Although I had a ten-year career as a therapist, I have long been and still am a radical believer in self-therapy – because it’s worked wonders in my life and I’ve seen the same in others. It’s also a lot cheaper than going to a therapist – though it often requires a huge amount of self-motivation, self-confidence, and self-guidance.
In this self-therapy section, where I share both short and longer essays, I address such subjects as grief, ways to speed up the healing and maturity path, the pain inherent in growth, confrontation of parents, and dream analysis.
I also offer some critical essays in this section, because I’m not a proponent of all forms of self-help. For instance, I’m very critical of self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon, even though I recognize that at certain points in people’s lives even they can be helpful. (For instance, I went to Al-Anon for a good while and it really helped me, until I outgrew it in a big way and needed to move on — and then realized how cultish it could be.)
In this section I also offer an in-depth critique of Elnora Van Winkle, the creator of Redirecting Self Therapy, because members of my website’s past bulletin board were interested in her work and asked me to study it.
Shorter Essays on Self-Therapy
- Does Growth Have to Be Painful?
- Grieving the Ultimate Loss: Your Imperfect Parents
- Passion: The Fuel for the Journey
- The Risks of Emotional Healing
- Confronting Parents: Value and Risk
- Fear: A Byproduct of Moving Forward
- The Power of Honesty
- Self-Doubt: Your Parents Still Live in Your Head
- Alcoholics Anonymous: Its Value and Danger
- Eighteen Ways to Speed Up the Path to Enlightenment
- Grief Opens the Door to Healing
Longer Essays on Self-Therapy
- Ten Ways to Be Your Own Therapist
- The Value of Dream Analysis
- Self-Therapy Without Dreamwork Is Folly
- The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous: A Translation into Reality