The Currency of Our Stories

“Expanding the circle of affection.” -Einstein My Godfather and namesake, the wonderful actor, Bradford Dillman (who I lovingly refer to as The Old Wrangler) and my father, Pete Bancroft, are now 86 years old. These two men have been close friends for 68 years. They...

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Music Performance as Therapy

I adore my work at the VA (The Veterans Administration) and I love being in that community. Everyone is cordial and respectful to each other, part of the honor of having served. And yet, even though I did not serve this country as they did, they know I am serving them...

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The Flipper Song

One Child’s Technique for Dealing with Nightmares I loved the Flipper Song when I was a little boy. I never actually knew the words to the song, but I sang it a lot in the middle of the night as protection. Most of the time it worked. When I was about 6 or so, we...

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Compassion, Kindness and Humor:

One Therapist’s First Experience on Working with the Mentally Challenged I’ll tell you a funny story. I got “bamboozled”, many years ago, into working with my first group of mentally challenged patients at our local community outreach center. I am a Creative Arts...

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The Client as Therapist

DRAMA THERAPY IN A ONE ON ONE SESSION             I had a sense of what was going on in him before he entered the office; anxious, ashamed, full of doubt and self loathing. We hadn’t seen each other in awhile, but had been working a long...

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The Effects of a Smile

Have you ever wondered what the effect of a smile has on people? Have you ever noticed what happens when you smile at a total stranger? My wife and I were down at the Hermosa Beach Fiesta over the weekend at a gigantic open air market in which we had set up a booth to...

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