A blog by Richard Raubolt, Ph.D, ABPP, exploring topics in psychotherapy.

Art as Medicine

Using indigenous artifacts, cast-off objects and various forms of detritus the art of Heidelberg reflects, mirrors and gives back to the community earlier representations of their world.

Preface to Portuguese Edition of Theaters of Trauma (Cenarios Psicanaliticos de Trauma)

The following is a beautiful preface to Theaters of Trauma (Cenarios Psicanaliticos de Trauma) written by Psychologist Maria João Saraiva.  Enjoy!

Detroit: Living in Between Official Trailer

"Raubolt sees Detroit not as an emblem of American decay, but as a metaphor for change, which lifts Living in Between from documentary to allegory."

Language of the Heart

Our hearts speak to us although we do not always recognize the language so we do the best we can to construct meaning with words.

Detroit: Living Between

By way of brief introduction–I am a psychoanalytic psychologist who grew up in the Downriver area and who has remained enthralled with Detroit ever since.

Book Excerpt: Weightlessness Part 1

Ceely, a large twenty-four year old woman with deep ebony eyes and circles to match had inflated herself in proportion to the beatings she had suffered.

Book Excerpt: Weightlessness Part 2

The real work of Ceely’s therapy could now begin in earnest: writing her own life story without the lies, distortion and misrepresentations she had heard about herself for so many years.

Trauma and Time: Returning to What Was Never Left

What cultures of trauma lead children to murder? What are some of the conditions that make such killing normal, even applauded? What binds victims and murderers in separate yet shared dances of hell?

Heart Attacks and PTSD

Did you know there are an estimated 1.4 million patients each year in the U.S. that suffer heart attacks? Many of us think we know the signs. But do we?

Silent Places, Deep Reflections

It is usual to find nothing but darkness around your mind, or, as it were, a cloud of unknowing. You will know nothing and feel nothing except a simple reaching out to God in the depths of your being.

Ten Steps to Ease Out of Panic

Terrifying, disorienting and disruptive feelings can come on without warning. A word, sound, smell or image can trigger disturbing thoughts as well as emotions. Here are 10 steps to helping you ease out of a panic attack.

Must We Always Forgive?

I believe this issue represents a cutting edge concern in our current social, cultural and political landscape. I know I cannot, in a brief paper, address many of the nuances on this fascinating topic. My hope instead is to raise a few questions for reflection and discussion.

Living with Chronic Pain

Living with chronic pain is draining, disturbing, frightening, debilitating and terribly disruptive. Sometimes the injury or ailment is visible like the results of a severe automobile accident or stroke. Frequently there is no apparent "cause" as the pain results from stenosis, immune disorders or fibromyalgia.

Medication vs. Psychotherapy

For far too long “vs.” has designated a combative stance which has interfered with a useful combination of psychotherapy and medication. Medication can be a vital aid, but are not silver bullets and can cause significant problems in therapy.

Tell Me Again, What Does EMDR Mean?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is considered a mind-body approach that focuses on bi-lateral stimulation, which is a fancy way of saying moving the eyes back and forth by following a light bar or experiencing alternating pulses from hand held sensor pads.

Mindfulness in a Mindless World

In a world that has gone so far out of control many are seeking some comfort in practices of certainty. Many want to have some stability, tradition and thereby peace of mind.  Not surprisingly the “good old days” are remembered with relish even if they weren't “so good” at the time. 

Whose Therapy is it Anyway? Recognizing Coercion and Control in Therapy

Recently I have edited and written chapters in the critically acclaimed book Power Games: Influence, Persuasion and Indoctrination in Psychotherapy Training. This book is a description of the structures, methods and applications of dictatorial and authoritarian training many therapists experience.

What’s Love Got to do With It? Recognizing the Seductive Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy is an intimate, private and deeply personal experience. Both therapist and patient/client co-construct, in the common professional parlance of the day, a relationship where unknown or unexpressed desires, conflicts, questions and dreams are explored.

How to Select the Right Therapist For You

There are thousands upon thousands of psychotherapists in this country with over a few hundred in Grand Rapids alone. It is, you might say, a growth business (pun intended) but of course not all therapists are equally well talented, ethical and responsible. Finding someone you can trust to share some of your most frightening, embarrassing and intimate details of your life, is no easy task.