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Meredith Hines MA MFTi - Adult & Adolescent Psychotherapy
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Curbing your Omnipotence
Body Image, Envy, and the Theif of Joy or What it Takes to Live to 100
The Projection will Rattle
Seeing things as they are, not as We are: Being an Ethical Researcher in the Experiment of your Life
Sandy Hook and Heartbreaking Trauma: May they break to Open Wider

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Therapy is for Rebels

Seeing things as they are, not as We are: Being an Ethical Researcher in the Experiment of your Life

An ethical researcher does not manipulate data to confirm an already held belief. She or he will let the experiment unfold without bias or sway.  All of us, at times in our lives, are unethical researchers. We interpret, and will even invite “data” and events through the lens of our wounds, broken attachments, world view and self image. What I find most often as a therapist is those core concepts often involve shame and a belief that one is unlovable and worthless, the world is unsafe, and life is not to be trusted.

Therapy is for Rebels

Creative people and spiritual practitioners alike are often fearful or dismissive of starting therapy because they imagine the process will make them feel judged, misunderstood, and perhaps worst of all— that they will be browbeaten into some medical standard of“normalcy”.  People who pride themselves on thinking outside the box are rightfully reticent to enter into a practice they assume will promote conformity or rob them of their “edge.”
 
  Popular media promotes this unattractive perception by portraying therapists as arrogant intellectuals (think Frasier Crane), sadistic narcissists  (think Nurse Ratchet or Hannibal Lecter), or matronly middle-aged women with cable-knit sweaters and quirky turquoise jewelry (think Meryl Streep in “Prime”).
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