The Labyrinth Blog

Yoga for Cancer


We are pleased to announce that Linda Cope, Yoga Therapist, is starting a new series of classes this Fall.

This program is intended for those living with cancer and as a support for traditional cancer therapies. It will focus on helping with fatigue, fear and worry, nausea, strength and flexibility, insomnia, digestion, and relationships.

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New Mindfulness Meditation Class


One of our founding partners, Jane Fox, is pleased to announce that she will be teaching a new foundation class this Fall called, “Stress Reduction Through Mindfulness Meditation”. It has been updated and improved with the help of an intensive training Jane did this summer. Class will be held 9:45 AM to 11:45 AM on eight mostly consecutive Tuesdays starting October 18 and ending on December 13. We will […]

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Meetings With Remarkable Women


An Interview with Temenos Yoga Therapist, Linda Cope

By Natasha Horsley, LPC

“Awakening is possible only for those who seek it and want it, for those who are ready to struggle with themselves and work on themselves for a very long time and very persistently in order to attain it.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff

I got to know Linda a couple of years ago when she offered the partners at Temenos three yoga therapy sessions to show us in an experiential way what yoga therapy is and how it can help. At our first meeting she asked a lot of questions about my history. It turns out we have an unexpected thing in common. There is a Greco-Armenian philosopher by the name of Gurdjieff who my grandparents, mother and Uncle all loved. There are groups all over the world who study and practice his teachings. His beliefs were mostly about becoming fully ‘awake’ in our every day lives. I have never met anyone in this area who has even heard of Gurdjieff, let alone studied his work, but Linda has and she embodies this teaching. Linda has a gentle, non- proselytizing approach to her beliefs, which belies how intensely she has studied and practiced them. Like mastering the piano or any other virtuosic skill, people who have studied for years and with great discipline can make something extremely difficult look easy.

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How to Choose a Therapist


So you have decided you need to talk to someone, but now what? How to choose?

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Restorative Yoga Class at Temenos


We are pleased to announce that we’re offering a Restorative Yoga class on Tuesdays at 6pm, starting March 15, taught by Nicole DeSanto, RYT-500. It’s a great way to relax, unwind, and support your personal growth. Restorative Yoga is a deeply relaxing style of yoga, in mostly reclining poses, supported by props such as bolsters and blankets, to allow the body and mind to completely relax. It is a slow, meditative practice unlike what most people think yoga is like.

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Yoga and Psychological Well-Being


Some may be wondering why The Temenos Center has been offering Yoga and Meditation as adjuncts to our psychotherapy services. Yoga practices, which include breathing practices (pranayama), posture practices (asana), and meditation (dhyana), are well known to foster physical health and well-being. Less well known is the recently growing research evidence for yoga’s positive effect on mental health. Recent studies have shown yoga practices to be of significant benefit for persons with anxiety, depression, PTSD, addictions, and eating disorders.

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Life Lessons on Grief


By Antoinette Tate, PhD

I thought I knew grief. I’ve said goodbye to grandparents and classmates. I’ve helped clients process their grief. I realize now that I never truly knew what grief was until I lost my best friend.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross identified 5 stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. She provided us with a language to understand the universal experience of grief. Though her model identifies these states as “stages”, the experience is not linear. We do not experience them in order.

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Psychotherapy Works


By Frank Schwoeri PhD

An opinion piece in Sunday’s New York Times by a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill- Cornell Medical College (Richard A. Friedman, “Psychiatry’s Identity Crisis”, July 19, 2015) extols the value of psychotherapy, and deplores psychiatry’s leaders “turning their backs on psychotherapy and psychotherapy research”. Psychiatry as a profession has gone in a decidedly biological and drug-oriented direction in the past couple of decades; it’s hard to find a psychiatrist trained in the last 15 or 20 years who still does much talk therapy. So even though he describes himself as “ a psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist who loves neuroscience”, Dr. Friedman nonetheless points out that “psychotherapy has been shown in scores of well-controlled clinical trials to be as effective as psychotropic medications” for many common psychological problems.

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Mid-life: A Time of Opportunity


By Pat Duffy, LCSW

Mid-life today is not what it was 30 or 40 years ago. We have better health and can expect to live a longer life than our mothers and grandmothers. In 1900 a women’s average life expectancy was 47 years. In 1993 it was 75 years. Now in the 21st century, it is approaching 80, with some arguing that we should plan to live until 100. If we get stuck in a traditional view of mid-life as a period of decline after our youth, we don’t recognize the opportunities available to us. It is time for us to challenge and question our assumptions about age. It is time for a new model of mid-life.

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HAPPY 15th ANNIVERSARY, TEMENOS!


In late 1999 a meeting of six therapists was held in Dr. Frank Schwoeri’s Moorestown office on Third and Church Streets. At that first meeting we decided to become partners and to name our group the Temenos Center.

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Book Review: The Evil Hours


A biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Review by Frank J. Schwoeri PhD

One of the best books I’ve ever read about trauma and PTSD just came out in 2015, “The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” by David J. Morris. It’s not written by a clinician or researcher, but by a professional writer, former Marine officer, and Iraq war correspondent, who himself has PTSD. It is extraordinarily well-written and well-researched; he has educated himself in the history, theories, and most up-to-date research studies, reporting on them in a very accessible yet detailed and scientifically astute manner (The endnotes are extensive and worthy of an academic textbook). But what makes the book especially compelling reading is his way of interweaving the science with personal accounts of his own experience and that of others he’s interviewed.

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Understanding PTSD & Psychological Trauma:


An Educational Seminar for Spouses, Families and Trauma Survivors

Presented by Frank Schwoeri, PhD

If you or a loved one has PTSD, you know how it can cause strange and confusing symptoms and behaviors that can be hard to explain or understand. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is now the fourth most common mental health problem in the U.S. , with estimates that eight percent of Americans will have PTSD at some point in their lives. PTSD is very common in military veterans, first responders (police, firefighters, EMT’s, paramedics), and survivors of assault, childhood physical/sexual abuse, and even sometimes medical procedures. Persons with Developmental Trauma, complex PTSD from early childhood events, are often misdiagnosed as having Bipolar Disorder and/or Borderline Personality. PTSD is often complicated by attempts to cope with it through alcohol, drugs, or eating disorders, which can be the most evident problem, but trauma is often the root cause.

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A Healing Meditation for Unpleasant Emotions


by Jane Fox, LCSW

Mindfulness – awareness without judgment – of the sensations in the body can be a first step in developing a meditation practice, and very powerful while feeling difficult emotions. Unpleasant sensations are able to flow unimpeded when we notice them in the body and set our busily-thinking brains aside. The body can metabolize and digest tough emotional content faster and more permanently than our minds, which often stir us up and take us spinning in even more unpleasant and destructive cycles.

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Our Blog: The Labyrinth


Welcome to the TEMENOS Center’s new blog, The Labyrinth. Here we hope to provide you with a lively and varied resource for information on issues relating to mental health by publishing short articles two to four times a month. We look forward to sharing our knowledge, experience, and ongoing learning with you. We will also let you know about upcoming workshops, groups, and other events at the TEMENOS Center. […]

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