Robin S. Cohen, Ph.D.

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Robin S. Cohen, Ph.D.

Welcome to my website and blog.  I am going to share my thoughts and expertise on an ongoing and spontaneous basis.  I am open to your comments and thoughts as well, and I am always up for a dialogue. I believe we continuously create ourselves through open dialogue with others…..

 


art & transformation

between waking and dreaming

art & transformation

As an artist, as well as a psychoanalyst/psychologist, I gave an interview exploring the intersection of my experience as a psychoanalysis and my creation of photographic art.  I find that, like a dream or like psychotherapy, art is an expression of unconscious processes.  Both therapists and artists find ways to welcome and stay connected to unconscious communications from themselves and others.

Here is the link to the interview:

“How Did We Forget the Dream?”

anxiety

dark mood

anxiety

For many people, anxiety can be a continuous background rhythm to our everyday lives. Sometimes the drumbeat takes center stage and we are driven by these feelings and become dominated by an anxiety state of mind. We may begin to experience physical feelings (butterflies, sweating, GI symptoms) and/or anxious thoughts, feelings and perceptions that cause us to believe that we are on the verge of catastrophe and shape the way we see and influence our world.  Our culture is filled with stress, so that even if you are not an “anxious person”, you are internally responding to stress and it can take a toll on your health and mental functioning.  It is therefore very important to begin learning ways to manage stress and to treat anxiety. This is the beginning of a conversation about it.

On January 28, 2014, I was a guest on Jordyn Goodman’s “Empowered” LA talk radio show. The link to her page is, Empowered.  We focused on how anxiety manifests itself in young woman in particular, and talked about how to understand, manage and treat it. Psychotherapy, hypnosis, meditation, and self-care are all discussed as ways of managing anxious feelings.  Here is a clip from her show that features my discussion. (To hear the rest of her show, or to hear other interesting topics, please go to Empowered.)

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why our relationships fail

dreaming of what is to come

why our relationships fail

How do we first begin to experience love?  Perhaps as babies, as early psychoanalysts Fairbairn and Guntrip believed, the only way we could feel loved was by having our needs met.  The language of bodily transformation was the language of love.  Mommy feeds us, changes our diaper or picks us up and we feel satisfied.  This feeling of satisfaction and security may be the early equivalent to feeling loved.  Love becomes represented by how satisfied and safe our caretakers make us feel; how easily and well they transform our bad feelings into good ones.  As a result, I believe that we continue throughout life believing on a primal level that our loved ones show us that they love us by meeting our needs, and as a result, how well they meet our needs indicates how lovable we are.  This is the way we reason, early in life.

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