About Judith Barr

Judith Barr has been a depth psychotherapist in private practice for over 30 years. Her unique and innovative work helps people make a connection between our own individual relationships and experiences, and the state of our nation and our world. Judith has helped many see how their relationship with such things as money, power, fear, elections, grief, healthcare, themselves and others has had a communal impact greater than they ever imagined. She offers her healing expertise in an array of formats: working with individuals, groups, workshops, consultations for the public, and training and supervision for healing professionals. Through her book Power Abused, Power Healed, her dozens of articles for both professionals and the general public, her blog PoliPsych and her blog on Huffington Post, and her speaking engagements, media appearances and teleconferences, Judith teaches about how we can help heal the misuse and abuse of power in all arenas of life – from the inside out – and how we can help to create sustainable safety in our world.

Football, Elections, And War

The Super Bowl was February 5 this year. Did you pay attention to the responses some people had watching it on T.V.?  “Kick ‘im in the head.” “Squash ‘im into the ground.” Followed by lots of four-letter words, yelling at the players, and throwing things across the room.  And did you listen closely to some of the talk in the stands? “Kill ’em!”  “Take ’em out!” “Crush ’em!” This kind of behavior at sporting events, especially football games, is common. Violence spreads like a disease to the fans, and even viewers who aren’t fans. The talk is violent. The feelings are violent. And sometimes the behavior is even violent. This violence during a sporting event is normalized in our society. … Continue reading

In The Land of Violation And Healing

A few days ago, I watched an interview with Angela Jolie about her new movie – first directed movie – In the Land of Blood and Honey. I was so deeply moved to witness her talking about wanting to open a discourse about the rape of women used as a weapon of war. It’s a much welcomed yet long overdue open conversation. I truly hope it helps bring the problem into awareness of our world and to heal the wounds that cause it and are caused by it. Here in the U.S. we may agree that the rape of women as a weapon of war is horrible. Yet we have done our own atrocious acts as part of our participation … Continue reading

How to Help Yourself and Those You Love Through the 9/11 Anniversary with the Added Terror Threats in D.C. and N.Y.

Although I’ve already written about the mistakes we made after 9/11/2001 and what we need to do differently . . . in two previous posts* . . . with the added factor of current threats for this weekend, I want to help you help yourself and those you love ahead of time. So here’s a short post to begin the process, and you can also refer to the other posts to help you understand further and go deeper. As we go into the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we are all having memories of that day and the shock, grief, and terror we felt. But what most of us don’t know, is that we’re also having memories of anything in our … Continue reading

Our Media Has Such an Opportunity to Really Help This September 11th . . . But Will They?

As we approach and move through the 10th anniversary of September 11th, our media has such an opportunity to help. To help every single one of us and to help our families, communities, and country.  But the media won’t fulfill that potential if they only address the experience people had on September 11, 2001 and the experiences they’ve had individually and communally in our world since that day. There are some very responsible media people who have done courageous investigations filled with integrity. But I haven’t seen, heard, or read any of them talk about the inner war on terror. . . and its roots. What a huge service the media could do for us all if it would help … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Norway . . . Don’t Make the Mistake We Made

I had been planning to write a post with the heart of the one below in honor of September 11th, ten years later. But after the tragedy in Norway on the 22nd, I know the time is now. Dear citizens of Norway . . . My heartfelt empathy is with you as you mourn the attacks – whatever the source – on your country, your people, your children, your democracy, your peace, your safety! From my experience on and after September 11, 2001, and from being witness to the experiences of others at that time as well . . . I can just imagine what is going on within you in response. Mourning is a very complicated process. Grief compounded … Continue reading