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Special Blog Post: Resources for Coping with Mental Health and Covid-19

A word about confidentiality in my blogs. In the following blogs there are numerous examples of clients in therapy struggling, coping and overcoming different mental health issues. I offer them to illustrate points, to add some interesting ideas, to make the whole enterprise of working in therapy become more real for you, the reader. None of the examples use the names of actual clients. So, if you think you see yourself (as a former or current client) or someone you might know (who is a former or current client), I am glad you can relate to the example, but be assured that I have added, removed, and modified some parts of actual client issues to make the situation different to some extent than it really was.

Copyright, Michael Kinzer. Blog entries and other materials available on Jupiter Center’s website are intended to stimulate thoughts and conversations and to supplement therapy work with clients in therapy at Jupiter Center. If you or someone you know suffers from a mental illness, you are strongly encouraged to seek help from a mental health professional. For further information about this blog, or Jupiter Center, contact Michael Kinzer at 612-701-0064 or michael(at)

My Book, Firewalking on Jupiter: A Therapist’s Guide to Fearless Self-discovery

I have many more ideas and writings available in my book.  In fact, many of the chapters in the book are modified versions of previous blog posts on this website. It is available on in both print and Kindle format. This announcement might seem like a shameless plug. I suppose in a way it is. I want people to buy the book because I really think it is pretty good at getting to some of the thorny issues that keep people stuck in difficult places in their lives. It brings most of my previous writings and some new material all together in a single place. It doesn’t need to be read as a “book” because each of the chapters deal with discrete issues like Anger, Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Conflict, Shame, Guilt, Forgiveness and letting go. I hope you will check it out.


Equanimity: Standing firm at the edge of your self

A few years ago, I attended a half-day meditation retreat. I didn’t really know what to expect. I’d been going to this meditation center with some frequency. The center offered a weekly Buddhist-based 12-step support group that gave me some different perspectives on what has now become a tried and true but well-worn path to […]


“Racism…” he thinks, with a long, drawn-out sigh, filled with dread, despair, confusion, anger, sadness, pain, hopelessness. I am not talking about some hypothetical Man of Color. I am talking about me, when I think about racism, which is often, but probably not often enough. Now that I’ve narrowed it down for you, I will […]

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Coping with social isolation during Covid-19

There can be no question that we are facing something almost none of us have ever faced before—a sudden and dramatic change from the way we are used to living our normal lives. I am not saying this to alarm you. I am saying this so you remember that whatever you might be feeling right […]

The benefits of limited self-doubt

Introspection Part 12, Ideals for self-discovery

Introspection Part 11, Ambivalence and balance

Introspection Part 10, Avoiding Narcissism

Introspection Part 9, Being interesting

Introspection Part 8, Self-awareness and being

Introspection Part 7, Intersubjectivity

Introspection Part 6, Self-acceptance

Introspection Part 5, Your inner narrative

Introspection Part 4, Tools for self-discovery

Introspection Part 3, Why do we avoid our inner lives

Introspection Part 2, the value of self-discovery

Introspection Part 1, What is introspection?

Relationship Communication Styles


When does a healthy feeling become unhealthy?

Moral Conviction

Getting unstuck

Grace and post-victim status

Being a victim




Defining Morality

Defiant Morality



Responsibility and blame

The Location of Morality


My Book Firewalking on Jupiter is Available at Amazon

Goal-setting by imagining being “there”

A thought for the Holidays, let others be who they are

Therapy with couples, Part 2, the process

Therapy with couples, deciding on the structure and format

The Power of Tenacity

Therapy, Part 3, the process of therapy (with me)

Therapy Part 2, the kind of therapist I am

Therapy Part 1, what is therapy

Personal Heroes

The Gift of Therapy: My own experiences as a therapy client

Our Christmas Miracle

A Theme for the Holidays: Stay frosty, stay flexible

12-Step Recovery and Therapy, Part III: Using these ideas with clients

12 Step Recovery and Therapy: Part II, my own sobriety

12-Step recovery, Part 1: its influence on my identity

The Relief of Humility: “I am just some guy”

How important is your past in therapy?

Feelings, good and bad, make your choice

A Tribute to Abraham Lincoln

The Holidays are your time too!

Effective Management: Balancing the Key Ingredients

Depression and Anxiety: Flip sides of the same coin, Part 3

Depression and Anxiety: Flip sides of the same coin, Part 2

Depression and Anxiety: Flip sides of the same coin, Part 1

What is “Mental Health?” Part II

What is “mental health,” Part 1

Authenticity–Part 2: Why it is important

Gestalt Prayer by Fritz Perls

ADHD and Therapy: beyond medication

Anxiety–a story of two powerful mistakes

Anger: is it ever a good thing?

Abuse and Self-Love: stop the myth