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295 Central Park West
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(646) 258-5136

New York State Licensed Psychologist in New York City, located on the Upper West Side, Central Park West.  Psychotherapy, both traditional and specialized, for individual and relationship counseling.  Adlerian Psychoanalysis, Reichian Orgone Therapy, Frankl Logotherapy, and Jungian Analysis. 

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Dr. Arthur Janov,  founder of Primal Therapy died last month in Los Angeles. 

As regards to his development of Primal Therapy, I feel ambivalent. On the one hand, thank you for having the courage to  develop a revolutionary approach to  therapy and not just stay stuck in the status quo. Thanks for your intuitive sense and emphasizing feeling and expression.

On the other hand, thanks, but no thanks for your misunderstanding of Orgonomy and Reichian Therapy and your not acknowledging Reich or others. No thanks for your disgarding and minimizing the all important sense of transference and the therapeutic relationship and not being more open to genuine spiritualiy (A criticism that holds for Reich as well).

I plan to write a longer exploration of Primal, orgonomic and their overconnection to medical models and "cure." The concept of "post-pimal" is similar to Reich's "genital character." Perhaps our great grandchildren, if we survive, can speak of "cure."

At any rate, rest in peace Art.

 

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Diagnosed With Diabetes and Want To Help Others

Brian Leggiere

Greetings    to    all.    I    have    been    diagnosed    with  Type   II   Diabetes.    It    has    been    a    very    stressful    time    for    me.   I    have    had    to    make    many    life-style    adjustments    and    modofications.    It    has    been    hard    to    accept    this    diagnosis    and    I    have     grown    immensely.    I    am    planning    to    do    a    monthly    group    in  Woodstock    for    people    who    are    challenged    by    this    disease.    If    you    are   interested,    please    contact    me.    Thanks.

NEW OFFICE IN WOODSTOCK, NEW YORK

Brian Leggiere

I    am    very    please    to    announce    the  opening    of    a    new    office    in    downtown    Woodstock    at    the    Village    Green.    The    phone    number    remains    646-258-5136.

Primal Therapy and Orgonomy

Brian Leggiere

Many   people    confusw     Janov's    Primal    Therapy     with   Orgone Therapy.    I    will     be     writing    a   long    piece     exploring    thesimilarities     as     well    as     many    differences     in    thenear     future.

Why I Don't Use Managed Care

Brian Leggiere

  I would like to outline my policy regarding managed care and to explain why I decided to drop my participation in all of the insurance panaels (wit hthe exception of medicare and medicaid).

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HMO'S

Almost all HMO's are in business to make money.  They limit the money spent on treatment for financial,  rather than clinical reasons. The main,  and actually only advantage for the consumer is that they pay less money out of pocket for psychotherapy services.

So what is so terrible about managed care for the consumer ?

Many studies have confirmed that the CEO's of managed care companies make millions per year through creating obstacles to assessing care. Thus,  your access to care and what is in your best interest may be a secondary concern to the company. Managed care,  for example,  may sell your medical records to third parties without your consent. Concomitantly,  the all important element of privacy and confidentiality becomes minimized or even destroyed when you choose to utilize managed care insurance.  Did you know that many surveys have found that as many as 17 people may view your mental health   treatment records when they are sent to the company? That you must have a diagnosis in order to be covered for what are considered "medically necessary treatments"?  Or that it is managed care bureaucrats,  often with little or no training other than in saving moneywho make ultimate choices about your treatment rather than your trained therapist?

When you agree to use managed care benefits to payfor therapy,  in reality there are now three people in the therapy room-  you,  your therapist and the managed care company.  This assumes that the therapist that you prefer and feel comfortable is even allowed for you to see.

Although it may costyou more to see a therapist outside your managed care insurance,  remember,  we get what we pay for.  The advantages in seeing a therapist outide such insurance companies are many:

  • You can choose your therapist.
  • You evaluate if the therapist is helpful to you.
  • You choose the amount of treatment that you feel is appropriate.
  • You choose the type of therapy.
  • You receive a guarantee that this information will not be shared without your permission except under certain conditions of state or federal law.
  • You can be assured that your therapist is working for you rather than for the managed care company.

Many therapists are willing to offer payment options that may make therapy affordable for you.  Many studies have shown that when therapy is effective it tends to pay for itself in terms of much less stress related doctor visits and bills,  greater earning of money in one's profession through increased self esteem and productiveness and ability to go after what you want.

I would be happy to discuss these issues with any prospective patient.  Carpediem.

From Despair to Empowerment

Brian Leggiere

From a psychological perspective the recent election has unleashed a torrent of deep emotions which can only be described as Shadow like.  It has ripped apart the veneer of cordial social interaction and instead revealed the ugly face of racism,  misogyny,  homophobia,  anti-Semitism and a scapegoating   of the disabled,  vulnerable members of our population. 

Never before has an election seemed so malevolent,  malignant and Manichean.  It feels like civil war-  the battle of the light Jedi against the dark side of the Sith. 

Many of us who repudiated Trump’s hyperbole and provocations feel betrayed by those of our family or friends or associates who may have voted forTrump.  On the surface we may express disbelief and rage,  but I believe that deeper still we feel terrified and helpless.  In  a word-  disempowered.

The old king archetype-  the senex- the most brutal form of patriarchy has won.  Regressions to the worst impulses seem to hold sway.  We feel despair.  The matriarchal world of egalitarianism,  ecological sanity,  maternal safety seems to have been snatched from our fingertips.  Despair and hopelessness seem to have won the day.

Ibelieve that it is important to give these feelings a safe space as we say to be expressed and validated.  We may feel that the sexual abuser won-  the bully of our child or adolescent years has again emerged victorious;  the rich,  spoiled narcissist born with a silver spoon has fooled or manipulated the crowd who can’t seem to see that the fat emperor is wearing no clothes.  We need to accept,  express  and share these feelings-  BUT ONLY TEMPORARILY!

We must pause,  breathe and find a waytorestore- empower ourselves.  Reb Nachman used to declare that we should not despair. We know from trauma studies that if we take action,  we are not as traumatized,  that we feel some agency or locus of control. We need acts of protest-  to fight and do it for the earth. 

Since the election, the contributions to organizations that protect the environment,  women’s healthcare, progressive policies,  etc,  have quadrupled.  Like mothers’  or fathers’  whose children are threatened we spring into action.  These immersions in political causes are a step towards finding empowerment.

I believe  firmly concomitantly,  that we need to find our personal sense of grounding,  centering and empowerment. We need to protect our clarity and perceptiveness.  We need to continue our practices of healing and centering:  effective therapy,  prayer,  meditation,  shamanic and environmental principles. Of course there are problems,  there are things to be deeply concerned about.  In  the smaller mind of moach kad’nut, as the Jewish shamans say,  there is a  sense of terror,  helplessness-  this is the end.  The moach gad’nut,  the larger mind or perspective reminds us that there are solutions-  we must stay grounded and connect with the source.  We must remain steadfast and connect,  contribute and create.

I am beginning a beneficial group where we can share,  express and co-create a rebirth of the phoenix from the ashes of the fire.  This will be on my calendar of events. Please let me know if you have an interest.     

After the Catastrophe

Brian Leggiere

It has happened. The monster that we feared of greed,  misogyny,  racism,  anti-Semitism,  environmental disregard and corporate destruction has been born.  The veneer has been ripped off.  The bully,  the abuser,  the creep has won.  Biff Tannon of Back to the Future is president.

This election,  unfortunately,  has demonstrated Reich’s observation that the masses in their rage,pain and fear would only too willingly ally themselves of a Fuhrer Daddy symbol promising to make them great.  Fascism triumphant.  As the Star Wars movie put it,  “This is how democracy dies-  to great applause.”  Beneath this catastrophe lies a great gift-  a massive wake- up call.

The shadow has emerged in the White House.  I’m as angry and enraged and frightened and freaked out in despair as the next guy.  An outright misogynistic,  racist,  mocker of the disabled,  greed peddler who   has promised to register a particular group ala hitler and the Nazi scum and to deport more people than the city of Chicago holds has been given the codes to an unfathomable nuclear genie.  An avowed White nationalist,  misogynist wife-  beating,  anti- Semite is the new White House strategy director.  A Senator who was denied judgeship by virtue of the fact of a history of racism by a Republican Senate is to be Attorney General.  We will be confronted with an EPA director who denied climate change and believes that pesticides pose no danger for us and a National Security Director who has ties to Putin’s Russia and has called  mainstream Islam, not Radical or Jihadist Islam,  a cancer.  Take a breath!  That is the shadow we now are confronted with.

How to proceed?  While I understand and experience the rage and terror,  for us to simply feel that we are the “children of light”  posed against the “dark side”  in a Manechiean fantasy is not beneficial.  We confront the other-  in this case our political other with their own pain and fear.  We may rage against their choice of this gutter fuhrer as a hate crime and argue that while they may not be an outright racist,  they supported one.  However,  we must understand ,  though not agree,  their pragmatic experience of hopelessness/ rage.  Psychologically,  we must find the shadow in ourselves-  where is trumpf in me,  where is my racism,  misogyny, greed, etc?  They function as internal oppressors within.

My prescription:  logotherapy's "defiant power of the human spirit".  Action.  If I take action now I  won’t feel as traumatized later.  Buy organic foods for the earth,  embrace vegetarianism,  donate to Greenpeace,  Earth First,  Planned Parenthood.  This is a wake-up call.  It has activated my FIGHTER,  my FATHER BEAR who confronts those who abuse my fair sister and Earth mother and all oppressed who inhabit her.  Let us be authentic and find healing and solidarity.

Body Work and Transference (Why I Stopped Orgone Therapy with Female Pts)

Brian Leggiere

Those of us who do body therapies such as orgone therapy understand the power of such an approach and concomitantly its potential for misuse or difficulties.  Transference and counter- transference don't simply disappear when one does orgone therapy.  Rather they can be attenuated.


One must feel comfortable to be effective as a therapist/ healer as well as a patient.  Of course,  I must contain my feelings if I'm working with a female,  but I also might fee lconstrained if I wonder how they are experiencingbody work and construing it. 

While I used to work with females on an energetic/  bodily level,   I have not done so for about fifteen years and confine my work to the character analytic and classical forms of therapy.

LOGOTHERAPY TRAINING

Brian Leggiere

Greetings all.  I continue to train in Victor Frankl's Logotherapy.  Three more courses and I will be eligible for a Diploma.  At first glance, Logotherapy may appear to have precious little in common with OrgoneTherapy, but I will be exploring the connection in future posts.  I wil lbe adding a chapter on Frankl in my 'Reich and Adler'  book since Frankl was for a time anAdlerian.  Suffice to say, logotherapy is a compliment to other systems, including orgonomy, rather than a competition. It seeks to humanize and stress meaning and purpose which contributes to any system. To be continued.

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BEGINNING SUN STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN TRAINING.

Brian Leggiere

I'm very excited to be beginning Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan.  I am learning it with Tina Zhang,  a well-known Tai Chi andBa Gua teacher and Qi Gong/Acupressure Healer.  I love Sun style and find that it is very complementary to the Wu style that I practice and teach.  Sun is a very precious, rare style.  I am very excited to be among those who are attempting to preserve and spread it.  

Are You Committed To Your Therapy?

Brian Leggiere

I often tell my patients that when they make an appointment with me, they are really schedulling time to meet themselves and deal with their lives.  There is an old Zen saying: "How you do one thing is how you do everything."

How do you approach being in therapy ?  What is your commitment ? Do you feel pressured in

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ADLER AND REICH

Brian Leggiere

My book on Wilhelm Reich and Alfred Adler is flowing smoothly and I am hoping it is completed in a few more months. For some reason I am partial to the Viennese: Reich, Freud, Adler, Frankl, etc.!

PAIN IN ORGONOMIC THERAPY

Brian Leggiere

I usually inform my patients    that    therapy     will     have periods     which      are    painful,    frightening      and     difficult.     It    will     require      an     expenditure     of     time,     effort   and     courage.      At     times     people     associate      Reichian-based     therapies      with    a macabre     scene     of    black and blue marks     and     B-movie    screaming!      

Strangely,     the    advice     has    not     discouraged anyone from    beginning this journey.  Perhaps they know on some deep level that it is a truth that effective therapy   requires expression    of     some    painful     aspects    of     themselves      which     have     been    buried     and    hidden     and that it   is     an    illusion     to think     one    can grow    whilst     ignoring     their      "shadow."     Or   perhaps,       they      really    don't    believe    me.

 

Intuitively      we   shrink     away    from   pain      because     it     is associated      with threat     and    danger.      Pain     is    not   always     negative,      however.     Many    walk    around     with   immobolized     and unfelt   parts     of     their   body    and begin     to feel pain    whn    the     area     is   mobilized     and     returns     to    "life."     This can be a welcome      sign.   Allhealing    modalities   speak    about    anaggrevation     or     temporary     re- emergence   of    older      disease       symptoms.     This is     common    in   classical      homeopathy,      acupuncture       and       orgonomic       therapy      among     other    systems.

 

Pain      indicates     a tension     or   internal     conflict.     The     pulse      of    life     has     been obstructed      or    contracted.      If      one     withdraws      pulse,     there is   no     experienced      pain,     but     there   is   a   loss      of      experience     and     limitation.      Thisis     akin      to   a   frostbitten       finger     that    is   not experienced      as painful        until     the    blood    flows     back       stronger     into     the     area    which    is   consciously   painful.      But     this   is an    expression   of      the     life     force     rather    than    the contraction      of     energy.

 

One       need     not     be frightened     of    the experience      of      physical    pain     if    it develops     in the   course     of     therapy    as     it     is   life-affirming.     Going     with    it    rather    than   contracting   and   inhibiting     the breathing     will   reduce    the fear     and      tension.      This      reminds     one    of    going     to     the    dentist      where   going    with    it rather   than resisting     makes   for    better healing    and    less     pain.      Orgonomic    therapy    is   ultimately     about    healing     and regaining   greater      awareness     not    masochism.     

SUN STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN

Brian Leggiere

I have been practicing,  and of late,  teaching Wu Style Tai Chi.  The opportunity has arisen to learn the very rare Sun Style as developed by Sun Lu Tang and be the only person in New York City connected with the lineage.  I am very excited about this opportunity. 

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