If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. 

If you do not bring forth what is within you,

what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

 

~Attributed to Jesus in The Gospel Of Thomas

 

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The greatest sin is to be unconscious.

 

~Carl Jung

 

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Life—that is: continually shedding something that wants to die.

 

~Friedrich Nietzsche

 

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Adults need to have fun so that children will want to grow up.

 

~E. Bauermeister

 

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Every flower has to go through a lot of dirt.

 

~Lauren Bond

 

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Man always dies before he is fully born.

 

~Erich Fromm

 

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The important thing is this:

to be able at any given moment to sacrifice what we are

for what we could become.

 

~Charles Dubois

 

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If we can possibly use anything we hear against ourselves, we usually do.  

 

~Pema Chodron

 

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The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats

nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts:

to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, "I was wrong".

 

~Sidney J. Harris

 

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Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.

 

~Charles Bukowski

 

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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

 

~Carl Rogers

 

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It takes repeatedly having one’s life thrust into zones of annihilation

to discover what is imperishable and invincible within one.

 

~Karlfried Durkheim

 

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Life must go on; I forget just why.

 

-- Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

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Don’t just do something -- stand there!

 

~Attributed to various zen masters in various situations

 

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The mind says everything, and knows nothing;

the heart says nothing, and knows everything.

 

~Unknown (at least unknown to ME...)

 

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As you may have noticed, "things are different now."

 

The advent of COVID-19 has pretty much required that psychotherapeutic encounters take place in the realm of remote digital communication -- at least for now.

Although I first assumed this would significantly weaken the power of the psychotherapeutic encounter in general, I have been happily surprised to discover that there are both disadvantages AND advantages to this medium of communication and connection.

Given a sane choice, I would much prefer to meet in person.  However, for the time being, my assessment of the downside risk of possible infection renders meeting in person highly undesirable, if not downright unethical (for one thing, my wife and office partner has a compromised immune system, which makes it out of the question for me to risk becoming a carrier).

We can utilize the platform of your choice (Skype, FaceTime, zoom -- or my HIPAA compliant web portal).  

 

I will make some suggestions about how to maximize our sense of connectedness with some simple adjustments...

© 2020 by Tony Rooney, Ph.D.