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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Art Therapy and Social Media

Social networking platforms are technically not "tools" found in a proverbial digital art therapy toolbox-- or are they?
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Authoritarian Parent, Childhood (and Adult) Depression

Growing up with an authoritarian parent (or authoritarian grandparent, sibling, etc.) can cause childhood depression--and lifelong depression, too.

Mass Shooting and the Myth of the Violent Mentally Ill

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Minding the Mind
Are mass shooters mentally ill? We should not assume that they are.

What Can You Do for Adolescents Exposed to Traumatic Events?

Trauma & Grief-Focused Group Therapy may provide adolescents a shared outlet for healing.
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7 Steps to Changing Your Narcissistic Responses

If you know you are narcissistic and want to change, you can find a better way to deal with the issues that trigger your rage.

11 Reasons Women Have Difficulty with Orgasm, and What Helps

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on February 17, 2018 in ExperiMentations
Up to half of women report difficulty with orgasm. Research identifies barriers to sexual pleasure, and provides guidance on how to enjoy intimate experiences more fully.

The Sleeper’s Dilemma

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 16, 2018 in Home Base
Skipping sleep can hurt your cognitive abilities--and even increase your heart disease and Alzheimer's disease risk down the road. Here's what to know and what you can do about it.

Revisiting Child Psychoanalysis

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on February 16, 2018 in Child in Mind
When a young child struggles, listening to parent and child together can lead to new levels of intimacy, understanding, and growth.

Can You Change Someone Else by Changing Yourself?

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on February 16, 2018 in In Practice
Cognitive therapy tips applied to relationship problems.
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Why Do Anxiety and High Blood Pressure Go Hand-In-Hand?

Feeling anxious? Concerned about high blood pressure? Maybe one treatment can ease both, and without medications. Here's over a dozen options.

Is "Evidence-Based" Off Base?

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on February 15, 2018 in In Therapy
Is our evidence-based therapy bias hurting or helping? An interview with Dr. Enrico Gnaulati.

What Makes Us Think Such Negative Things About Ourselves?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Tired of always beating up on yourself? Identify the core beliefs that drive self-loathing, and work toward making friends with yourself starting today.

The Very Best Valentine Gift You Can Give to Anyone

Want to enjoy sustained loving relationships? To give a Valentine's Day —or Post-Valentine's Day—gift with impacts that will last year-round?

What Exactly Is True Adult Intimacy?

By John Kim, LMFT on February 13, 2018 in The Angry Therapist
Have you experienced true adult intimacy?

Rethinking Therapy

By Shainna Ali Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in A Modern Mentality
Three TED Talks you need to watch if you're thinking about starting therapy.

What Political System Rules Your Psyche?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on February 13, 2018 in Feeling Our Way
Since we are not unitary selves, but an assortment of response repertoires, emotions, and goals, we need some system of government to secure the blessings of liberty.

What Psychologists Do and Don't Look Like

A new survey indicates that psychologists are not as diverse as the clients they serve. But the cultural relevance of psychotherapy is more important than psychologist ethnicity.

The Benefits of Clown Therapy

Recent research suggests that "birthing" your inner clown can be therapeutic.

How Psychoanalysis Helps: Part 2

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on February 11, 2018 in Beyond Freud
A major tool utilized in a psychodynamic therapy is what is labeled as addressing or analyzing the transference.

How Psychoanalysis Helps

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on February 11, 2018 in Beyond Freud
Why do people seek a talking treatment?

Is Online Therapy Worth the Money?

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on February 10, 2018 in Between the Lines
How good is the help when it's a phone call away?

Therapist's Corner: When to Refer for Eating Disorders

Avoidance of talking about the food component is avoidance of what is needed to fully recover.

Adolescent Psychotherapy: Worth a Try?

By Deborah Offner Ph.D. on February 08, 2018 in Progress Report
Does your teenager want to see a therapist? It's probably a good call.
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Who to Turn to When You Need to Talk

If you are one who trusts easily and quickly, consider the possibility that this may work against you rather than for you.

Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Treatment of EDs

What do psychoanalytic approaches to the treatment of eating disorders have to contribute?

How Do You Know When Your Depression Is Improving?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Like the change in seasons, it's hard to know definitively when depression has lifted. Here are eight signs to look for.

Leading a Bereavement Group for 9/11 Widows

Instead of ending after 16 weeks, the support group kept going for 41 months.

The Fear of Missing Out and the Courage to Go In

The fear of missing out is prevalent in our society. What is the remedy?

Frightening Episodes of Child Abuse

I was thinking about the torture parents, David and Louise Turpin and their thirteen children, and Larry Nassar, the pedophile doctor who preyed on hundreds of innocent girls.

Caring Universities

Mental disorders are increasing at colleges worldwide.