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.

A Client's Guide to Transference

"I can't help but notice the irony: the thing I am supposed to talk about is what is preventing me from talking about it."

Swearing in Therapy

I’m not trying to incite a vulgarity revolution, but I do support the battle against defenses and inhibitions, especially in the therapy office. Sometimes that internal censor just needs to back the fudge off.

Ten Tips to Energize Your Therapy

You feel like therapy is stuck in a rut, but you don't want to quit. What can you do?

Eye Contact in Therapy Part II

Maybe therapy is the first place where care, understanding, non-judgmental acceptance and even a desire to fight for you is reflected in the eyes of the other.
Eye Contact in Therapy, Part I

Eye Contact in Therapy, Part I

If the eyes are the window to the soul, and you don't feel particularly safe showing your soul, you'll draw the blinds.

How to Cry in Therapy

There is group who truly want to cry but cannot. Or maybe they can cry when they’re alone, but not with other people. Or just not in therapy. The emotion is there, the desire is there, but they’re blocked. They’re emotionally constipated.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Buddhism

Today I give thanks for the twelfth of twelve VRT interviews. I'm pleased to present Buddhist psychologist and author of "The Lost Art of Compassion," Dr. Lorne Ladner.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Christian Psychology

71% of Americans identify as Christian (Gallup, 2009), and many want psychotherapy that will understand and support their beliefs. Enter Christian psychology. Today we hear from Mark McMinn, a leader in contemporary Christian psychotherapy.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Twelve Step Spirituality

Most twelve step groups acknowledge a "Higher Power" as a central component of recovery. The outspoken Rabbi Rami Shapiro shares one perspective on this form of spirituality.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Secular Humanism

Huh?! What's humanism doing in a discussion of religious therapy? Fellow PT blogger Leon Seltzer shows us why a series like this needs the humanist perspective.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Biblical Counseling

Some Christians prefer biblical counseling when faced with emotional and relational issues. Come hear more about it from David Powlison, one of the pioneers in the field.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: African Spirituality

The VRT continues with the viewpoint from an expert on the religious tradition of the Yoruba people of West Africa.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormonism)

At the halfway point of the VRT series we take a look at one Mormon psychologist's approach to psychotherapy and church counseling.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Hinduism

The VRT continues with a brief but poignant discussion of Hindu psychotherapy with Dr. V. George Mathew, founder of Holigrative Psychology.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Islam

We continue the VRT series with an interview with Muslim psychologist Hanan Dover from Sydney, Australia.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Catholicism

What does Catholic psychotherapy look like? Look at one perspective as the VRT series continues with a contribution from the founder of an orthodox Catholic psychology graduate school and her esteemed colleagues.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Native American Spirituality

Is it possible to integrate Native American healing methods with modern medicine and psychotherapy? The second entry in the VRT series features Lakota and Cherokee physician and psychologist Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Judaism

Welcome to the first of a dozen interviews about the integration of religion and psychotherapy. We begin with a look at Jewish psychotherapy through the eyes of 2009 Israel Prize recipient Mordechai Rotenberg.
The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Introduction

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Introduction

Psyche means soul. Many psychotherapists don’t know that. Some build an entire career around it. Join me for a blog series featuring twelve experts discussing their approach to psychotherapy based in twelve different religious traditions.

Is Your Therapist's Personal Life Confidential?

Introducing the mailbag, a place where readers ask me to write about topics they want to read instead of the junk I've been writing.