Essential Reads

Should We Talk About Religion in Therapy?

Discussing religion may be essential to treating the whole person.

Psychotherapy vs. Medications: The Verdict Is In

What medications can't do for your mental health, psychotherapy can

The Tendency to Smugness in the Culture of Psychology

Clinical implications of APA’s affair with torture

A Service Dog Stops an Autistic From a Self-Harming Meltdown

A dramatic video of a service dog intervening to stop a self-harming episode

Recent Posts on Therapy

Wilderness Therapy

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on July 27, 2015 in Minority Report
Why getting outdoors may be the best medicine for your psychological health. It can not only free you from your daily world of connection but also test you psychologically as you push yourself in your various pursuits.

Do “Autism Parents” Face Increased Stigma for Mental Health?

Despite the fact that mental health is centrally tied to our overall well-being, parents of children with autism may find themselves not only combating the general public’s shared stigma related to mental illness and therapeutic services, but must also contend with additional challenges in overcoming the stigmatization of supporting their own psychological needs.

Do You Know What You Need?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 27, 2015 in Think, Act, Be
Recent research shows that people differ in how well they recognize their own needs, which has important implications for relationships and well-being. Find out how to identify your needs.

Love, Sex, and Pornography

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on July 26, 2015 in Love Doc
Liz sat on the far end of the couch and smiled weakly.”I love Adam and I want to make him happy.” “Uh huh…” I said. Liz continued. “I feel I’m falling short of my goal. I would do next to anything to please Adam. But there are some things I’m not so sure about.”

Is It True That Your Physical Pain Is In Your Mind?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on July 25, 2015 in Off the Couch
“I think there’s something wrong,” Marjorie said. “I feel like I have a urinary tract infection all the time. But the doctor can’t find anything the matter. He says I have an anxiety disorder." A week later, tests showed that she had a UTI. Why hadn't the doctor picked it up before?

Treating Eating Disorders the New-Fashioned Way

The establishment and assuredness of a safe and trusting relationship between patient and therapist prior to making the transition from office to on-line, plus symptoms being well under control or gone, then YES, my experience has shown that continued progress and recovery is possible, particularly for eating disorder patients with underlying anxiety & depression.

The Value of the Therapeutic Relationship — Part One

I have always considered therapy a “gift” and the decision to work with a therapist a proactive sign of self-compassion and courage as well as a healthy statement about one’s desire to learn, grow, and heal. However, for countless people the idea of seeking out therapy and opening up about painful emotions, intimate or shame-based thoughts and behaviors is too daunting, an

Social Anxiety Diminished by Brain Signals and Re-Thinking

Social anxiety and its treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy can be studied with advanced brain imaging. Both the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala are involved.

Should We Talk About Religion in Therapy?

Although therapists recognize the importance of talking about religion, they're still uncomfortable inviting spirituality into the room.

Psychotherapy vs. Medications: The Verdict Is In

Both psychiatrists and psychologists devote their careers to helping people with mental health issues. As promising as neuroscience may be for helping researchers find clues to the brain, the real key to treatment lies in therapy, not drugs. Your best bet is to explore all options when you or your loved ones seek help.

Confirmation Bias and Stigma

Confirmation bias confirms not only expectations about the percept, but also those relating to the kind of world we live in and our role in it.

Beyond Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 21, 2015 in How To Do Life
CBT needs to move from THE Therapy to being just one tool in the tool box.

Writing Your Way Through Emotional Pain

It’s a very simple process and one that you can do totally on your own, but it’s surprising how few people take advantage of this wonderful healing technique.

Sexually Open Marraige

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on July 19, 2015 in Love Doc
“I’m not feeling well. I can’t get going.” Sharon said softly. I remarked, “You seem sad.” Her voice picked up as she said “I am but I don’t understand it. My life is great. I’m married to this wonderful man, have an adorable six year old daughter, a lovely home, and a satisfying career.”

Is it Psychosis or a Spiritual Emergency?

A spiritual emergency is a more contemporary and less clinical term than psychosis. It refers to an awe-inspiring event that transcends the ego and can cause psychological and spiritual transformation. Normalizing and acknowledging the event can result in learning and transformation for both the client and therapist.

Open Dialogue: A New Approach to Mental Healthcare

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 12, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Guest blog by British psychiatrist Dr Tom Stockmann.

When Cheating Isn't Cheating

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on July 12, 2015 in Love Doc
Tossing her long blonde hair over her shoulder, Sarah smiled, “Stan wants me to marry him.” “Do you want to marry him?” I asked. Her dazzling smile turned to a frown. “I’m thinking about it. It’s a problem though.” I asked, “Why’s that?” “I’m married to Evan.” She said in a matter of fact tone.

Creative Rehabilitation, Part 3: Stroke

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on July 12, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
It is especially important to think outside the box when planning rehabilitation for victims of stroke who are young or members of a minority group.

The Tendency to Smugness in the Culture of Psychology

I hope your first thought about overt anger is that something unjust has happened and not that someone is too emotional or being mean.

Brain Connections for Movement -- Better with Practice?

Brain connections that control muscle movement--better with practice? Musicians and recovering stroke patients show adaptation of neural pathways from the movement center in the brain after intensive practice, studies suggest.

For Depression: Mindfulness Therapy Works as Well as Drugs

Mindfulness therapy may offer you relief—without any unwanted side effects.

How I Learned I'm More Than My Pathology

Being the "queen of self-pathology" didn't give me or anyone around me very much to relate to or make a life with. I learned I didn't have to be a victim of the world’s craziness, but could play with the craziness, build with it, and grow.

Vocational Activity as Therapeutic for the Mentally ill

Freud stated that love and work are the elements of happiness. Finding the right vocational niche, for all people, is important, but especially so regarding the mentally ill. Acceptance of the mentally ill, without stigma, may be an imperative societal goal.

Relational Activity as Therapeutic for the Mentally Ill

Freud indicated that love and work are the elements of happiness in life. Too often, the mentally ill receive little relational activity that would have a substantial impact on their functioning. This article emphasizes the need to bolster relational skills in mentally ill individuals.

You Have an Inner World: So What?

From Pixar’s recently released animated film Inside Out to the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the idea that we each have a lively, complex emotional inner world is hot, hot, hot! But does it really matter?

The Role of Physical Therapy in Treating Chronic Pain

I work with a team of experts to deliver an integrated treatment program for those suffering with chronic pain. Our diverse group includes counselors, physicians, nurses, physical therapists and certified personal trainers. We also have staff who specialize in aqua therapy, acupuncture, massage, reflexology, yoga and art therapy.

A Service Dog Stops an Autistic From a Self-Harming Meltdown

A remarkable video shows a service dog coming to rescue a woman from an autistic self-harming experience

Inside Inside Out (No Spoilers!)

If you want someone to know what you’re feeling, they’ll need the story, not just the headline, and certainly not just which section of the paper it’s in.

Ninety Minute Therapy Sessions

By Isadora Alman MFT on July 06, 2015 in Sex & Sociability
Psychtherapy sessions, like other intense encounters, must have a length that satisfies all parties involved.

The Magical Healing Power of Caring & Hope in Psychotherapy

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 06, 2015 in Saving Normal
Psychotherapy works at least as well as drugs for most mild to moderate problems and should be used first. A good relationship is much more important in promoting good outcome than the specific psychotherapy techniques that are used.