GIFT TO A PSYCHOTHERAPIST
If our values are personal measurements of our various accomplishments, then self-worth represents the sense of accumulating such personal values. Generally speaking the value system of a person in therapy can be out of balance, and then the work of therapy will focus on restoring self-worth to its healthy position. Our human need for bonding versus a lack of security and inconsistency in forming healthy attachment makes distinction between mature self-reliance and pathological dependency. The process of psychotherapy facilitates repeated good and stable experiences over time, in order to build an independent sense of self that is good enough and will not represent pathological symptoms. Dr. Sadigh and his valuable guest, Dr. Stan Friedman, will elaborate on how the relationship between a psychotherapist and a client can be viewed as a reciprocal system. The therapeutic relationship accumulates values for both, while often times the value received by the therapist is well beyond the financial agreement and goes unnoticed. About my Guest: Dr. Friedman received his Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley and his early training was under some of his most prominent mentors including Rollo May , Bruno Bettelheim, and Tom Ogden.
His interest in "Interpersonal Neurobiology." examines the way in which human relationships affect the brain, mind and body. While Dr. Friedman has many years of clinical and teaching experience, he views himself as a continuous student in this exciting and ever evolving field. He was responsible for running the Continuing Education Program for the San Mateo County Psychological Association for the past decade. Some of the programs he has arranged included such prominent speakers such as Drs. Irv Yalom , Deborah Tannen and Glen Gabbard.
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