Psychotherapy in the Coffee Shop

Published on May 27, 2013

I do many of my psychotherapy sessions in the coffee shop. That may sound surprising and even strange to you. Especially, if you're the traditional type who dislikes innovation or "outside the box." But it does work. I've witnessed a lot of people heal and move on in the coffee shop!

As you ponder about this innovation, you may be picturing yourself having a cup of coffee. You get familiar with the difference between a latte and an espresso, a cappucino and a frappucino. You keep coming back to the coffee shop as a popular meeting place, a social hub.

My work as a psychotherapist seems to have a synergistic relationship with the natural social hub of the coffee shop. Coffee, while processing life's issues, provides an excuse for - and a spur to - our need for relaxed interaction in the ebb and flow of life. This seems acutely sensed and present in the "small world" nature of society in the coffee shop.

The essayist Floyd Maxwell once declared coffee a "creative lighter fluid" that has psychological/cognitive benefits. Historically, the cup of coffee is inextricably linked with images of intellectual and creative endeavours, among doctors, philosophers, businessmen, and politicians. Recent psychological findings reveal that coffee enhances the ability to solve problems as well as the interaction of coffee and personality/emotional type. Drs. Wegner and Weldon (1991, 2001) writes that the coffee shop has become a community place that allows "collective memory retrievable" and distributed cognitions as people meet in pairs or groups.

Indeed, this "love affair of people with coffee" has implications for psychotherapy and psychological treatment. Just as coffee and coffee shops permeate society and our brains, so the effects of coffee and coffee shops are also found at areas where psychotherapists are most concerned with - cognitive, social, emotional, clinical, neurophysiological, and even spiritual.


Category(s):Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Happiness, Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

Written by:

Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist

Dr. Angelo Subida is a clinical psychotherapist, author, and speaker. He is author of books "Inner Healing," "Secrets Of Your Self," "Chess and Life," among others, blogs, and articles. He has appeared frequently as an expert on psychotherapy/life recovery issues on national television, radio broadcasts, print media, and webcasts, including GMA 7, TV 5, ABS CBN 2, Q-11, 700 Club, Radyo Veritas, Inquirer Radio, Smart Parenting Magazine, Business Mirror, among others, and has served as resident therapist/counselor for parents and kid-artists in the highly popular ABS-CBN 2 Voice Kids TV singing reality show. Dr. Subida is an eclectic, multidisciplinary therapist and originator of his own revolutionary high-tech, high-touch counseling plus model. His areas of specialization include parent-child therapy, clinical infidelity treatment, relationship/marital counseling, separation/divorce therapy, anger management, depression, addictions, psychotherapy-spirituality integration, and innovative chess therapy. For more of Dr. Subida, you can find him at www.drsubida.com.

Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist belongs to Dr. Angelo Subida Psychotherapy Clinic in Philippines

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