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A Diagnostic Continuum: Disorder, Pattern, and Style

Dear Colleagues: I have just successfully finished a Zoom Seminar on Early Affect Confusion: Relational Psychotherapy for the Borderline Client. One of the questions must ask was for me to clarify the distinction between a Borderline Disorder, Pattern, and Style. Here is what I have been writing the past couple of days. I

By |2020-10-20T22:06:27+00:00October 20th, 2020|Announcements, Clinical Forum|3 Comments


I am currently working on a short online presentation that I will provide for a feminist association who accepted my proposal of talking about how shame interferes in the helping relationship when professionals are dealing with gender violence victims.
I have been reflecting a lot on how shame becomes such a crucial issue for

By |2020-09-30T09:09:35+00:00September 29th, 2020|Clinical Forum|4 Comments

Development of Relational Needs Satisfaction Scale

Dear colleagues,

I am happy to anounce that our first article on Relational needs satisfaction scale is finally published in high impact journal Frontiers in Psychology. I hope that the article will contribute to continuing research on relational needs and Erskine’s approach to integrative psychotherapy.

You can find the article here:

Warm regards,

By |2020-06-13T21:45:19+00:00June 13th, 2020|Announcements, Clinical Forum|6 Comments


Dear Colleagues from Around-the-World:

I have been emotionally disturbed this past week by the display of racism and police brutality in the USA. The conflicts in most American cities brought vivid memories of 1967 & 1968 when I was involved in the civil rights movement and faced racist police who did all they could

By |2020-06-04T23:20:26+00:00June 4th, 2020|Clinical Forum|1 Comment

Presence… An essential element of Relationship

I was involved in a dialogue today about my idea of Presence.
When I use the term "Presence" I am referring to the intense internal awareness of the psychotherapist with his or her own body sensations, affect, thought processes, desires and dislikes; these constitute an acute awareness of Self.

Simultaneously, presence involves a moment-by-moment non-judgemental

By |2020-06-03T00:26:10+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Clinical Forum|1 Comment

Conclusion to Compassion, Hope and Forgiveness

Compassion, hope, and forgiveness are central in a relationally-focused, integrative psychotherapy. These three areas of therapeutic involvement are frequently in my mind attention when I am carefully listening to my client’s narrative. I am continually monitoring my expressions of empathy and desire to be compassionate so that I am affectively attuned to the

By |2019-12-19T13:53:09+00:00December 18th, 2019|Clinical Forum|0 Comments