Gary Bloom

March 29, 2021

Counselors and Integrity

“The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.” —Jean Giraudoux Counseling is one of those professions where the difficulty of the work is inversely proportional to its prestige and pay. Working with the worried well, as they are satirically called, using insight-oriented therapy is the world of private...
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March 29, 2021

Evidenced Based Practice

(This is an excerpt from a book I wrote on how to have career in the mental health field. I unpublished it because it would need to be revised to stay current.) Evidenced-Based Practice “Is advertising a psychotherapy as ‘evidence supported,’ any less vacuous than ”Pepsi’s the one“?” —James Coyne, PhD The inspiration for evidenced-base...
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March 22, 2021

Psychologists

"None of you understand. I’m not locked up in here with YOU. You’re locked up in here with ME.” —Rorschach from Watchmen Can a psychologist read your mind? Some people used to think so. I’ve been in close quarters with a few psychologists in my time, and they weren’t reading minds. Like the rest of us, they were reading Facebook. The s...
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March 22, 2021

History of Marriage and Family Therapists

In my early post-college years (the 70s), the most common precursor for the break-up of the marriage of one of my friends or acquaintances was that one or both members of the couple entered individual psychotherapy. “Personal growth” rather than stable relationships was all the rage in that era, especially for those on the path to prac...
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March 22, 2021

The psychotherapy of Doc Martin, by Dr. Rachel Timoney

(This is a form of fan fiction, intended solely for educational purposes, that combines events from the Doc Martin TV show, Season 7, with stuff I make up.) Dr. Rachel Timoney was looking forward to her first session with the eminent Dr. Martin Ellingham. She didn’t know much about him, other than he was rumored to have abruptly resign...
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March 9, 2021

We Both Wrote Everything

How do you learn something new about your life mate* after being together for decades? Undertake a big project together, for example, write a book. In our case,How to Be a Care Consultant and Care Manager: Working With Elders and Their Families With Compassion and Respect. Most of our collaboration did not yield a whole lot of learning...
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March 9, 2021

Privacy on the Internet — an essential habit of democracy

There’s an old joke: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not all after you.” In these times of widespread surveillance, you don’t have to be paranoid to believe they’re all after you. As usual, I do the research to satisfy my own needs and curiosity. I do the essays to pass that information on to family, friends, and who...
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