Archive for April, 2010


Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

A man walks into a psychotherapist’s office and says, “How am I?”

Why start out with a dumb joke? To get it out of the way, of course. There are loads of psychotherapist/psychiatrist jokes out there, so there’s one and that’s done. Now I can get down to the business at hand:

Out Of My Mind is a blog by a private practice and consulting psychoanalytic psychotherapist in New York City and for the general community. Some of what you’ll find here is written to and for other clinicians but mostly this is going to be aimed at informing the general public about trends in mental health practice, suggestions for ways to reduce stress or recognize stressful situations and other stuff about how “life issues” affect day-to-day effectiveness. I’ll  also be posting my  opinions about issues such as the state of delivery of mental health services, privacy practices and the situations that arise,  and sometimes just talking about a movie or book that might tie in to mental health issues (believe me, everything ties in to mental health issues, whether most people think so or not.)

I’ll be talking about “the unconscious,” sometimes meaning the people who seem to be, or are, walking around in their sleep.  I’m going to try to keep the clinical jargon to a minimum because I’m not a fan of speaking in code, though sometimes it may be unavoidable.

I do want to be clear at the outset that this is going to be an offering of information and my opinions and, unless stated otherwise, it’s going to be me speaking out of my head. This is not intended to substitute for psychotherapy and is not offered as treatment for any mental health issues except maybe my own need to speak my mind. It also in no way is purported to represent the views of the host for this blog or any of the intermediaries who get these words to you. This is me sharing my thoughts, ideas, and perhaps some useful information to you.