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.

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Chris Cornell’s Life and Death: Suicide Is Not Painless

We don’t know the depth of people’s suffering, the silent struggles they daily endure.

Straight Life Cycle/Queer Life

A psychotherapy vignette about navigating traditional milestones as a gay man.
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The Catastrophic Effects of Mental Health Stigma

Transforming mental health in America. We have a long way to go.
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What's Up with Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is as malignant as cancer, says Robert Post.
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Seligman on Tour

Is "prospection" the newest and holiest of grails in psychology? Seligman: "Yes." We: "No."

Medication For Life

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on May 20, 2017 in Beyond Freud
Some people need medication to live. Are others put on unneeded medication for life?

When You're Not Sure Therapy and Self-Help Is Working

Sometimes we are not sure the hard work on ourselves is paying off. It's important to trust the process.

When It’s Hard to Forgive: Five Suggestions for You

Do not quickly abandon the forgiveness process once you begin. Consider these ideas for your healing.

How Trauma Impacts Us

Hold onto your dreams.
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10 Keys to Recovery

The must-haves for recovery from mental illness or addiction.

Are Therapists Just Rent-a-Friends?

If you had real friends, some people say, you wouldn’t need a therapist. Is psychotherapy really just a substitute for friendship or is there more to it?

Find Out What Really Happens in Couples Therapy

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
Until now, the only way to find out what really happens in a couples therapy session is to go to couples therapy with your partner. That is about to change.

Couples Therapy: 15 Essentials That the Best Therapists Do

If you are a therapist, to what extent do you follow these guidelines? If you are choosing a therapist, or evaluating whether to stay with one you've been with, here's help.

Fathering Fosters Virtuous Aggression

David Hicks explores masculine aggression in a new novel, White Plains, that is engaging, insightful, and funny.

Talking to the Doctor’s Family

Aren't sure if your suicide risk assessment meets the standard of care? Talk to the family.

First Responders and Mental Health

We must not delay responding to our first responders.

Connecticut Bans Conversion Therapy for LGBT Youth

By Jack Turban MD MHS on May 12, 2017 in Political Minds
Connecticut makes it illegal to practice conversion therapy on gay or transgender youth.

When You Suspect Your Kid has a Substance Abuse Problem

If you find evidence that your child is using drugs or alcohol, here are some suggestions about how to take the next step and talk to your child.

Superhero Therapy—Healing through fiction

Do you enjoy reading fiction, watching fantasy or science fiction TV shows, or reading Superhero comics? What if these have a potential to help us better manage our mental health?

Why Donald Trump Could Benefit From LSD Therapy

Research shows just one psychedelic therapy session can be a transformative experience that changes perspectives and reframes life priorities. What could it do for Donald Trump?

Why You Might Have Low Self-Esteem and How to Cure That

When you believe the lie from others that you are worth less than the rest, then you sometimes believe it. Don’t.
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The Creative Process of Psychotherapy

Effective psychotherapy is a mutual creative process between therapist and patient.

Why Being Yourself Is Not Good Advice

It seems like a great idea to be yourself. But what does it actually mean to lead an authentic life? There are three parts to authenticity.

Do People Decide What to Do?

If you don’t pay close attention, it can seem as if the football announcer is causing the players to do what they do.

The American College of Pediatricians Is an Anti-LGBT Group

By Jack Turban MD MHS on May 08, 2017 in Political Minds
A small but clever group created a legit-sounding name and spread false reports with the potential to harm LGBT youth.

Five Counterintuitive Ways to Benefit From Psychotherapy

Are you running out of ways to make therapy more useful? Try these approaches.

Should You Visit an Anger Room?

Is it helpful to engage in destruction in order to manage our anger?

Are All Therapies Equally Effective?

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on May 06, 2017 in Think Well
It's increasingly believed, especially in academia, that all psychological therapies are basically equivalent. Here's why that's an absurd notion, and two other therapy myths.

Don't Let Them Suffer Alone

Can psychotherapy help women in a low-income, Muslim-majority country? The women think so.

Should Therapists Self-Disclose?

To self-disclose or not to self-disclose: that is the controversial question.