Therapy Essential Reads

Social Anxiety: A Single-Session Cure

My patient never returned. Her father called four days later, delighted to report that I had “worked a miracle.” Yet I see what happened as a failure on my part.

Pet Therapy for Your Love Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 28, 2016 in Cravings
Can your relationship with your dog, cat, or betta fish predict the success of your romantic relationships?

Extermination of Pests—and Horror

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in The Infested Mind
Who you gonna call? When your house (or mind) is crawling with insects might be time to call in a professional. But why isn’t the pest control operator as creeped out as you?

Can You Meditate While Driving?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
A new book describes how mindfulness behind the wheel can make you a more relaxed, more focused, and safer driver.
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Falling Down and Getting Up Again

Whatever we may feel about these election results, we must pick ourselves up and carry on. There's work to do.

When Therapists and Patients Fall in Love

Love in the therapy office? It's more common than you think.

Millennials In Therapy

By Megha Pulianda, M.S., LPC-I on November 03, 2016 in The In-Between
Millennials are experiencing new challenges and unique stressors. What keeps them from getting the help they need during one of life's most important transitional periods?

3 Ways to Craft Compelling Goals

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 01, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Carefully chosen goals inspire our best effort.

Why People Lie to Their Therapists

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on October 26, 2016 in In Therapy
You spend money, time, and emotional energy going to therapy—so why not tell the truth?

The 5 Stages of a Relationship's End

When relationships come to an end, they often go through a series of predictable stages. New research shows how to tell whether you're ready to move on.

The Ethics of Sharing Client Stories

How can I use my clients as examples in my teaching, while honoring my clients’ confidentiality and therapeutic experience? What are the ethical limits to telling clients' stories?
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Meditation Helps Eating Disorder Recovery

When people are recovering from an eating disorder, anxiety and stress can cause them to react through harmful behaviors. Meditation is crucial to a healthy recovery.

What Goes Into the Creative Act? Can Therapy Be Creative?

By Sheila Kohler on October 16, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
Is there any overlap between therapy and the creative act?

Please Keep Your Emotional Support Iguana Off My Couch

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 15, 2016 in Women Who Stray
Emotional support animals offer valuable assistance. But sometimes, therapists need to focus on helping people develop alternative strategies of soothing and anxiety-reduction.

5 Reasons We Worry, and 5 Ways to Worry Less

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
It's hard to stop excessive worry, in part because we believe we should worry. Find out why we worry, and how to worry less.

A New Approach to Weight Loss

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 03, 2016 in Cravings
Accept the challenge and commit to learning new skills, new research says.

The Antidote to Envy

Envy tells us that someone, somewhere has it all—but it just isn’t true. The best we can do is be thankful for what we have and try to do something useful with it.

How Scientists, Too, Can Be Stubborn and Wrong

Ever been troubled by a reversal in scientific opinion? Psychological biases may be part of the problem.

Therapy Without a Therapist?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Learning and practicing new skills is at the heart of CBT—whether you're working with a therapist or on your own.

3 Things Authentic Parents Get Right

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Authentic parenting is hard and no one is a perfect parent. right all of the time. Here are three things that you can try to make it easier.

A Nation in Pain

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
With alarming rates of chronic pain and opioid-related deaths in the US, how can we more effectively treat chronic pain?

Nature Therapy

Nature exposure does indeed soothe those worried parts of the brain into thinking less and relaxing more.

How to Recognize Authenticity

Authenticity is about more than speaking your mind with passion and commitment.

5 Signs You Have the Wrong Therapist

No progress in therapy? Maybe your therapist is the problem.

Treating Road Rage: A Free-Range Approach

How a hawaiian shirt, the music of Gabby Pahinui, and a lump of coconut-scented surf wax helped cure a case of road rage

Auto Accidents and Brain Trauma

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in The New Normal
What happens to your brain in a car accident?

Exercising Your Way to PTSD Recovery

Physical remedies such as intense exercise may help those suffering from PTSD.
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Why Attachment Theory Is All Sizzle and No Steak

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Attachment theory is a helpful research tool, but in clinical practice it imposes arbitrary, moralistic societal standards on relational and sexual desires.

Now I Know I Have Trichotillomania, What Can I Do About It?

By Tasneem Abrahams on August 10, 2016 in Mastering Hair Pulling
Sometimes just the acknowledgement that this is a very real struggle can be empowering, but now that you know you have something called Trichotillomania, what next? Is there help?

Are the Results of Animal Therapy Studies Unreliable?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Animals and Us
Most studies of oxytocin ("the love hormone") do not have enough subjects to produce valid results. Unfortunately, this is also true of animal-assisted therapy research.