It’s common to hear people make resolutions at the beginning of the year to exercise their bodies more, but what about exercising their brains? Developing critical thinking skills is a way of exercising your brain. It’s not as if this is a new concept, I routinely speak about the importance of critical thinking skills in… Read More


From December 12-17, 2017, the Anaheim (California) Convention Center and the connected Anaheim Hilton and Marriott hotels were overrun with about 7500 psychotherapists from more than 50 countries. They were attending the landmark Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, a major event for therapists last held in 2013. Organized by The Milton H. Erickson Foundation with Foundation… Read More


In the hot-off-the-presses September, 2017, issue of The Atlantic Monthly, psychologist Jean Twenge has an article entitled, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation” describing the rapidly deteriorating mental health of today’s adolescents. She draws on extensive research data to make the connection between the use of technology and the rising rates of anxiety and depression. This… Read More


One of my most esteemed friends and colleagues is psychologist Jody Thomas, Ph.D. of Stanford University. Jody has been an integral part of the pediatric  pain treatment program there  for many years doing excellent clinical work as well as developing  programs to better serve the children she cares so  much  about. Jody is very skilled… Read More


A new study published in the online journal JAMA Psychiatry supports what we’ve known for awhile about treating depression – teaching problem solving skills works! This study supports how it can prevent depression as well in mothers of children in Head Start programs. The idea of preventing depression with problem solving skills is hardly a… Read More


A new study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry just a few days ago contains some alarming data about the rising rate of depression in adolescents in the United States. The study employed data compiled from in-person interviews with more than 100,000 children who participated in the National Survey of Drug Use and Health from… Read More


The American Psychological Association (APA) conducted a poll in January regarding Americans’ feelings about the current political and social climate in the United States. The results will probably not surprise Americans, but our international friends may be at least a little surprised that the stress level in America has escalated so greatly in so short… Read More


One of the toughest challenges of clinical practice, and certainly the most consequential of them for literally being about “life and death,”  is dealing with the potential or actual suicide of a client.  I run case consultation groups for those clinicians who have been through my 100 Hour Training in Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy,… Read More


Late last week (March 30th), the World Health Organization (WHO) released a powerful statement from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, declaring depression “the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.” WHO estimates that more than 300 million people worldwide are now suffering a diagnosable depression. This reflects an increase of more than 18% between… Read More


So often people ask me “Why do you have an elephant logo?” Well, here’s the answer… Many years ago, I was hired as a consultant to the Zoological Society of San Diego, the administrators of the world-famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park (SDWAP). I was told that elephants are a highly… Read More