Saturday, September 29, 2012
... psychology of satanists and satanism ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, osteopath, quezon city, manila, philippines)
mark almajose of korina sanchez' rated k, a tv documentary on abs-cbn, got my take on the psychology of satanists.
in my clinical practice, all sorts of people consult me, and some of them have been self-identified satanists. i am not fazed when they tell me that they are satanists, because my professional mindset is to be non-judgmental and respectful of the religious convictions of people. and thus, i interact with them as i would with any other client. of course, whenever i meet people with "alternative lifestyles" who espouse "non-conventional belief systems," the psychologist in me becomes automatically curious on how they came to be.
so far, the satanists i have met aren't sinister-looking, and neither do they have the stereotyped diabolical laughter which satan is portrayed to have in cartoons and in the movies.
as i listened to their stories, what i find common among them is that they come from troubled families wherein they experienced some degree of emotional, physical, verbal, or sexual abuse from one or both parents. the common emotion that emanates from their stories is anger. and they seem to have a strong inclination towards defiant, impulsive, and sometimes addictive behaviors. it also seems that their choice of religion is founded on rebelliousness and angst, rather than an authentic pursuit of life-giving and life-enhancing spirituality.
like any other person, my satanist clients need to heal from their deep emotional childhood wounds, to 'rise from the ashes' so to speak, and find fresh options for living a more meaningful and joyful life.
Friday, September 28, 2012
... the GREAT Group: Support Group for Friends with Social Anxiety Disorder ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, osteopath, quezon city, manila, philippines)
what inspires me most about the GREAT group is that its members are dedicated to get out of their shells to pursue personal growth and attain their fullest human potential.
established by mother hen chevlenz buena, the GREAT group meets occasionally to make new acquaintances, to deepen existing friendships, to share stories, to give encouragement to one another, to learn new ways of coping with stress and anxiety, and to have fun.
one of the rewards of the support group meetings is the camaraderie built through the growth activities. to pixie, tonton, blessie, mimi, and giselle, til we meet again, God bless us all! :D
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Yahoo! Answers: What is the contribution of Dr. Randy Dellosa to Philippine psychology and psychiatry? (life coach, counselor, psychothrapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, osteopath, quezon city, manila, philippines)
As I was Googling myself (and I suppose many of you Google yourselves, too :D), I found these items on the net. Thanks Barack for your interest in my work. I guess, the questions are for your school work. And my deep gratitude goes to Matu for answering Barack's questions. My guess is that you're also a psychologist from the way you answered the questions. Anyway Matu, I hope to meet you some day. Your answers are too good so i decided to post them on my blog just in case Yahoo! Answers takes them down.
... gestalt therapy growth group: sunog! sunog! ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, osteopath, quezon city, manila, philippines)
love nagpala and ronald miranda, both doctors-to-be from the u.p. college of medicine, dropped by for an experience of gestalt therapy.
the theme that emerged from today's growth activity was on "self-nurture and self-care." many of the roles we play in life require us to take care of other people. however, in putting the need of others ahead of ours, we place ourselves at the risk of burning out.
what comes to my mind is this verse in the bible which says, "love others as you love yourself." it is a verse that implies self-love as a pre-requisite for loving others. we simply cannot give what we do not have. and we cannot fully give what we ourselves are deficient in.
just to put this "preaching" into practice, ronald and i decided to do cranio-sacral therapy on love nagpala, whose stream has run a little dry from helping others. notice her delight as she gets recharged! :D
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
... christian zen meditation as psychotherapy for the monkey mind ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist psychiatrist, osteopath, quezon city, manila, philippines)
a "monkey mind" is a mind that restlessly swings from one thought to another, from one concern to another, from one worry to another. by joining a 3-day zen meditation retreat, i gave my "monkey mind" a well-deserved opportunity to rest.
Sr. Sonia Punzalan, describes a Christian zen retreat as "an invitation to a prayerful path
through alertness in solitude. It is a time of seeing our Belovedness before God, and a
time to develop an attitude of mindful living that heals and relaxes."
Sr. Sonia Punzalan, Zen Roshi and Catholic Cenacle Sister
facilitated the 3-day Zen Meditation retreat.
a zen retreat consists of 20-minute periods of sitting meditation, alternated with 5-minute periods of walking meditation. there is no talking during the retreat as strict silence is observed.
zen master taisen deshimaru roshi says this of zen: "True Zen consists of sitting quietly in the correct posture. It is not a special state, it is the normal state: silent, peaceful, without agitation. Zen means to put the mind at rest and to concentrate the mind and body. In zazen (sitting meditation), there is no purpose, no seeking to gain something, no special effort or imagination. It is not knowledge to be grasped by the brain. It is solely a practice, a practice which is a gate to peace and freedom."
here are some zen stories for you:
A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together.
At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her. The senior monk carried this woman on his shoulder, crossed the river, and let her down on the other bank.
The junior monk was very upset, but said nothing. They were both walking when the senior monk noticed that the junior monk was silent. He asked, "Is something the matter? You seem upset."
The junior monk replied, "As monks, we are not permitted to interact with women. How could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?"
The senior monk replied, "I left the woman a long time ago at the bank. However, you seem to be carrying her still."
The Other Side
One day, a young monk on his journey home came to the banks of a wide river. Staring hopelessly at the great obstacle in front of him, he pondered for hours on just how to cross such a wide barrier. Just as he was about to give up his pursuit to continue his journey he saw the senior monk, his teacher, on the other side of the river.
The young monk yells over to the teacher, “Teacher, can you tell me how to get to the other side of this river”?
... Major Depression Treatment Therapy Mood Clinic in the Philippines (life coach, counseling, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, quezon city, manila)
Kimberly Go and Nino Manalo of Solar News Talk TV passed by my clinic for an interview on depression.
Major depression, also known as clinical depression, is a mood problem caused by a serotonin imbalance in the brain. Since serotonin imbalance is the culprit for major depression, it follows that the condition should be treated with serotonin balancers. These serotonin balancers are what we call anti-depressants.
Taking anti-depressants is the fastest way to get rid of the depression. While all anti-depressants are clinically researched to be effective, it is important to find the anti-depressant which matches your body system. In order to know which anti-depressant best suits you, I have two criteria that must be met: First of all, there should be no side effects. And secondly, you should feel significant improvement within 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately, the only way to know whether you've found the right anti-depressant for you is through trial and error.
In the internet forums, a lot of people bash anti-depressants for their side-effects. My question for these bashers is, why in the first place would you continue taking an anti-depressant that makes you feel worse? If the anti-depressant has side-effects or makes you feel more depressed, or if you've been taking it for more than month and you're still depressed, then it only makes sense to stop taking that anti-depressant and try another one.
Oh and by the way, it is unfair to bash or heap accolades on a particular anti-depressant because the choice of anti-depressant for each person is very individualized. The anti-depressant that best suits you may be the worst anti-depressant for another person, and vice versa. Like they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure.
Best thing to do is find a shrink who you can collaborate with in finding the right medication, because once you've found the right medication and taken the right dosage, then you should be back to your old happy self within 2-3 weeks. Yes, recovery from major depression is generally that quick!
Hhmm, this is a pretty depressed kitty cat, don't you think? It looks like it needs a lot of tender loving care!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
... gestalt therapy growth group activity: puno na punong-puno ng snakes ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist , quezon city, manila, philippines)
after a long while, i facilitated a gestalt growth group activity for some wonderful students from the u.p. college of medicine students- hadi mahammad-isa, sheryl manalili, kris mangunay, patricia nacienceno, and christine olivar.
but then, at the dead end of the road i'm treading, I come face to face with this "tree full of snakes," and this time, there is no recourse but for me to confront what I've evaded and feared for so long.
Monday, September 3, 2012
... craniosacral therapy (cst) in the philippines ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, osteopath, quezon city, manila)
Today is a special day for me, having graduated from Jim Green's Craniosacral Therapy (CST) Practical Integration Course.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle touch therapy, developed by osteopathic physician John Upledger. CST uses very soft touch which weighs less than the 2004 edition of the Philippine peso (5.35 grams). What CST does is to improve the functioning of the central nervous system- by releasing any restrictions which impede the smooth flow of cerebrospinal fluid protecting your brain and spinal cord.
CST stimulates the body’s natural healing ability and is good for a wide range of medical and psychiatric conditions, such as:
* Migraine headaches
* Chronic neck and back pain
* Central nervous system disorders
* Learning Disabilities
* Emotional Difficulties
* Anxiety and Panic Attacks
* Stress and Tension-related Problems
* Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Jim Green and me. It was an honor to be taught by
the Albert Einstein of Craniosacral Therapy.
We had the privilege of being taught by Mr. Jim Green who provided us with such high quality instruction and supervision. Even before the Upledger Institute was established, Jim Green was already receiving training and supervision directly from Dr. John Upledger himself. In fact, Jim was the first CST practitioner to become certified by Dr. Upledger in techniques level certification. In the 1990s, Jim taught more CST classes than Dr. Upledger did. He not only had the enviable pleasure of working at the clinic alongside Dr. Upledger, but Jim and Dr. Upledger would trade CST sessions on each other on a regular basis. These days, Jim Green with his wife Regina travels all over Europe, America, and Asia teaching CST.
My classmates and I rewarded Jim Green with the healthiest
of Pinoy food: bulalo, chicharon, sisig, etc. Next time he comes
back, we'll force feed him on a diet of IUD, betamax, adidas,
helmet, walkman, tokneneng, and kwek-kwek.
Thank you Jim for your generosity in sharing with us what you know, and for wanting us to become the best CST practitioners possible.