What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the practice of spending time with a trained therapist to help diagnose and treat mental and emotional problems. Therapy can take various forms—cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, or a combination of these—but at the center of each is the caring relationship between a mental health professional and a patient.

Recent posts on Therapy

Mental Health Principles from the Wisdom of Psychotherapy

In thinking about a value system based on psychotherapeutic principles, I began to consider some guidelines that might be of value for achieving a freer, more satisfying existence.
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Hey Doc, I’m Not Crazy! Part II

Mental health and physical health are linked more than you know.

Superhero Therapy: A Book to Help Your Inner Hero

In her book Superhero Therapy, Janina Scarlet shows that a fear or weakness does not make a hero any less heroic, and that we all can be heroes both for ourselves and for others.

Separation Theory

Early interpersonal pain, separation anxiety, and death anxiety lead to the formation of powerful psychological defenses that limit a person’s capacity for living and feeling.

Why the Opioid Commission Recommendations Will Fail America

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on August 15, 2017 in Sure Recovery
The recent White House Opioid Commission's Interim Report could have negative effects. My recommendations can help avoid that.

Love and Fear in Parenting

Parenting is my greatest adventure, and it is often my greatest source of fear.

There Is No Real Therapy Without Assessment

Therapy is ongoing assessment and assessment is ongoing case formulation.

How Men Really Feel about Sex

Sex begins in the body. While women’s desire for sex may be prompted by their mind, memory or emotional feelings of connection, for men, desire is physical...

Diluting the Gold of Analysis

Not all psychotherapies are created equal.

Music Is Good for the Soul, and Your Health

Study after study has found that music therapy has a positive effect on a broad range of physical and psychological conditions.
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What Is Mental Illness? Does Trump Have One?

When the term "mentally ill" is used to describe President Trump, is the term being used appropriately?

Two Weaknesses of Forgiving: It Victimizes and Stops Justice

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Do you have thoughts about forgiveness that stop you from forgiving? You might want to carefully examine these thoughts to be sure you are not blocking yourself from healing.

Preserving Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance System

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The New Normal
Prevention is cheaper than the cure.

Barriers Prevent Soldiers From Seeking Psychological Help

Soldiers might face consequences for speaking up about mental health challenges.
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MRI Scans are Transforming Autism Detection and Treatment

What are the benefits of earlier autism detection? It can allow the most appropriate treatment to be delivered at a time when a child could benefit the most.

Keep on a Happy Face

Is feeling sad or depressed so socially unacceptable that we must pretend to be happy?

Teen Therapy Without Parental Consent

Should adolescents be able to consent to initial mental health treatment without their parents? On this issue, state laws are all over the place.

Will New Brain Research Revolutionaize Mental Health Care?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Can therapy rewire your brain? Can brain differences predict therapy outcomes? Can brain differences diagnose psychological disorders?
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30 Reasons You May Need a Grief Therapist

Are you stuck in your grief?

Five Obstacles Men Overcome to Accept Mental Health Problems

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Wondering how men come to accept a mental health problem? Check out this post about a few common challenges.
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Overdosed America

How did the U.S. become a nation involved in a prescription opioid epidemic?

Do You Get Exhausted in Crowds?

Do you get exhausted in crowds? You may be an empath

Obstacles to Mental Health Care in Auto Accident Cases

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in The New Normal
Battlefront Michigan for quality of life

Three Signs Your Teen Needs Therapy

Red flags that demand attention.

Therapy Dogs for Homesick College Students?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in Animals and Us
Over 900 colleges and universities now have animal-assisted therapy programs for homesick and stressed-out students. How well do they work?

Keeping Refugee Children and Teens Safe

Even as we cheer for George and Amal Clooney's commitment to schools for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, let's remember the mental health needs of refugee children everywhere.

Narcissism and Capacity for Change

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in In It Together
Might some narcissists benefit from therapy?

Navigating Abuse by the Clergy - Part 2.

Discover how the clergy can play an important role in helping survivors and victims of abuse to heal.

The Myth of Motivation

By Rubin Khoddam on August 01, 2017 in The Addiction Connection
So many of us wait to feel motivated before we do anything. But what we don't realize is that just by taking action, the motivation will follow.

All Things Considered

By Susan Rako M.D. on August 01, 2017 in More Light
How can we help our patients make peace with what they have in life?