August 2, 2010 |
It's 1 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon, and Heidi Kling is reading in an all-white room. She's shoeless, but socks protect her feet from the 6 inches of salt that cake the floor. The only objects in the windowless room are four chaise longues and hand-molded plaster icicles that hang from the ceiling. If there were a Yeti in the room, you would swear you were on the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Normally, Kling would be at work or running errands, but today her allergies, which cause her ears to ring, have brought her to this monochrome sanctuary.
September 4, 2012
Re "Therapy that isn't," Opinion, Aug. 27 Let me add my voice in support of Lara Embry, a psychologist who rightly excoriates "conversion therapy" to change someone's sexual orientation. Such conversion therapies are harmful and without credibility or professional support, and we shouldn't be surprised that our society would take measures to make them illegal. The belief of the immorality of gay or lesbian behavior is purely religious. Until my retirement, I professionally engaged in supervising psychotherapists as a licensed clinical social worker and as a psychologist.
March 27, 2014
Re “Finding healing in music,” Column, March 22 Music as a tool to help children cope with feelings of grief and pain has been shown to be an effective intervention; in fact, even lighthearted group drumming sessions can be of positive benefit. Incorporating sensory integrative activities, such as music, help break down barriers posed by the feelings of fear, frustration, desperation and helplessness that children face when dealing with the loss of a loved one. I underscore Arvis Jones' music therapy methodology as part of a psychosocial grief management recovery process for traumatized children.
May 15, 2011 |
The group therapy session at Afghanistan's flagship mental health hospital began, as many do, with sharing. Foruzan, 28, a slight woman in a black and silver head scarf, told the psychologist she was possessed by an evil spirit, or jinn. She sought help at a shrine, she said, and thought she was healed. But then the heartburn returned. Beside her, Parvin, 20, a rosy-cheeked student, who like other patients at the hospital asked that only her first name be used, said she suffers intense headaches and needs medication to think clearly at school.
May 17, 2012
Gay conversion "therapy" is ineffective and harmful, The Times acknowledges in a May 11 editorial . Still, the editorial board opposes a bill in the state Senate to protect Californians from this dangerous practice. I was a gay teenager in a deeply fundamentalist Christian household, desperate to escape what I was taught was the shame and sin of my sexual orientation. A psychotherapist promised me and my parents that he could make me straight if I tried hard enough. I latched onto that hope, envisioning a new life in which I could be saved by God and accepted by my family. But that hope turned to despair -- deep despair that lasted for years -- when I realized I could not change who I was. My experience deepened my depression, shame and feelings of isolation, rejection and failure.
December 29, 2010
The picture says it all. Taken by Times photographer Rick Loomis, it neatly sums up the dysfunction of California's prison system. In the photograph, two mentally ill inmates in the Vacaville prison sit in metal cages the size of phone booths for what is supposed to be a group therapy session; a psychologist, seated several feet away and wearing a sport coat over body armor, plays an acoustic guitar and attempts to build trust by leading them in a...