Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Posted by Lycia Alexander-Guerra, M.D. at 10:09 AM
Friday, October 14, 2016
Dylan, who boasts over 60 albums, was awarded the Prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” An American has not won the Nobel Prize for Literature since 1993 (Toni Morrison). This honor was added to his induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and his Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Therapists know the necessity of not relying wholly on the narrative, the explicit, the spoken word. Dylan, too, understood something about words, “Words have their own meanings or they have different meanings. And then all words change their meanings.” (Scorsese, 2005, No Direction Home). He influenced countless musicians, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and U2.
A personal note: A fan of his music since I was 8 years old, perhaps Dylan made us feel revolutionary, for even my civil rights demonstrating mother, more of a Bizet fan, upon hearing Bob Dylan on the stereo record player, said, only somewhat disparagingly, “He lows like a cow.”
Posted by Lycia Alexander-Guerra, M.D. at 8:10 AM
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Posted by Lycia Alexander-Guerra, M.D. at 3:13 PM
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Posted by Lycia Alexander-Guerra, M.D. at 6:53 AM
Thursday, October 6, 2016
group process at TBIPS has been challenging, for now I must treat many
individual members as a single whole. In part, this means that each member of
the group can be viewed as if a different self-state of the whole. The group therapist, when he or she speaks,
strives to address the group process and not any one individual member of the
group. Still, it is tempting to do sequential individual therapy with varying
individuals, especially if the therapist is more experienced in individual
therapy. Also difficult is to remember that each member’s comments can speak to
what the whole group might be feeling, a feeling of which the group, and each
individual in the group, may be unaware and possibly projecting onto the member
who speaks what others cannot say.
The group therapist is called upon to make her or his comments addressed to the group as a whole instead of having an individual session with one member in front of all the others members. Just as individual therapy includes not only understanding (insight, cognition left brain) but also the building of a relationship between the two members of the dyad, so group therapy includes the building of a group. A sense of belonging to the group can offer the much needed ‘twinship’ experience.
Posted by Lycia Alexander-Guerra, M.D. at 12:29 PM