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Clinical Issues in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Everyone in Seattle is going through the formal stages of grief. All have some anxiety and some of them are panicking. What are the stages? Elizabeth Kubler-Ross lists them as  Shock and Disbelief: our vibrant city is dead. No traffic. No restaurants or bars or hair salons or schools or colleges are open. No music

By |2020-03-16T17:54:03-07:00March 16th, 2020|0 Comments

Teletherapy in the Time of CoronaVirus

I live in Seattle, ground zero for the Coronavirus in the United States. Today, I had my first request from a client who wanted to have online therapy to avoid the virus. I said, of course and will do her session on Secure Video, a HIPPA-compliant platform for video meetings. I had no hesitation because

By |2020-03-12T16:37:01-07:00March 12th, 2020|0 Comments

Breathing Ooouuuttt to Create Calm

38 years ago, when I did my first meditation retreat with Stephen Levine, we would do long OMs at the start of many other kinds of practice.  Last night, 35 years after my last class, I started another meditation class, this time with Jamal Rahman, a Sufi teacher. With each of the nearly 40 OMs

By |2020-01-07T11:30:59-08:00January 7th, 2020|0 Comments

Online 2-Day Class of Easy Ego State Interventions

Hello, I'm going to be in Massachusetts on June 14 -15 teaching my ego state class. If you want to live-stream it (or show up for it) go to this website to sign up: http://www.markinickerson.com/registration/?action=evregister&event_id=127 Here's the program description: Participants in Easy Ego State Interventions learn how to see clients through the lens of ego

By |2019-05-18T11:42:56-07:00May 18th, 2019|0 Comments

My History with Ego State Therapy

I wrote this as a prologue to the Greek version of Easy Ego State Interventions and realized that it will make a good post: I have been looking through the lenses of ego state therapies since 1981. During that year, my first out of graduate school, I took a course in Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis

By |2019-05-16T10:52:12-07:00May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Problems with Dear Evan Hansen

Last night, I saw Dear Evan Hansen, the musical about an anxious, shame-filled high school senior. The play deals with broken families, suicide, OCD, social anxiety, and attachment. The music and the singing in this touring production was fantastic. I cried several times, and laughed a few. Still I was distressed with some serious problems:

By |2019-01-29T08:50:45-08:00January 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Australian Prime Minister Apologizes to Sexual and Ritual Abuse Survivors!

Here is a link to speech by Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, from 11/25/2018, apologizing for his society's lack of support for and belief of sexual and ritual and institutional abuse survivors. I would like to see every leader of every country make this speech. For the video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zp5IgxPhee4 For the transcript: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/i-believe-you-your-country-believes-you-pm-s-apology-to-child-sex-abuse-survivors

By |2018-12-03T10:34:25-08:00December 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Easy Ego State Intervention Workshops

Dear Readers, Ego state work has been around since before Freud, and in latter years, has been the main stay of many practices. Interventions can range from "How old did you feel when you were yelling at your wife?" to "Let's identify those dissociative states that take over your body." I've been working with this

By |2018-04-16T12:30:12-07:00April 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Grieving the Loss of a Child

A participant in an overseas workshop sent an email request:  "A patient of mine, a woman in her 80's, lo"st her son at the beginning of the year. She already took antidepressant drugs, but at the moment she no longer does. However, she still feels deeply sad. What are your suggestions?" This is what I

By |2017-10-05T06:03:31-07:00October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Volk Decision: Washington State Therapists Now Liable for Violent Acts of Former Clients!

This is from Laura Groshong, the lobbyist of the Washington State Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers. I'm appalled by this decision and that we are now liable for every client we have ever seen! Changes to Practice of Mental Health Clinicians Based on Volk Decision April, 2017 Laura Groshong, LICSW, Mental Health Advocate

By |2017-04-02T19:45:31-07:00April 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

Healing MCS and Graft vs. Host Disease

MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY CASE On Friday and Saturday I gave a workshop about combining EMDR and Ego State Therapy. At the workshop, I did a demonstration with an attendee who was 8 months out from a horrible allergic reaction to crab meat. Since then she's had daily hives, breathing issues, and has had a very

By |2016-09-18T17:47:23-07:00September 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Update and New Workshop

Dear Readers, (It appears that the many links in this post aren't working. You're going to have to drag and drop into your browser if you want to see anything online. Sorry!) It's been a busy year since I've posted anything. I blame Facebook and work in many other areas. Since my last book, Easy Ego State

By |2016-07-30T16:41:21-07:00July 30th, 2016|0 Comments

“Love and Mercy”

I just saw the bio-pic about Brian Wilson's (of the Beach Boys) genius, decline, and fall into the hands of a sociopathic psychiatrist, who became his legal guardian.  It's a good movie and a hard one to watch, especially for a therapist. Wilson is portrayed as a genius by Paul Dano and John Cusack (at

By |2015-07-05T18:33:38-07:00July 5th, 2015|0 Comments

The Science of Inside Out

I'm done with writing books, after finishing Easy Ego State Interventions last week, and going to the movies. Here's my favorite movie this week: Inside Out is a Pixar's delightful film about the inside of 11-year-old Riley's brain. Riley has just been dragged from her beloved Minnesota, house, school, and hockey team by her dad's job change.

By |2015-07-05T18:15:12-07:00July 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Roy Kiessling’s Belief Schema Perspective for EMDR

Roy Kiessling, a prolific EMDR trainer and innovator, has come up with a great idea for EMDR. Instead of coming up with a different negative and positive cognition on the fly, right before processing, find the general negative belief or beliefs that underlie the client's life during the first stages of therapy. During the history-taking

By |2013-10-14T10:05:41-07:00October 14th, 2013|0 Comments

Why I love EMDR!

A friend of mine was home when her house was broken into last night. She got away, and the cops found the guy and arrested him. She posted the whole story on Facebook this morning. This afternoon, she posted this. I have her permission to repost. Please don't mention her name in the comments."Quite a

By |2013-08-22T18:07:44-07:00August 22nd, 2013|2 Comments

Trauma is Curable: My letter to the NYTimes

When I read Mark Epstein's op-ed "The Trauma that Life Brings" in the 8/3/13 New York Times, I had to reply. Epstein, a psychiatrist said that trauma and grief are inevitable and that there's nothing to do about them but wait it out and suffer. I like that he was normalizing both, and I was horrified

By |2013-08-09T20:30:46-07:00August 9th, 2013|0 Comments

Installing the Future

Dissociative people often lack coherent narratives of their pasts (Mary Main & Dan Siegel). I'm finding that they often lack coherent visions of their futures. Today I "installed the future" in a formerly dissociative client, who has given me permission to tell this story.  When "Linda" was 6 weeks old, her mother became gravely ill

By |2013-04-26T18:27:24-07:00April 26th, 2013|0 Comments

A Highly Sensitive Man

Years ago, when I read Elaine Aron's The Highly Sensitive Person, I could recognize the HSP people around me with the innate ability to sense, revel in, or be overwhelmed by their external and internal worlds. These folks (I'm not one) are the best cooks, among the most creative artists in any field, and make

By |2013-03-09T16:09:38-08:00March 9th, 2013|1 Comment

CPT Codes: Professionals Only

"Here's the latest about the CPT codes from NASW. I'm so glad I haven't tried to bill yet: ***ALERT CPT Code Snag***   The use of the new Psychotherapy Codes became effective on January 1, 2013.  However, many Social Workers have encountered problems in being paid under the new codes.  The reason for this is because

By |2013-02-07T20:21:43-08:00February 7th, 2013|1 Comment

Defining Rape and Sexual Assault

I've been working with survivors of rape and sexual assault since I started in the mental health field. Here are my definitions: Rape: The sexual use, involving penile, digital (fingers) or objects on a woman's, man's or child's body without that person's consent, with forced consent (threats) or if that person cannot conset due to

By |2012-08-23T10:38:15-07:00August 23rd, 2012|2 Comments

Psychotherapy Works! And Not Enough People Use It.

According to a meta-analysis of over 50 studies, psychotherapy works better than medication and (Suprise!) has less side effects. Drugs have better promotion and are easier to get, so more people use meds. Read about it here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120809190641.htm

By |2012-08-19T15:44:59-07:00August 19th, 2012|2 Comments

How Not to Get Referrals

Mike Langlois explains "How to Get Taken Seriously as a Mental Health Professional" in a mild rant about the uses and misuses of LinkedIn, etc. at  http://gamertherapist.com/blog/2012/08/08/how-to-get-taken-seriously-as-a-mental-health-professional/ I get a referral a day from my website and many consultees from this blog. I tell other therapists, "If you want any clients under 65 years old,

By |2012-08-09T20:57:07-07:00August 9th, 2012|0 Comments

Stalkers: Classification and Treatment

Stephanie Rhys wrote a helpful article about Stalkers on Robert Muller's fantastic Trauma and Attachment Report blog right here: http://trauma.blog.yorku.ca/2012/06/29/in-the-mind-of-a-stalker/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+trauma-report+%28The+Trauma+and+Attachment+Report%29

By |2012-06-29T20:29:29-07:00June 29th, 2012|0 Comments

Research: CBT FAIL!

Huge study in Sweden finds that CBT often doesn't work on anxiety and depression and can make the problems much worse:  REVOLUTION IN SWEDISH MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE: THE COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY MONOPOLY GIVES WAY Please don't flame me, I'm just reporting the study.

By |2012-06-19T20:40:56-07:00June 19th, 2012|0 Comments

Lessons from a Dying Cat

Lila, our 18-year-old long-haired cat had a message for us all about how to live one's last day, so I let her ghost-write this post. 1. Try to keep a normal schedule.2. Stay hydrated.3. Connect with the people you love.4. Accept help: it's nice to have someone else brush your hair, when you can't do

By |2012-06-02T16:57:45-07:00June 2nd, 2012|1 Comment

Therapeutic Texting with Teenage Clients

I've never been much of a texter, but I have a 13 year-old client with PTSD and a few anxiety disorders for whom texting is an important part of her therapy. Both she and her mother gave me permission to share some texts. Therapist=T. Client=C. Last night: C :-(    T: What's happening?  C: I

By |2012-04-22T13:37:51-07:00April 22nd, 2012|1 Comment