Monthly Archives: April 2012

Two Hearts on Whole Wheat


A year ago I met Richard Gottlieb at the Empathic Therapy Conference.  Dick is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and a really nice guy.  In Hindu terms, he has risen to the level of sattva, i.e., calm goodness.  … Continue reading

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“All we have to offer . . .”


THE EFFECTS OF MEDICATING OR NOT MEDICATING ON THE TREATMENT PROCESS Bertram P. Karon, Ph.D. Michigan State University and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council As Johanna Tabin (2003) pointed out, medicating or not medicating has meanings for psychoanalysts and patients, including transferences and countertransferences. Helpful are … Continue reading

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SURVIVING PSYCHIATRY: A User’s Manual


SURVIVING PSYCHIATRY:  A User’s Manual by Anne C Woodlen This 60-page collection of 23 essays recently sold out at Dr. Peter Breggin’s Empathic Therapy Conference and now is available for sale to you. “The great jazz bassist Ron Carter once … Continue reading

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Life-Saving at the Empathic Therapy Conference


Before the “Treating the Psychiatrically Maltreated” workshop at the Empathic Therapy Conference, a young man approached me, hand outstretched.  He was slender, had long dark hair, and was wearing a black shirt and dark pants.  He thanked me for saving his … Continue reading

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Participant’s POV: Empathic Therapy Conference


Hello Anne, Thanks for your reply, these conversations are so important and I am so happy to have met you and Dick—the dynamic between the two of you makes me smile. I love his style (and I love your fierceness!)—in … Continue reading

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Empathic Therapy Conference: Treat with Kindness, not Chemicals


If you attended the Empathic Therapy Conference, please contact me at psychsurvivor@yahoo.com. On Sunday morning at the Empathic Therapy Conference, feeling pretty sick as result of the damage I suffered from psychiatric medications, I pulled on minimal clothing and struggled … Continue reading

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Dr. Peter Breggin’s Empathic Therapy Conference 2012


One of the greatest things in the world is coming home.  I come through the front door, crawl into my jammies, pour a big glass of my usual iced tea and sink into bed.  The hotel where the Empathic Conference … Continue reading

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