Essential Reads

What Is Psychoanalysis?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 17, 2017 in ExperiMentations
A lot of people don't know what psychoanalysis is. This post will clear up that confusion.

Advantages of E-Therapy Over Conventional Therapy

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
The research is growing for the effectiveness of online psychotherapy. Not only is it as effective as conventional, face-to-face therapy, it can be more affordable and accessible.

Our Divided America

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
We need to face fully the divide in this country and use the principles of family therapy to move in a new and more productive direction.

A Possible New Treatment for Bipolar Depression

A six-week course of bright light therapy administered midday led to substantial improvement in 68 percent of persons with depressive symptoms associated with bipolar disorder.

More Posts on Therapy

What Happens When You Run into Your Therapist on the Street?

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on November 21, 2017 in I Hear You
Have you ever had the unnerving experience of running into your therapist when you're not at all ready to see him or her? How will it likely play out and why?

Can a 4-Step Self-Help Therapy Technique End Upset Feelings?

Therapists use this technique to help their clients gain insight and feel better. Can it also relieve upset feelings if you use it as a self-help technique?

Where Psychotherapy Goes Wrong

By David M. Allen M.D. on November 21, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
Does your therapist seem to think your problems are all just due to your diseased mind or poor coping skills? They should be paying more attention to your social environment.

The Truth Shall Set You Free

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Happiness on Purpose
The purpose of all psychotherapy is to free people from the ravages of misery. But first, they must think and act truthfully. Find how with this 5-step process to find happiness.

Are Fears Of Self-Compassion Holding You Back?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 20, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Research suggests that fears of self-compassion can get in the way of growth. Developing compassion can help to facilitate change. Read a comprehensive overview here.
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Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims

It takes more than 20 sessions, or about six months of weekly therapy, before therapy patients start to improve.

Change Your Brain With Cognitive Therapy

Ever question the touchy-feely techniques recommended by your therapist? Here's why you should take their advice!

Roadblocks to Intimacy & Trust X: Breaking the Silence

I know of no relationship that improved without conversation.

Beyond the Casting Couch: Part 1

How to help victims of sexual abuse begin to take back their lives.

Parenting Strategies Are Largely Ineffective

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 13, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
5 Ideas: Will parents use them? 1. Childhood is not all preamble.

How to Heal the Primal Wound

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
To protect ourselves from feeling the primal wound, we create a false world and a false self.

Opiate Addiction: A Cautionary Tale and Case Discussion

By Jeffrey Deitz M.D. on November 09, 2017 in Case Conference
See how one courageous woman is surviving and thriving while getting treatment for opiate use disorder.

The Hypocrisy of Antipsychiatry

By on November 09, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Coercive psychiatry and antipsychiatry are two sides of the same coin.

Dreams Help Us Connect With Our Inner World

Is Sigmund Freud's "Interpretation of Dreams" still relevant more than a century later?
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Bringing Music to Veterans

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Your Musical Self
In celebration of Veterans Day, let's peek at how music therapy is improving the quality of life of veterans in Atlanta.

Mad to Be Normal: A Review of the New R.D. Laing Biopic

By on November 06, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
A new film depicts the life and times of the revolutionary—and controversial—psychiatrist who shunned neuroleptic drugs in favor of a psychological understanding of schizophrenia.

Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET)

Are you looking for non-medication treatments of PTSD, fear of flying, fear of heights or another phobia? Virtual reality graded exposure is a promising new approach.

Is Pain Being Treated Properly?

A common reason for referral is “my primary care can no longer or does not feel comfortable with continuing to prescribe me my pain medications."

Why Do People Hate Smart Women?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 06, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
How much of parenting literature makes complicated what is actually quite simple.

Choosing Growth after Grief

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Good Mourning
We can learn a great deal from those who seem to grow despite a significant losss
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Do Therapists Project Onto Clients?

The therapist can often seem to the client all knowing and all accepting. What happens when the therapist is actually bored, repulsed, or in love with the client?

What Are the Three Steps to an Authentic Life?

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
To live an authentic life, it is not enough simply to try to be ourselves. We also need to know ourselves and own ourselves.

On Suicide

What is tragic about suicide is that a person has convinced themselves that they need to kill their body. Something does need to be released, but it’s not the body.

Tranquilizing Humanity into Oblivion

By on November 01, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Modern psychiatry would be wise to heed the warning of Nathan S. Kline, the pioneering psychopharmacologist.
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Rites of Passage (Willa-2)

By Elizabeth Young on October 31, 2017 in Adaptations
"Willa," I say, "you have to stop riding. It's too dangerous."

Light Therapy for Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
In the meantime, open the shades, put your head right into that sunny morning, and wait for your body’s opioids to kick in.

Expressive Arts Therapy and the Arts in Health

Expressive arts therapy is part of the continuum of care in medical settings, says a new white paper on the subject of arts in health and wellness.

Five Questions to Decide if a Therapist Is Right for You

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Although search engines make finding therapists simpler than ever, it’s easy to suffer from information overload. Five questions can help you cut through the confusion.