Phone Therapy


"In the silence I could feel the air slip in and out of his lungs and the moment when the motion reversed, like a goldfish making the turn at the glass end of its tank..."

Any Good Poem

Richard Berlin, MD, shares a poem by Ellen Bass, Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets: "Phone Therapy." The poem caught Dr Berlin's eye when the 988 Suicide and Crisis Prevention hotline went live a few months ago.

Dr Berlin has been writing a poem about his experience of being a doctor every month for the past 24 years in Psychiatric Times™ the “Poetry of the Times” column. He is instructor in psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts. His latest book is Freud on My Couch. 

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