psyche. Despite his notoriety for his involvement with psychedelic drugs, his work as a CIA informant, and his dramatic prison escape, Leary's...

The Hero’s Journey in Psychotherapy

The Hero’s Journey in Psychotherapy

Confronting the Shadow of Mental Health Challenges The hero's journey is a powerful narrative structure that has shaped storytelling across cultures and throughout history. First articulated by mythologist Joseph Campbell, the hero's journey follows a protagonist's transformative quest to overcome challenges and emerge victorious. This archetypal story arc has profoundly influenced literature, film, and even the practice of psychotherapy, providing a framework for understanding personal growth and the...

Exploring the Psychology of Songwriting with Jefrey Siler

Exploring the Psychology of Songwriting with Jefrey Siler

https://youtu.be/k9hmTuIo1h8 Interview with Jefrey Siler: In a captivating interview on our psychotherapy podcast, singer-songwriter Jefrey Siler gave us a deep dive into his creative process and the psychological underpinnings that shape his music. Siler, whose latest album "Jefininetly" is a testament to his introspective and honest approach, opened up about the importance of vulnerability, authenticity, and staying true to oneself as an artist. One of the central themes that emerged from our conversation was...

Embracing Therapeutic Failures as Opportunities for Growth

Embracing Therapeutic Failures as Opportunities for Growth

An Integrative Psychotherapy Perspective As integrative psychotherapists, we are constantly striving to create meaningful connections with our clients and facilitate positive change in their lives. However, despite our best efforts, there are times when our attempts to connect or promote growth seem to fall short. It's natural to view these moments as failures, but what if we could reframe them as valuable opportunities for learning and self-correction? By adopting a perspective similar to Jean Piaget's...

Exploring Peter Sloterdijk’s  Anthropotechnics and Its Relevance for Psychology

Exploring Peter Sloterdijk’s Anthropotechnics and Its Relevance for Psychology

Who is Peter Sloterdijk Peter Sloterdijk (born 1947) is a prominent German philosopher, cultural theorist, and public intellectual known for his innovative and provocative ideas on a wide range of topics, from globalization and religion to art and technology. His work, which encompasses numerous books, essays, and media appearances, has had a significant impact on contemporary philosophical discourse, particularly in Europe. Sloterdijk's thought is characterized by its interdisciplinary scope, its engagement with...

The Psychology of Foucault

The Psychology of Foucault

Foucault's Ideas for Understanding Power, Discourse and the Self Who was Michel Foucault Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the 20th century. As a philosopher, social theorist, and historian of ideas, Foucault made groundbreaking contributions to a wide range of disciplines, from criminology and psychiatry to literary theory and the history of sexuality. His works, which include books like Madness and Civilization, Discipline and Punish, and The History of...

Healing the Modern Soul Part 3

Healing the Modern Soul Part 3

Suffering Without Screaming In the first part of this series, we explored the concept of the modern world as a simulacrum, a copy without an original, and how this phenomenon is related to the increasing emphasis on hyper-rationality and objectivity in our culture. We also discussed how the work of philosophers and psychologists, as observed by Friedrich Nietzsche, can reveal their own fears and insecurities through their insistence on perfect logic and objectivity. In the second part of the series we discussed...

Martin Buber

Martin Buber

Who was Martin Buber Martin Buber (1878-1965) was an Austrian-born Israeli philosopher, theologian, and writer whose ideas have had a significant impact on various fields, including psychotherapy. Buber's philosophy, particularly his concept of dialogue and the I-Thou relationship, has been influential in shaping the humanistic and existential approaches to psychotherapy. Buber's Concept of Dialogue and the I-Thou Relationship At the core of Buber's philosophy is the idea of dialogue, which he saw as the...

Healing The Modern Soul Part 2:

Healing The Modern Soul Part 2:

The Philosophy of Psychotherapy The Corporatization of Healthcare and Academia: A Threat to the Future of Psychotherapy The field of psychotherapy is at a critical juncture, facing numerous challenges that threaten its ability to effectively address the complex realities of the human experience. Chief among these challenges is the growing influence of corporate interests and the trend towards hyper-specialization in academic psychology, which have led to a disconnect between the profession and its roots, as well...

The Lens of Dead Genres: Insights into Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology

The Lens of Dead Genres: Insights into Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology

  'The Drunken Driver Has The Right of Way' by Ethan Coen The loudest have the final say, The wanton win, the rash hold sway, The realist’s rules of order say The drunken driver has the right of way. The Kubla Khan can butt in line; The biggest brute can take what’s mine; When heavyweights break wind, that’s fine; No matter what a judge might say, The drunken driver has the right of way. The guiltiest feel free of guilt; Who care not, bloom; who worry, wilt; Plans better laid are rarely built For forethought...