Articles by Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D.

Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. is a Life Coach/hypnotherapist practicing in Los Altos Hills, California. He is a long-time practitioner of self-relations psychotherapy and Ericksonian hypnotherapy. With an abiding interest in music, art, yoga, and other body-mind practices, Dr. Rossel is also a long-time practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and has sought for many years to find ways to apply meditation and mindfulness in his psychotherapy practice.

  • Emptiness and the Relational-self

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. Bachelor points out that as shul, emptiness can be compared to the impression of something that used to be there. Thus emptiness might be thought of as impressions formed by the indentations, hollows, marks, and scars left by the turbulence of selfish craving. When the turmoil subsides, we experience tranquility, relief, ...

  • Foundations: The Ericksonian Legacy and Self-relations Psychotherapy

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. Do you want to learn the sciences with ease? Begin by learning your own language. Etienne Condillac (1947: 216-217) Although self-relations draws upon key ideas and practices from Carl Jung, Buddhism and various mind/body traditions, the influence of Milton H. Erickson. on the theory and practice of self-relations is undeniable. This article explores the ...

  • Growing Up With Music

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My dad was a composer and music teacher and my mother a singer. My dad would rise around 5:00 a.m. every morning to sit at the piano for two to three hours working on his latest ...

  • Liminal Spaces and Transformation

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. I woke up this morning with my mind buzzing with some loosely connected images that I think are related to questions about transformation and new beginnings. I had a dream in which I kept getting lost and had no reference point to help me find my way out. It was completely ...

  • Mirror Work

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. I had a profoundly liberating experience recently sitting on the toilet at the B & B where my wife and I were staying during our Thanksgiving visit with my family. There is a large floor to ceiling mirror on the door immediately opposite the toilet, not more than 2 feet away ...

  • Our Clients, Our Teachers

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. I began seeing a new client today who grew up in a large East Coast city… She reminded me of the five years I lived there, describing many of the neighborhoods where I had lived and had my first experiences as a fledgling psychotherapist. In particular she reminded me of the ...

  • The Expansion and Contraction of Being

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. As children, our budding nervous systems were often overwhelmed with sensations or feelings that we couldn’t understand or contain. When this happened, we often learned to contract our mind and body, shutting ourselves down, to minimize the damage. Even more so if the adults we depended on were unable to be ...

  • The Paradox of Surrender: Finding Strength and Wisdom in the Struggle

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. I met with one of my favorite clients yesterday — a very deep and animate soul, a student getting an advanced degree in one of our local therapist training institutions— who shared an experience that touched me deeply. She is a bit of a psychic who frequently anticipates phone calls or ...

  • Things that Last

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. We live in a culture that values youth and change. We seek the latest and newest. Many products—like this computer—are designed to be obsolete in a few years. That way we will “need” to buy a new one with all the latest developments and new technology. Things break and wear out. Nothing ...

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