Opioid Addiction as an Attachment Disorder

By Michael Roeske, PsyD To an outside observer, the behavior of an opioid addict seems quite bizarre…returning time and again to something that causes so much pain and suffering.  Interestingly, the field of psychology has been wrestling with such things since its beginnings.  In fact, Freud found our tendency to repeat painful experiences extremely problematic … Read More

Bayside Marin on the Big Island of Hawaii

Most people travel to Hawaii for pleasure in paradise, our trip to the Big Island was strictly business. It’s a strange thing to hustling from one appointment to the next dressed in business attire when everyone around you is in vacation mode smelling of sunscreen and wearing flip-flops. Our previous visits to Hawaii mostly focused … Read More

What does Psychotherapy Research Tell Us?

Recently, when I was consulting with someone on a particularly difficult case, he simply said, “You know, the research says…” Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence. Of course, most of the time comments about what “research says” are well-meaning and potentially useful. But every time it happens, or someone bandies about the phrase, “empirically supported treatment,” I … Read More