Seven Questions for John Gray

This week's installment features John Gray, Ph.D., author of the Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus series that has sold over 40,000,000 books. The Seven Questions project asks the same seven psychotherapy-related questions to influential therapists: prominent historical figures, top officers in the professional associations and popular authors. I welcome Dr. Gray, one of the best selling authors of all time.

Seven Questions for Nada Stotland

The Seven Questions project continues with Nada Stotland, M.D., M.P.H., President of the American Psychiatric Association and authority on women's health issues.

Seven Questions for Donald Meichenbaum

The project kicks off with Cognitive Behavior Therapy co-founder Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., voted one of the 10 most influential therapists of the 20th century.

The Seven Questions Project: Introduction

Let's see what happens when I present the same seven questions to big names in the world of psychotherapy.

Therapist Burnout

This blog is the user's guide to psychotherapy, but after reading the results of PT's therapist survey I feel a need to address my fellow therapists. Several respondents requested information on preventing and treating therapist burnout. I'll take a crack at this professional conundrum and include some tips for clients of burnt out therapists.

Terminating Therapy, Part IV: How to Terminate

It's time to terminate the series on psychotherapy termination. This post gives clients practical steps to ensure a good ending.

Terminating Therapy, Part III: The Not-Quite-Ideal Termination

Part I of this series covered the merits of the termination phase. Part II described the ideal circumstances for termination. But not all therapy reaches the final chapter. Today I'll look at some of the non-ideal reasons people leave therapy.

Terminating Therapy, Part II: The Ideal Termination

Part I of my miniseries on termination covered the value of a good ending in therapy and reasons why both therapists and clients sometimes avoid it. Today I begin diving into the reasons why and when therapy should end.

Terminating Therapy, Part I: What, Why, How?

"Termination" is clinical jargon for the last phase of therapy. It has its own fancy term and deserves five posts because it's that important. In fact, for some it's the most profoundly healing, meaningful and transformative phase of therapy. But many clients split before they're able to reap the benefits of a good termination.

Can We Talk About Disability?

We here at PT have some fine blogs on health, integrative medicine and pain, but nothing addressing physical disability in general. With 12% to 20% of the population qualifying as disabled I think the subject is worth a few posts. I hope to kick start some dialogue by interviewing Dr. Galen Buckwalter: scientist, punk vocalist, quadriplegic and star of the PBS documentary Rolling.

The Last Minute Bomb in Therapy

With only one minute remaining, the client discloses something huge. How to understand, manage and prevent Last Minute Bombs (LMBs).

Is Psychotherapy Dying?

A recent AP article suggests psychotherapy is on its way out. I'll debunk that notion and give you five reasons why I believe it'll be around a while.

Confidence Shaken: Therapy, Confidentiality and Earthquakes

July 29th at 11:42am Pacific Time, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California. This being L.A., there were probably 1000+ people in therapy sessions who were shaken out of their chair. What thoughts raced through therapist's minds?

Say Anything

Therapy is one place you can talk about anything you want. There's no need to censor yourself, be overly polite or avoid conflict. Still, many clients have a lot to say and don't. Why?

Shouldn’t psychotherapy make me feel good?

A common misunderstanding about therapy is that it's supposed to help us feel better each week. Many equate psychotherapy with the day spa where we enter with tension and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. But we don't always feel better; sometimes we feel worse.

Fundamentals of Therapy #3: The First Session

We've covered who goes to therapy and how to find a therapist, so welcome to your initial appointment. I hope to demystify what can be an anxiety provoking experience and help get your treatment off to a good start.

Small Talk in Therapy

You don't have to make small talk with your therapist, so why bother?

Therapy Constipation

What to do when you feel blocked in therapy.

Deciphering Psychologese

We can thank (or blame) modern psychology for the dumpster full of jargon that has seeped into our everyday language.

The Many Hats of the Psychotherapist

Is a therapist like a physician? A psychic? My parents? Who is this person?

Give a Man a Fish...

Why wouldn't a therapist give advice?

Shrinks Are People Too: When Life Happens to a Therapist

As I write this, 500+ acres in the mountains surrounding my home are aflame. 1000 people have been evacuated, myself included. What a perfect opportunity to discuss the topic of therapeutic objectivity.

Fundamentals of Therapy #2: Finding a Therapist

Choosing a therapist is no easy task - you need to gather all the info you can, but ultimately trust your gut.

Fundamentals of Therapy #1: Who Goes?

Before addressing how clients can get the most from their therapy, we should cover some basics: who goes to therapy, how to find a therapist and the roles/rules/boundaries of therapy. We'll start with who goes to therapy, and why.

Power to the People

It's time to level the playing field. Therapists have had the upper hand in this psychotherapy gig long enough - this blog will help clients make the most of their time, effort and dollar.