Psychotherapy, Psychiatry Can Work Together

July 10, 2022

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | July/August 2022 Having been licensed as a psychologist for 36+ years now (since I was five), it’s easy to reflect back on a wonderful career of maintaining interesting and sometimes naughty secrets for the good people of Venice. My current tally is somewhere … Read More

The Power of the Mind Part 3

July 10, 2022

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | May/June 2022 If you’ve read the first two parts of this article – you share a select group of three, with this author and his mother – you may remember that we create our emotions by how we perceive the world. Likewise, you … Read More

Rational Thoughts About Irrational Thinking

March 10, 2022

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | March/April 2022 In part one of this article, we celebrated the life of Dr. Aaron Beck, who passed away several months ago, shortly after turning 100. As a pioneer of cognitive/behavioral therapy (CBT), Dr. Beck contributed greatly to what is now considered a … Read More

The Power of the Mind

January 17, 2022

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | January/February 2022 Unless you are a mental health professional, you probably have never heard of Aaron Beck. Dr. Beck died last month at the ripe old age of 100, or as we like to say in Venice, “middle-age“. Far be it for a … Read More

Teaching Resilience

November 13, 2021

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | November/December 2021 A child’s father leaves home and takes up with another woman and her family, leaving the child to feel abandoned, replaced, hardened. A man is encouraged to resign from his job after 26 years of service. His lack of technical skills … Read More

The Covid Pandemic: The Ugly, the Bad and the Good

September 30, 2021

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | September/October 2021 The Ugly I have never been a big fan of horror movies, but I remember reluctantly joining my adolescent peers to the theater for the big feature, “Friday the 13th“. It was the first such movie, not to be confused with … Read More

The Top 10 Habits of Chronically Unhappy People

September 22, 2021

By: Dr. Christopher Cortman What creates unhappiness? Your attitude, beliefs—the way you explain the world to yourself—and your behavioral choices. Unhappiness is toxic. In truth, even the world’s happiest person would soon plummet like a rock in water were they to think and behave like those who are chronically unhappy. Let’s explore the characteristics, attitudes … Read More

A Handful of ACEs Part Deux

July 14, 2021

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | July/August 2021 In part one of this article, I painted a frightening picture of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) and how detrimental they can be to the individual in the short term and even much later in life. Admittedly, it was a rather depressing … Read More

A Handful of ACEs

May 12, 2021

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | May/June 2021 If you are brave enough to watch the news every day, you are exposed to a Lazy Susan‘s rotation of tragedies, one after another: rapes, life-consuming fires, political crime, murder/homicides, motor vehicle accidents, terrorism and mass shootings. And just in case … Read More

Only The Lonely

March 1, 2021

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | March/April 2021 The last time the world had a pandemic, the Spanish flu, it was literally 100 years ago. Which means that at least half of the population of Venice wasn’t born yet and the rest were toddlers. In other words, we are … Read More

How to Cope Like a Healthy Person | A New Year, A New Beginning.

January 1, 2021

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | January/February 2021 On daylight savings time fallback weekend, I heard an older gentleman at the gym, quip, “Who wants another hour of 2020?” Of course there is no magic at the end of one calendar year and the beginning of a new year. … Read More

Covid 19: Understanding the threat to you and your kids

November 1, 2020

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | November/December 2020 At the time of this writing, it’s been about seven months since Corona went viral, the world closed down and we were all advised to stay home and watch TV until further notice.Much has been said about the toll that the … Read More

COVID 19 | A Plan for Man I Am

September 1, 2020

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | September/October 2020

Is Your Child Consuming Digital Junk Food?

March 1, 2020

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | March/April 2020 There’s a phenomenon sweeping our nation of (mostly) young girls that is as baffling to me as it is addictive to them. It’s called TikTok, and it allows little Caitlyn and Bella to choreograph dance moves to music and then post … Read More

Successful Resolutions Reflect Who You Become

January 1, 2020

Article written for the Venice Gondolier’s Well Being in Paradise Magazine | January/February 2020 Ok, admit it. This is the 463rd consecutive January that you were planning to lose weight and start an exercise regimen. You’ve probably made it as far as February a couple of times and once all the way to June. But … Read More