Sketch of an old footbridge over a stream

The Bridge Between

Exploring dialogue through the lens

of Martin Buber and Contextual Therapy

The Time for Courage

Janet Stauffer

November 1st, 2020

In two days citizens of the USA go to the polls to vote in what has been an extremely polarized and divisive election year. So many are entrenched in “their” side of the vote and aghast that the other...

Becoming Present and Aware

Janet Stauffer

August 24th, 2020

I invite you to take one minute to be quiet. Play the video, feel your breath, hear the sounds, be with the water, find your bench to sit and be. Buber said, "The limits of the possibility...

The Exquisite Dance of Giving and Receiving

Janet Stauffer

March 15th, 2019

He was sitting on a blanket in my office floor surrounded by baby toys and building blocks. Mother handed him a bottle of milk and he drank. He picked up a toy handing it to mother. She received it....

Give Freedom to the Next Generation

Janet Stauffer

June 19th, 2018

I met Bob de Raadt at the International Conference for Contextual Therapy in the Netherlands. His daughter Dorianne de Raadt (author of this story) witnessed a beautiful bridge built between two women...

The Risk

Janet Stauffer

May 21st, 2018

I was drawn to dialogue because I lived too much in a world of function. I was full of longing for deeper connection, for meaning. Yet, I paused a very long time. Function is “safer” where I can...

Re-Action

Janet Stauffer

May 21st, 2018

I arrived at the flight gate before 5:00 a.m. in time to hear the airline attendant announce mechanical failure and the flight had just been cancelled. We would be taken by bus to an airport several...

The Armor

Janet Stauffer

May 21st, 2018

When are you most free to really meet another person? Buber eloquently speaks of the armor we wear to protect ourselves and soon don’t even realize it is there. Rather than protecting us, the armor...