Retired Physician and Emeritus Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
To all future clients:
I first became interested in the mind-body problem while I was the medical admitting doctor at the acute inpatient psychiatric unit of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC, which position I held for over 20 years.
It is common knowledge that a mind under stress will make the body hurt or become dysfunctional in various manners, such as irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, backaches, muscle tensions, chest spasms, and TMJ syndrome. The stressed mind also lowers your pain threshold, interferes with your ability to initiate and/or enjoy sex, and makes you gain or lose an excessive amount of weight. You may even have difficulty in getting out of bed in the morning. The greatest source of stress, of course, comes from doing on a repetitive basis something that you emotionally do not want to do, but feel compelled to do by society, your family, or your parents. The minute you say "I should do this" instead of "I am doing this because I want to", you are responding to outside, ego-dystonic pressures.
I will be acting as your guide to help you to function more freely, and feel less burdened by life, to feel more like a butterfly and less like a caterpillar, and to get more joy from each and every day. I will help you to be more efficient and productive at home, at school and at work. By helping you to become fully comfortable with your inner self, your everyday mind stress will decrease.
I would like you to look forward to getting out of bed in the morning, to get more enjoyment from being yourself as well as from your relationships, and not to spend psychic energy on displaced anger, so that you can regain your spiritual harmony with the universe.
Insofar as tutoring is concerned, I was one of the original instructors in the Saturday morning Science Honors Program at Columbia University ("Motz for Tots") where we taught mathematics and science to intellectually gifted NYC junior high and high school students. After that, throughout medical school and my medical residency, I taught in the evening adult School of General Studies at Columbia University. My various classes taught were Physics for Poets, Biology for Poets, and Physiology for Poets, all of which involved teaching the scientific method to adults who felt they would have difficulty learning any scientific topic.
Dr. Robin O. Motz