Top 10 Reasons to Try Therapy

You are the common denominator in all your relationships; improving yourself is bound to enhance the lives of everyone you meet as well.

Recalling Your Therapy Session

You say goodbye and step out into the world. But by the time your key hits the ignition, it's gone.

Why Do Some Therapists Take Notes In Session?

The notepad is as much a part of the lore of therapy as the clock, the couch, and the bottomless box of Kleenex. But is it really necessary?

Who Doesn't Need Therapy?

If your goal is beyond symptom reduction, more along the lines of wellness, prevention, and improved quality of life, take your time. Therapy can be a wonderful experience.

Terminating Therapy, Part V: Therapist Termination

I can’t act as an apologist for all therapists. It's clear that not all therapists were taught how to provide a good termination, and even if they were, not all practice it.

How to Confront

Psychological and medical research is filled with data supporting the idea that holding a grudge has negative long-term consequences. It’s better to endure five minutes of stress than months or years of resentment.

How Long is Too Long in Psychotherapy?

Therapy helps, but can there be too much of a good thing? Is long-term therapy a cause for concern?

Psychology Graduate Students in Therapy

If you're about to embark on a profession where your own psyche is a primary tool, you should spend some time in the other chair. But don't expect it to be easy.

8 More Reasons to Go to Therapy

A recent Huffington Post article pointed out eight warning signs that warrant a trip to the therapist. But isn't therapy about more than just treating disorders?

Laughter in Therapy

Laugh away in your therapy sessions, but ask yourself if you’re laughing to avoid your issues or laughing your way through them.

Psychotherapy Appointment Time

When is the best time of day for therapy? Is your therapy dollar better spent morning, noon, or night? Or is it about something other than the clock?

Happy Pruning Day

On Christmas Eve Eve, otherwise known as Pruning Day, we pause to reflect upon all the crap we've accumulated through the year, and get rid of it.

Psychotherapy Has an Image Problem, Part II

Today is the second annual National Psychotherapy Day, a day for therapists, clients, and therapy advocates to promote the profession, fight therapy stigma, support CMHCs, and spread therapy research.

Psychotherapy Has an Image Problem, Part I

If therapy seems like a waste of time, money, and effort, people will take the pill instead. Or suffer in silence.

Photo Albums in Therapy

The meat and potatoes of therapy will always be talking about current thoughts and feelings, but an occasional shift can invigorate the work and give a new perspective.

Four Things Medication Can't Teach You

A good course of psychotherapy can provide the benefits of medication without physical side effects, and the results remain far beyond the end of therapy.

When Your Therapist Cries

Has your therapist cried in session? How did you experience it? Did it improve your relationship or create more distance?

What About Group Therapy?

Do those classic group therapy experiences, those raw, in-your-face dynamic groups, still exist?

Forgiveness vs. Reconciliation

Many people believe forgiveness is the same as reconciliation. They're related, but not the same.

Yalom on Therapy and Meaning

Irvin Yalom shares his thoughts on training in clinical programs and engaging meaninglessness in life. Not that the two are related or anything.

Overrated/Underrated in Psychotherapy

Therapy is so broad and complex it can be hard to distinguish the essential from the expendable. Let's give it a shot.

A Psychotherapy Wish List

After more than a century as a profession, psychotherapy is in need of a little remodeling. In this season of lists and resolutions, I decided to come up with ten wishes for the therapy profession as a whole.

What If Your Therapist "Hates" You?

You’re opening up your life to a stranger, hoping your concerns will be accepted and understood. When you instead perceive judgement and scorn, the safe space of therapy becomes treacherous.

Royal Hysteria! Is Hyperemesis Psychosomatic?

"Ten to twenty years ago, peer-reviewed medical journals espoused theories suggesting Hyperemesis Gravidarum as a means of avoiding sex to being an unconscious wish to orally expel the fetus."

Happy National Psychotherapy Day

Today, clinicians, clients, and therapy advocates unite to promote the profession, fight stigma, educate the public, and draw attention to the needs of community mental health. Who cares?

How To Give Feedback to Your Therapist

National Psychotherapy Day invites you to give feedback to your therapist. After all, you are your therapist’s boss.

Happy Thanaversary: The Day of Passage

For those who lost a parent when they were children, the parent's age at death takes on special significance — especially as they grow closer to that age.

Seven Mistakes Therapy Clients Make

Equal time here. I read the riot act to therapists a couple weeks ago, pointing out several ways they sabotage their career and hasten burnout. Clients, now it’s your turn. Want a brief, disappointing stint in psychotherapy? No problem. Follow these seven simple rules.

How About a National Psychotherapy Day?

Let’s try it. We’ll pick a date, say, two months away, on September 25th, and call it National Psychotherapy Day. It will be both an awareness day and a day of giving. Why? It seems to me that psychotherapy has a few problems we might want to address.

Seven Mistakes Therapists Make

Want a brief, disappointing career as a psychotherapist? No problem. Follow these seven simple rules.

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