In this episode, Dr. Burritt interviews Peter Crist M.D., president of the ACO. Dr. Crist, an observer by nature, emphasizes the importance of distinguishing observations from conclusions and highlights this simple yet profound distinction as part of the foundation of functional thinking. He explains that what drew him to Wilhelm Reich’s work and orgonomy was Reich’s method of functional thinking. One must, as Reich put it, “observe, observe, and observe,” no matter how difficult it might be to not let feelings, preconceived notions or uncertainty cloud any judgments, and allow conclusions to spontaneously come to the observer.
This episode features the audio from one of our recent webinar presentations. Dee Apple, Ph.D. shares an intriguing case about a distrustful, quirky, angry adolescent named Finn who’d had no success with three previous therapists. Dr. Apple describes how he took the time to develop trust with the boy, realizing that their relationship couldn’t be rushed. Over a series of sessions—thanks to Dr. Apple’s patience—they were able to address Finn’s prickly provocative character so that his sensitive healthy core nature could be uncovered. Following the presentation, Peter Crist, M.D. and Chris Burritt, D.O. join Dr. Apple for a discussion with questions from the webinar audience.
Dr. Dee Apple discusses his treatment of a young boy who was sensitive, self-conscious, and frozen in fear. It took many sessions for them to connect but with Dr. Apple’s understanding and encouragement young Alex was slowly able to come out of his shell and find his mojo. Listen in on a highlight of the audience discussion following the presentation.
How should parents address adolescent drug use? What is the rational role of an authority figure? Do parents matter?
Dr. Apple presents some of his adolescent patient’s therapy and his work with their parents with a focus on handling marijuana use. Following the presentation, Dr. Burritt and Dr. Apple discuss how Dr. Apple’s training with the ACO and his own therapy inform his practice, how parenting has changed in society, and how being aware of one’s own emotions and problems as a therapist or parent can greatly influence how one can help children and teens.
Dr. Alberto Foglia M.D. discusses the treatment of two patients and highlighted a key difference of how the ACO doctors view anxiety – as a symptom and not a diagnosis. We learn that anxiety can often be the result of another emotion (anger or sadness for example) being blocked. Dr. Foglia was able to address the one patient’s characteristic way of handling his feelings both psychologically and physically so successfully that not only did he feel emotionally more content and have his panic resolve but remarkably his blood pressure came down and anti-hypertensives were no longer required for treatment.
There is a lot of talk about marijuana in the news recently whether about recreational use or “medical” use. How much have you heard about the emotional effects it has on young people? Listen to Dr. Peter Crist M.D get to the heart of his patient’s problem and hear how together they address his “who cares” attitude only reinforced by his drug use.
Listen in and hear how Dr. Phil Heller M.D. turns John’s emergency into an opportunity for positive change. Highlighted in this presentation is the importance of a trusting doctor-patient relationship and truly understanding how a person’s characteristic attitude can be used to defend against strong emotions.
Listen to one patient’s struggle to feel more and face difficult emotions in therapy with Dr. Dale Rosin as she decides to live life without medication.