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I LOVE U – Inquire, Listen, Observe, Volunteer, Empathize, and Understand is one approach to engage your children to understand and overcome the effects divorce and child custody reaction can have on their psychological development.
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Childhood behaviors are a major area of concern for the fields of psychology and education. As psychologists have advanced their diagnostic tool set, the list of disorders our children are exposed to, judged by, and labeled with has grown to staggering numbers in direct correlation with the advancements of our scientific endeavors. As a child, it seemed that I, along with most […]
Learning about our emotional landscape is a lifelong process. Defined as “a conscious mental reaction subjectively experienced as a strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body” (Emotion, n.d.), Emotions can wreak havoc on our mental, physical, and even spiritual development. While emotions exist on […]
A child’s imagination is limitless. Their emotions are no different. However, unlike their adult counterparts, children have not had the experience of learning effective ways to deal with the rising tides an emotional state can cause. How then, can we as parents, work with our children to teach them effective ways to handle emotionally distressing […]
Words of Healing & Inspiration from Dr. Thomas Maples, Ph.D.
Our Archetypal Beginnings: Siddhartha, The Importance of Fatherhood, and a Jungian Perspectives on Early Childhood Development
This article explores early archetypal development and the importance of fatherhood on early childhood development from a Jungian perspective.
A Father’s Perspective of the Miracle of Life The intrauterine life of the fetus consists of 40 weeks of complete immersion in the womb. This environment exposes the child to the nurturing and devouring nature of the mother archetype. While the child has direct exposure to both the physical and symbolic mother during their gestational […]
The story Siddhartha written by the Nobel Laureate author Herman Hesse has differences from the true life of Siddhartha Gautama, the prince that would eventually become the Buddha. Hesse presents Siddhartha as born to the Brahman caste, and having grew up in an intact family who lived near a riverbank situated by a forest. In […]
Divorce negotiations can be tough, which is why many people choose to work with a Stockton family law attorney who understands the process and its impact on those going through it. But what is divorce negotiation, and how can you do it successfully? What is Divorce Negotiation? Negotiation during divorce is a back-and-forth between you… via […]
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some. (Charles Dickens) Today is the first day of a grand experiment. As a psychotherapist, I have long assisted individuals alleviate the misfortunes from which they suffer. However, being exposed to the countertransference phenomenon, […]
Personal Reveries from Early Consciousness Our journey to develop consciousness is intimately linked to the development of understanding that exists between life, death, and the other paradoxes that seem to govern the way our mind perceives and processes information. Therefore, the development of consciousness occurs during early childhood, matures throughout the lifecycle, encompasses both our […]
If you’re like many parents who are going through divorce, you know you need a child custody lawyer who understands what you – and your children – are going through. Divorce is an emotional rollercoaster, and it can cause kids emotional trauma, so you want the whole process to go as smoothly as possible. But… via […]
It was from this starting point, that a dream arose from within, pointing me to a direction of standing in service to others, helping them to navigate through problems of mutual understanding. I saw myself standing at the helm of my life, and mutually began to see a path by which I could help others do the same. By making meaning in my life each day, I could engage my true path as it opened, and subsequently use my journey as a starting point to help others find their direction. At the time, I did not know where this dream would lead. But I knew that I would somehow find my destination while standing in service to help others find their journey.
Dreams are a starting point to engage our personal future. They work through our imagination and open us to inner worlds of creativity and new possibility. By dreaming, we learn ways to deal with past emotional and psychological conflict, develop understanding about events that currently shape our life, and develop the ability to chart new and exciting possibilities for our future development. Dreams are a starting point for us to realize the possibilities in life we seek.
Emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing is a product of soul work. We must go within, in order to dream life forward and watch those dreams become a reality. Psychological symptoms, even mental illness does not doom those who suffer its grasp. Instead, it provides a snapshot into the problems that can impede us during the long and oftentimes arduous journey called life. Symptoms, like dreams, allow us to develop a deep understanding of ourselves, and engage in a path of Self awareness.
Psychological symptoms are not a sign of weakness, or even an illness; instead, they are a road into the soul of the problem, and oftentimes mask inner strengths once thought lost. As a practicing psychotherapist with 17 years experience in helping others, I have seen first hand the growth an individual can attain when going within, developing an understanding of, creating, and implementing a plan to overcome the barriers that stand in the way of healthy psychological development. Having treated everything from anxiety and mood disorders to personality disorders, I have seen the soul behind many problem, have helped people develop new perspectives about their symptoms, see, harness, and benefit from the internal strengths they have, and overcome those symptoms in a manner that leads to deep personal meaning.
My journey to become a developmental psychologist began from that early summer dream some 17 years prior. While lost at the time and not knowing what direction my journey would take, I remained open to new experiences; because of this, I found direction. In this blog, I explore areas of developmental psychology, analytical psychology, archetypal psychology, and psychoanalytic studies. Having a Ph.D in psychology, and being trained in psychoanalytic, analytical, Eastern, and Spiritual traditions of psychology, my goal is to help others understand, overcome, and grow from the experiences they face along their developmental journey. Whether you are a student seeking new information on developmental, analytical, or psychoanalytic paradigms of psychology, a parent seeking to understand your child, a teacher looking for more information to understand the children you teach, or an elder seeking to make sense of the journey undertaken during your lifespan, I believe this blog is for you. I welcome and honor your feedback, and hope you enjoy.
I have been suffering from Anxiety & Depression for 10 years. I was tired of the therapists that were set up through my pcp because I still didn’t understand why I felt the way I did. So finally I had the courage to call my Health Insurance & ask about outside Therapists. Luckily I went thru Beacon & found Dr. Thomas Maples. I have seen him for 4 months already. He finds ways to explains things to you in a way you will understand. He has done wonders for me I can’t explain all that he has done. Now I see my life clearer than ever. Even after taking meds for 3 yrs & therapy for 2 years. I never thought I was going to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I feel like the sky is the limit. I see things differently now, I am more aware of my negative feelings & I am able to control them now. I actually had results after 2 weeks or should I say 2 visits. He is amazing!. Thank You Dr. Thomas Maples for always being there for me in this lonely city and helping me even when I didn’t have a scheduled appointment.Testimonial from another Happy Customer 12/9/2015
Dr Tom was great to work with. I highly recommend his services. He is a great therapist.
RWTestimonial from another Happy Customer 9/14/2015
One of the best things I ever did for myself was picking up the phone and contacting Dr Maples, I struggled with Anxiety for years and never knew how to deal with it until now. Dr Maples was there for me every step of the way and I’m grateful for what he’s done.Testimonial from a Happy Customer 5/18/2016