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Lunch and Learn with Music Therapist, Joshua Pearl

Lunch and Learn with Music Therapist, Joshua Pearl

June 14th, 2019
Lunch and Learn with Music Therapist, Joshua Pearl

On Friday June 14th, we had the pleasure of participating in certified music therapist, Joshua Pearl’s presentation. A professional musician by training, Joshua Pearl decided to become a certified music therapist after a health diagnosis compelled him to support others through a medium that has had great impact on him.

At the beginning of the presentation, Joshua had us go around to speak briefly about what music meant for us. Strikingly, the answers were both extremely different and oftentimes overlapping. We spoke of the power of music in our lives to access and process emotions, to get into and out of our bodies. Answers ranged from music representing various times in our lives, to representing relationships we’ve had. Music has been the precipice for transcendence, for spiritual experiences, a means of personal expression […]

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Lunch and Learn with Sasha Strong

Lunch and Learn with Sasha Strong

On April 12th, Sasha Strong presented their presentation on “Contemplative Psychotherapy”: Clinician Mindfulness and the Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Therapeutic Change”. Sasha is an LPC intern and PHD candidate, and currently practicing in Portland, Oregon.

The presentation consisted of a captivating combination of didactic and experiential learning. Sasha led the group, firstly, through an exploration of the connections between Contemplative Psychotherapy (CP) and Carl Rogers’ famous view of necessary and sufficient conditions for therapeutic change. Contemplative Therapy is a modality that incorporates Buddhist Psychology and secular contemplative practice into a training modality. Specifically, CP focuses on clinician mindfulness and incorporates meditation into clinical practice. Sasha also connected Carl Rogers’ necessary and sufficient conditions—which consist of the belief that therapeutic change, as opposed to any treatment plan, must necessarily embody congruency, empathy, and unconditional positive regard on the part of the therapist toward the […]

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Who Am I and Why Am I Here? Understanding the Existential-Humanistic Perspective

Who Am I and Why Am I Here?
Understanding the Existential-Humanistic Perspective

by Bob Edelstein, EHNW President

Originally published in Psychology Today, Jul 28, 2017

I’m often asked what is the Existential-Humanistic perspective. Simply put, it comes from the root words of ‘exist’ and ‘human’. ‘Existential’ is an exploration of our existence and ‘Humanistic’ is an exploration of what it means for each of us to be human.

The bottom line is that we exist – we are alive. The challenge of our lives is how do we choose to live our existence and how do we make meaning of our unique, individual journeys.

Here are some essential concepts that describe the perspective:

We stay open to the flow of life, its process and its content. Yet, within this openness, we take stands. We are an active participant in our life’s events. We live in the paradox that nothing is for certain. […]

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