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Four Steps, Plus One

18 Apr

Several of my blogs now have been singing the praises of Gabor Maté’s “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts.” This blog is an unabashed summary of his chapter entitled, “The Four Steps, Plus One.” Maté adapts Jeffrey Schwartz’s “Four-Step Self Treatment Model” which was developed to overcome compulsions (such as hand-washing) that are part of […]


18 Mar

Gladys sits expressionless, locked in her Alzeimer’s world of little memory and human disconnection. She has become virtually nonverbal. Naomi, the therapist, draws close to her, speaks gently, sings songs from Gladys’s childhood and as Gladys begins to tap out the beat of the song with her hand, Naomi matches her tempo to Gladys’ rhythm. […]