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I Tried Direct Neurofeedback and the Results Surprised Me

By Zoltan Istvan on September 17, 2017 in The Transhumanist Philosopher
Recently, Grant Rudolph, Clinical Director at Echo Rock Neurotherapy, invited me to try his Direct Neurofeedback techniques.

How Long Should Psychotherapy Last?

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
A good psychotherapist won’t try to push clients to go faster than they can. To do so can feel threatening and, paradoxically, lead a client to become more entrenched.

What Would You Rather Tell a Robot Than a Human?

Why might a robot be a better therapist? Research suggests we may prefer to talk to robots about our negative feelings.

3 Ways Group Therapy is Better Than Individual Therapy

Group therapy is the best choice for social issues. Here's why.

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The Therapeutic Value of Horses

What is equine-facilitate psychotherapy and is it a good choice for you?

Jackson Pollock's Creation of Abstract Expressionism

Pollock's early painting was derived but he overcame symptoms of bipolar disorder and alcoholism to invent abstract expressionism by means of the creative janusian process.

What Should You Do When You Don't Trust Your Therapist?

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on August 21, 2017 in I Hear You
What's the right thing to do if you've started therapy, but you're not sure you feel a connection to your psychologist? Here's a tip that could get the treatment back on track.

What Exactly Is Well-Being?

Everyone agrees that well-being is important, but what exactly is it? New research has identified the fourteen components that make up the good life.

Dogs as Healers, Dogs as Co-Therapists for PTSD

How Dogs Can Facilitate the Healing of Trauma.
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Interpreting signs and symbols

Signs and symbols expressed by the patient’s unconscious in dreams may enable health care professionals to identify the pernicious onset of delirium.

Psychiatric Treatment as Religious Experience

Like all religions, psychiatry's aim is social control and the explanation of deviant and socially undesirable human behavior.

A Good Marriage Is Better Than Therapy

A loving marriage can heal old emotional wounds more effectively than the best therapy. At its best, psychotherapy creates a warm and understanding relationship.

Mental Health Principles from the Wisdom of Psychotherapy

In thinking about a value system based on psychotherapeutic principles, I began to consider some guidelines that might be of value for achieving a freer, more satisfying existence.
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Hey Doc, I’m Not Crazy! Part II

Mental health and physical health are linked more than you know.

Superhero Therapy: A Book to Help Your Inner Hero

In her book Superhero Therapy, Janina Scarlet shows that a fear or weakness does not make a hero any less heroic, and that we all can be heroes both for ourselves and for others.

Separation Theory

Early interpersonal pain, separation anxiety, and death anxiety lead to the formation of powerful psychological defenses that limit a person’s capacity for living and feeling.

Why the Opioid Commission Recommendations Will Fail America

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on August 15, 2017 in Sure Recovery
The recent White House Opioid Commission's Interim Report could have negative effects. My recommendations can help avoid that.

Love and Fear in Parenting

Parenting is my greatest adventure, and it is often my greatest source of fear.

There Is No Real Therapy Without Assessment

Therapy is ongoing assessment and assessment is ongoing case formulation.

Diluting the Gold of Analysis

Not all psychotherapies are created equal.

Music Is Good for the Soul, and Your Health

Study after study has found that music therapy has a positive effect on a broad range of physical and psychological conditions.
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What Is Mental Illness? Does Trump Have One?

When the term "mentally ill" is used to describe President Trump, is the term being used appropriately?

Two Weaknesses of Forgiving: It Victimizes and Stops Justice

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Do you have thoughts about forgiveness that stop you from forgiving? You might want to carefully examine these thoughts to be sure you are not blocking yourself from healing.

Preserving Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance System

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The New Normal
Prevention is cheaper than the cure.

Barriers Prevent Soldiers From Seeking Psychological Help

Soldiers might face consequences for speaking up about mental health challenges.

Keep on a Happy Face

Is feeling sad or depressed so socially unacceptable that we must pretend to be happy?

Teen Therapy Without Parental Consent

Should adolescents be able to consent to initial mental health treatment without their parents? On this issue, state laws are all over the place.
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30 Reasons You May Need a Grief Therapist

Are you stuck in your grief?

Five Obstacles Men Overcome to Accept Mental Health Problems

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Wondering how men come to accept a mental health problem? Check out this post about a few common challenges.

Do You Get Exhausted in Crowds?

Do you get exhausted in crowds? You may be an empath

Obstacles to Mental Health Care in Auto Accident Cases

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in The New Normal
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Three Signs Your Teen Needs Therapy

Red flags that demand attention.

Therapy Dogs for Homesick College Students?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in Animals and Us
Over 900 colleges and universities now have animal-assisted therapy programs for homesick and stressed-out students. How well do they work?

Narcissism and Capacity for Change

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in In It Together
Might some narcissists benefit from therapy?