Essential Reads

How to Fix Broken Sleep

Sleep hygiene isn't enough to treat chronic insomnia.

Expanding the Mental Health Workforce

A guest post by Chirlane McCray, the First Lady of New York City.

Happiness versus Success

In Silicon Valley, happiness & success are regrettably too often in opposition.

Apps – The Evolution of Therapy

Now that the app industry includes mental health we have an amazing app for you!

Recent Posts on Therapy

The Need for Safety in Therapy- Part One

One of the fundamental ways that we can help clients distinguish the past from the present is to give them the sustained and predictable experience of feeling safe.

Therapists Tell Therapy Stories

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 02, 2015 in In Therapy
What really happens behind the closed doors of a therapy session? Six therapists share stories.

May the 3rd Force Be With You

Rollo May, Fritz Perls, Carl Rogers, and Abraham Maslow meet in a bar.....

5 Problems that Are Unique to High Achievers

Becoming successful won't make you immune to many of life's problems. In fact, your accomplishments could bring about a whole new set of problems.

The Mysteries of Madness

In Madness and Civilization, Andrew Scull reviews how the struggle between those who understand madness as a supernatural phenomenon, those who viewed it as a problem originating in the biochemistry of the body and the brain, and those who advanced social and psychological explanations of the afflictions has persisted over two millennia in countries throughout the world.

The Good and Bad News for Post-Menopausal Women

By Rebecca Coffey on June 02, 2015 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
A four-year placebo-controlled study suggests that HRT doesn't slow cognitive decline. But there is good news for post-menopausal women who feel like they're "losing it."

How to Fix Broken Sleep

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 01, 2015 in Think, Act, Be
What works for insomnia might surprise you--and your doctor.

Expanding the Mental Health Workforce

By A Guest Blogger on June 01, 2015 in Brainstorm
A guest post by Chirlane McCray, the First Lady of New York City.

Happiness versus Success

Over the decades - as both a psychiatrist practicing in Silicon Valley and a civilian living here locally - I have witnessed so much success and yet so little happiness. In our valley of material riches and natural beauty, the two are regrettably too often in opposition.

The Art Therapy + Happiness Project

Artistic creativity is primarily a force of health and well-being rather than a mirror of dysfunction or disorder. Therefore the real purpose of art therapy and expressive arts therapy is to facilitate individuals’ creative exploration and self-expression to find both the “pleasant life” as well as the “meaningful life.”

Can Psychoanalysis Make You Smarter?

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on May 31, 2015 in Beyond Freud
No therapy claims to make people smarter, but I wouldn’t be surprised if sometimes psychoanalysis does just that. Psychoanalytic therapies are those treatments in which the therapist’s job is to help people face what they have repressed and what they don’t want to know. They can help clear up blocks to learning.

Beyond Individual Psychology: How Psychology Shames

Do you see your problems as only your own? Do you see how they are part of a larger family or cultural system? If not, you may be burdened with undeserved shame.

Creative Rehabilitation For Brain Injury. Part 1: Concussion

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 31, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
Often good rehabilitation facilities for brain-injured people are not readily accessible or affordable. Creative programs involving family and friends as the rehabilitation support team can be very effective in these cases, and are in place for the long term, unlike rehab centers. In this first post I focus on concussion.

Manifesting an Authentic World

If we live from our authentic selves, we will ultimately act in the best interest of the world.

Apps – The Evolution of Therapy

By Rosemary K.M. Sword on May 30, 2015 in The Time Cure
Apps such as Candy Crush provide entertainment and “kill” time when waiting on line, traveling, or taking a few minutes to unwind. But now, people have the option to use this time to establish calm and improve their sense of well-being with other, more nutritious apps – apps that can improve their lives; apps like AETAS.

Superhero Therapy: Fears Do Not Make Heroes Any Less Heroic

Superhero Therapy star Dr. Janina Scarlet looks at heroes who feel fear. Storm of the X-Men often experiences crippling episodes of claustrophobia. As boy, Bruce Wayne becomes afraid of bats. Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter stories endures crushing arachnophobia. How do these heroes cope with their own fears and find the courage to do the right thing nevertheless?

Clinician’s Corner: Starting Your Practice

A book titled “How We Build Our Dream Practice: Innovative Ideas for Building Yours” provides an excellent resource on how to manage your thoughts and fears about jumping into independent practice.

Couples Therapy with Motor Sister's Pearl Aday and Scott Ian

Pearl Aday of the band Pearl and daughter of legendary rocker Meat Loaf, and Scott Ian of Anthrax share how they are able to work together, defy stereotypes and make their marriage work. Their secret: appreciating one another, communicating and working to resolve problems.

"Surf Therapy" and Being in the Ocean Can Alleviate PTSD

Recently I spoke with filmmaker Josh Izenberg about his new documentary "Resurface." The short film is about military veterans who learn to surf as a way to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and transform their lives.

As Mental Health Awareness Month Winds Down...

Each of us can think about our own mental wellness—for the month of May and beyond.

BPD and the Effective Therapist

What personal features predict better success in working with borderline patients?

Traumatic Consequences of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994

Our project aims to listen to the ways in which individual Rwandans interpret their own lives and to examine posttraumatic growth in the context of post-genocide Rwanda.

Mom Humiliates Daughter via Facebook: Discipline or Abuse?

Have you ever seen what emotional abuse looks like? Here's a live example from a story that broke just this past week. What would you do if you saw someone doing this to a teenager?

BPD and the Effective Therapist

What personal features predict better success in working with Borderline patients?

How Do Our Clients Feel About Therapy?

Did you know that therapy is not openly supported within every culture? There are a number of questions that might be beneficial to weave into the early stages of treatment if a client admits that he or she could be judged or ridiculed for getting such support.

What You Didn't Know About that Mad Men Encounter Group

In the last episode of Mad Men, Don Draper's personal growth experience has deep roots in the human potential movement, humanistic psychology, and J.L. Moreno's psychodrama.

Stroke-Aneurysm Awareness: 11 Effective Treatments

In this article, Dr. Diane explains the 11 different integrative methods that she recommends for treating a stroke and/or aneurysm.

Kitchen Therapy: Cooking Up Mental Well-Being

Culinary therapy is the treatment du jour at a growing number of mental health clinics. Here’s why.

What Happens When the Whole Family Plays with Food?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 19, 2015 in Singletons
What to make for dinner? What will the kids eat? How to get everyone to the table for dinner in spite of packed schedules? Challenges worth meeting. Family therapy can be helpful, but family dinner is transformative.

Drugging Traumatized Kids: Lessons for Mental Health Care

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on May 19, 2015 in Child in Mind
Whether a child has experienced major trauma, or more ubiquitous adverse childhood experiences such as parental mental illness, domestic violence, or divorce, protecting space and time to listen to the story in the setting of trusting relationships is central to growth and healing