David Godot, Psy.D.

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A Symbolic Therapeutic Gardening Group for Adolescents

January 9, 2015

This morning I led a gardening therapy group for my 25 residential teenagers. I introduced the group by teaching them how to work with the plants, by way of some Ericksonian metaphors: When a baby is born, no one knows what it’s going to turn into. It’s just this bald, screaming, helpless little thing… it […]


Incorporating Mindfulness Meditation into Psychotherapy

August 15, 2013

Mindfulness meditation is a deceptively simple technique with a wide range of benefits and a growing body of research support. It’s become the basis for popular psychotherapies like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. General Benefits of Meditation From a neurological perspective, regular meditation practice has been associated […]


Transpersonal Therapy & Spiritual Counseling

January 30, 2013

Your spiritual beliefs can be your most powerful tools for positive transformation. Psychotherapy based on the integration and amplification of spirituality is referred to as “transpersonal” — because the nature of spirituality is that it helps to bring us outside of ourselves, and to connect us with higher powers and higher realities. Transpersonal therapy often […]


Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

December 29, 2012

Most people come to therapy for irritable bowel syndrome reluctantly. They feel confused by their symptoms, and upset that their doctors don’t seem to have any real solutions. They feel skeptical about whether psychological treatment can help them… because no one has explained why it should. On this page I’m going to go into some […]


The Problems With Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

December 20, 2012

There has been a tremendous movement toward evidence-based treatment in clinical psychology over the past decade. On its face, this is a good thing — the idea that we should use scientific findings to make sure the types of treatment we’re using in psychotherapy actually work. My own clinical training included a wide array of […]

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Re-Branding Psychology: Why Therapists Have Got It All Wrong & What We Can Do About It

August 23, 2009

The field of psychology is suffering a crisis of identity which is devaluing its services and damaging its practitioners. The problem, in my opinion, is the paradigm of mental health versus mental illness. “Mental illness” is a terribly stigmatizing descriptor, and “mental health” is not a sufficiently attractive construct to warrant the average person subjecting themselves to the […]


Hermann Rorschach & The Amazing Technicolor Inkblot

May 19, 2008

On a psychodiagnostic residency, where your job is just to understand people, one of the tools you use is the famous Rorschach Inkblot Test. In this test, the patient is shown a standard series of pictures created by squirting ink onto a page and then folding the page over. They are then asked to describe […]

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We Live in Memories and Dreams

April 11, 2008

In my recent article on hypnosis, I mentioned that we don’t live in the present moment. We live in memories and dreams. This is an idea that will not be unfamiliar to those with a mystic bent, but the rest of you may suspect that there is some craziness going on here. In fact, there […]

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8 Myths About Hypnosis

April 9, 2008

Hypnosis is a sort of spooky and misunderstood phenomenon. Most of what people generally know about hypnosis comes from movies and stage performers, not real clinical hypnotists. You may not even realize that clinical hypnosis is a very well-established and scientifically validated medical practice. It’s used by psychotherapists, physicians, nurses, dentists, and anesthesiologists to produce […]

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Mind-Body Medicine: 5 Surprising Ways Psychology Can Improve Your Physical Health

March 26, 2008

On some level, most people recognize that psychological factors affect physical health. People basically seem to know, for example, that a stressful career or a ‘Type A’ personality might give them a heart attack, or that an abrasive colleague can give them a headache. What most people aren’t fully aware of is the profound interconnection […]


Invited address to the Society of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis on October 10, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas
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