Reflections on Mark Epstein’s book, “The Trauma of Everyday Life”


by Nicole Arkin, LMFT

Ever since training at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley CA, I have been drawn to Dr. Mark Epstein’s unique perspective on the interface between psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy and Buddhism. His books Thoughts Without a Thinker (1995) and Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart (1998), reflecting his pursuit of both […]

The Necessity of Self Compassion in the Therapeutic Process

By Nicole Arkin, LMFT

Lately, I have found myself thinking a lot more about compassion and particularly the role of compassion in the therapeutic process. In some ways it may seem quite obvious that compassion is central and essential to the therapeutic process. However, it has been coming to my attention how much many of […]

The Necessity

Alice B. Fogel

It isn’t true about the lambs. They are not meek. They are curious and wild, full of the passion of spring. They are lovable, and they are not silent when hungry.

Tonight the last of the triplet lambs is piercing the quiet with its need. Its siblings are stronger and will not […]

The Guest House

by Rumi

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He […]


by W. S. Merwin

with the night falling we are saying thank you we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings we are running out of the glass rooms with our mouths full of food to look at the sky and say thank you we are standing by the water thanking it […]