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Breath and Spirit

Breath and Spirit

In practicing yoga, we are always reminded to concentrate on our breath while we are performing asanas. I have studied meditative traditions linked to the world’s great religions, and most of them include ‘breathwork’ as part of the discipline. Why the focus on breathing as a necessary component of contemplative traditions? In Western religion, the […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread: Samadhi and Levels of Consciousness

The Silver Thread: Samadhi and Levels of Consciousness

Samadhi refers to a non-dualistic state of consciousness. This contrasts with our ordinary states of mind which are fundamentally dualistic. Dualism is inherent in ordinary consciousness. Yoga philosophy recognizes three basic states of mind. The “lowest”, most basic is the gross level. This refers to our ordinary state of consciousness. In this state we recognize […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread – Feelings, not Thoughts: The New Mindfulness

The Silver Thread –  Feelings, not Thoughts:  The New Mindfulness

In my last column, I spoke of the origins of psychotherapy under Sigmund Freud, and its almost exclusive dependence on cognitive processes such as insight. Subsequently, most other forms of therapy were Neo-Freudian in that they utilized different conceptual models but still relied on cognitive means as curative. In 1953 a University of Chicago professor, […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread: A Buddhist Perspective on Addiction

The Silver Thread:  A Buddhist Perspective on Addiction

Addictions are a manifestation of the afflictive emotion of ‘craving’. Craving is the natural human tendency to want a life more pleasurable than the one we have. Craving occurs when this desire turns into fixation. Western psychology views this craving tendency as a symptom of pathology. In the lexicon of symptoms the most common manifestations […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Beginnings of Psychotherapy

The Beginnings of Psychotherapy

Traditional psychotherapy began with the insights of Sigmund Freud. Freud began his therapeutic career by treating women suffering from conversion Hysteria. Conversion Hysteria is a condition wherein women “convert” psychological trauma into physical problems such as a paralysis. A woman referred to as “Anna O”, was the first case documented by Freud’s mentor, Josef Breuer. […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread: Drugs, and the Escape from Suffering

The Silver Thread: Drugs, and the Escape from Suffering

I began my career as a psychologist, helping to found and run the first substance abuse unit in a general hospital in the state of Michigan. We treated mostly alcoholics, but many also utilized street drugs as well, such as cocaine and heroin. A hat I wear today is that of a Forensic Psychologist. In […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread – The Daily Battle with Depression

The Silver Thread – The Daily Battle with Depression

Depression is the major clinical problem for which people seek therapeutic assistance. Western medicine views depression as an illness, like a cancer consuming the person. Psychiatrists treat it with medication, psychologists with psychotherapy. The Western tradition is to treat clinical symptoms with various cures, in order to remove the offending symptom. A Buddhist oriented psychology […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

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