What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the practice of spending time with a psychological professional trained 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

How Do Our Clients Feel About Therapy?

Did you know that therapy is not openly supported within every culture? There are a number of questions that might be beneficial to weave into the early stages of treatment if a client admits that he or she could be judged or ridiculed for getting such support.

What You Didn't Know About that Mad Men Encounter Group

In the last episode of Mad Men, Don Draper's personal growth experience has deep roots in the human potential movement, humanistic psychology, and J.L. Moreno's psychodrama.

Stroke - Aneurysm Awareness: 11 Effective Treatments

In this article, Dr. Diane explains the 11 different integrative methods that she recommends for treating a stroke and/or aneurysm.

Kitchen Therapy: Cooking Up Mental Well-Being

Culinary therapy is the treatment du jour at a growing number of mental health clinics. Here’s why.

What Happens When the Whole Family Plays with Food?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 19, 2015 in Singletons
What to make for dinner? What will the kids eat? How to get everyone to the table for dinner in spite of packed schedules? Challenges worth meeting. Family therapy can be helpful, but family dinner is transformative.

Drugging Traumatized Kids: Lessons for Mental Health Care

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on May 19, 2015 in Child in Mind
Whether a child has experienced major trauma, or more ubiquitous adverse childhood experiences such as parental mental illness, domestic violence, or divorce, protecting space and time to listen to the story in the setting of trusting relationships is central to growth and healing

How Do You Think About Emotional Distress? Take the Survey!

What would happen if we could talk to a professional about the pain we're feeling without being boxed into the illness frame? Or choosing a diagnosis? What would we say? What would we learn? Participate in this national survey and be part of the discovery.

Clergy as Counselor

Clergy are usually the first to know when painful psychological problems come up for people. Michelle Friedman, MD helps us understand the value of religious leadership and what clergy need to learn to fulfill their calling. Good counseling, after all, is also a Godsend. But, it often requires extra training.

To Screen or Not To Screen?

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on May 18, 2015 in In Therapy
Should we keep screens away from kids? Or give them full access and let them work it out? Is there a middle ground?

A Contrast to Psychiatry: The ‘Hearing Voices’ Movement

Those opposed to classical psychiatric models claim that hearing voices may be a normal part of the human experience and that the diagnosis of schizophrenia may be unfounded.

Helping Teenagers who Live in Dysfunctional Families: Part 2

Despite this very real challenge that within dysfunctional families, the fact that parents might be uncooperative or uninvolved in their teenager's treatment, there are issues worth focusing on and ideas that can be processed in therapy.

After the Happily Ever After

Falling in love is often easier than staying in love, but few of us understand how to change that. This post outlines my work with a couple on the brink of calling it quits, feeling there is no tunnel, they wonder how they can see the light? Using principles of Emotionally Focused Therapy this post examines where we go wrong in love and how to begin to fix it.

Fake Your Way to Happiness

The idea that our identities are not set in stone but novels in the making is exhilarating. It grants us freedom, especially if we are depressed, to create a more vital character.

5 Tweaks to CBT

Psychotherapy depends on clients messing up the therapy like they mess up their other relationships.

Vanishing Twin Syndrome: Your Intuition May Be Right

Intuitions can lead you to surprising discoveries. Trust them, and go find out more....including if you have a hunch that you may once have had a long-lost twin.

How to Stop Intimacy Harming, Negative Emotional Language

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on May 09, 2015 in Think Well
Negative emotional language tends to be damaging to relationships because it conveys messages of strong disapproval and criticism. Here is how to recognize it, and switch it to level headed, descriptive language which enhances communication and fosters greater intimacy.

Helping People Find Their Way

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on May 09, 2015 in In Control
The therapist’s job in MOL is to keep clients’ attention on the problem until they find their way home.

What is a 'Clean' Breakup? (And How to Achieve One)

Letting go can be so painful that it's easier to create drama and/or necessitate a fight rather than part ways on amicable terms.

Homosexuality is Not an Addiction

By David J Ley Ph.D. on May 08, 2015 in Women Who Stray
Clinicians and programs who provide conversion or gay reparative therapies are now using a new treatment justification, claiming that homosexuality is an addictive disorder.

Tai Chi in the VA

By Eric Newhouse on May 07, 2015 in Invisible Wounds
Dr. Roger Jahnke has been training instructors throughout the VA in a version of the ancient Asian discipline that he calls Tai Chi Easy. It accommodates all vets, including the disabled, by allowing them to practice it standing, sitting or lying down. Tai Chi promotes relaxation by adjusting body movements, slowing breathing and focusing the mind on the moment.

The Anti-Psychiatry Movement

The 1960s and 1970s saw the growth of the Anti-Psychiatry movement. What was that all about? Where do we stand on some of these issues today?

Healing Corporate Couples

A corporate couple are two people who put their relationship above all others. A psychobiological approach can help these couples in many of the same ways it helps those in romantic relationships.

Helping Teenagers who Live in Dysfunctional Families- Part 1

As teens forge trusting and safe therapeutic relationships with us, opening up and disclosing their deepest thoughts and feelings, we know that after the session they are often returning to environments and interpersonal dynamics that threaten to "undo” the positive work that is happening in our offices.

Gender Pathology

If we constructed a society in which life’s roles were as bifurcated by ear lobes as they are in our culture by genitals, then the first thing parents and grandparents would want to know at birth would be attached or unattached, not boy or girl.

If You Tend to Get Scattered, Check for Adult ADD/ADHD

Children with attention deficits tend to be recognized by parents, pediatricians and teachers. Adult ADD sufferers by contrast often go undiagnosed. Yet adult ADD can destroy relationships at home and at work.

Love your Boss

Can we learn from the psychology of relationships research how to get on much better with our boss? After all she or he can have a very significant effect on your life. It is certainly better to have them as a friend and ally rather than an enemy. So what can you do to improve your relationship?

The Art of Art Therapy Shapeshifting

Shapeshifting, also known as transmorgrification and transformation, is found throughout the realms of myth and folklore. Art therapy, a field that embraces the symbolic world and the process of transformation, has its own shapeshifting tales to tell, too.

Winning the Battle with Inner Criticism

Does inner criticism shake your confidence, make you feel that you are not beautiful, intelligent, powerful, or even worthy? Here's how to make a real difference in your struggle to love yourself.

Mind the Gap

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on April 30, 2015 in Think, Act, Be
We can train our minds to avoid going off track.