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Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D.
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Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Director of Psychotherapy Training at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. She has written two books about psychodynamic psychotherapy -- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Clinical Manual and Psychodynamic Formulation both published by Wiley. She practices psychiatry in Manhattan, specializing in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

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Good Relationships Take Hard Work

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 9:12 AM

The other day, I saw a couple in my office. They've been having a hard time and came to couples' therapy to try to help their marriage survive. Two kids, two jobs, five years of marriage -- and they both feel they're not getting what they want out of the...

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DNA on the Couch

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 11:26 AM

Learning about histones has made me really excited about being a psychotherapist. What are histones, you ask? No, they're not long-lost Freudian artifacts or a new kind of music therapy. They are proteins that exist in all of our cells, around which DNA is wrapped. You probably know that DNA...

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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: How Learning About Your Mind Can Help Your LIfe

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 11:53 AM

Psychodynamic psychotherapy: How learning about your mind can help your life

Ann and Brian, both in their late 20s, fall in love and are very happy, enjoying their jobs, their friends, and a romantic sex life. After three years of dating, they get engaged and move in together....

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Choosing Psychotherapy Today: One Size No Longer Fits All

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 9:22 AM

Chances are that if you went to a doctor in the Middle Ages, you had a leech applied for bloodletting. That was about all there was. And chances are that if you went to a psychotherapist in the 1950s, you started psychoanalysis. That was also about all there was.

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How to Listen Like a Therapist

(18) Comments | Posted September 14, 2013 | 10:03 AM

How to listen like a therapist:

You walk into a cocktail party. As you stop in the hallway to hang up your coat, you hear the buzz of voices. Excited, some laughter, no voice distinct. Sounds like a good party, you think. You walk in. Gradually, you begin to pick...

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The Therapeutic Alliance: The Essential Ingredient for Psychotherapy

(3) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 3:27 PM

Have you ever tried to change the way you do something? It could be anything -- the way you hold your tennis racket, blow into a flute, meditate -- you name it. If so, think about that experience. No matter how motivated you were to change, and no matter how...

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