Essential Reads

Does Anyone Know the Future?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on December 07, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
You or I, after sending a bowling ball half way down the alley, might have a pretty good idea what will result. Ramakrishna Sarathy had an ability to do that with people.

Gray & White Matter MRI Opposite in Autistics vs. Psychotics

Brain-imaging reveals white and gray matter in autistic brains vary oppositely to schizophrenic brains, suggesting a new diagnostic tool only explained by the diametric model.

Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

By David Ludden Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Talking Apes
It’s perfectly normal in adolescence to question your sexual orientation and gender identity. For some, these questions linger well into adulthood.

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.

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Lady Gaga’s PTSD and the Mind Body Connection

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in The New Normal
Lady Gaga recently announced that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain from being sexually assaulted when she was 19.

From Client to Counselor

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 09, 2016 in Minority Report
I grew up in a traditional Chinese immigrant household which stressed the virtues of collectivism, harmony, and honor. In a way, my upbringing shaped my sex addiction.

We Are All More Fact-Free Than We’d Like to Think

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 08, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Facts are opinions held by the right people.
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"Forgiveness Saved My Life"

By Robert Enright, Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in The Forgiving Life
Can we learn from those who are suffering in prison? They may be our teachers when it comes to forgiving.

Feeling Blah? Here's How to See Your World with Fresh Eyes

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Rather than missing out on our life, we can experience anything as though for the first time.

Why Consult a Clinical Psychologist? Part 4

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in Evil Deeds
Can an initial consultation be curative?

Lord Nelson’s Traumatic Brain Injury

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in The New Normal
Lord Nelson’s head injury.

The Male Perspective

By Megha Pulianda, M.S., LPC-I on December 01, 2016 in The In-Between
Our society expects men to be unemotional, so how can therapy challenge this?

Is There a Place for Clinical Thinking in a Hospital?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 01, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Mark my words: In the not too distant future, some psychology organization will forbid us from treating cancer victims unless we hold some cancer credential.

Emotionally Abusive Relationships, Part Two

Think you're in an emotionally abusive relationship? Understand the dynamics of emotional abuse.

Not All Empathy Is the Same

Believing that the power of empathy can be harnessed by perspective-taking alone is itself a false belief.
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AASECT Releases Historic Position Statement on Sex Addiction

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Standard Deviations
AASECT, the national sex therapy certifying organization releases a groundbreaking position statement about the sex addiction model.

Art Therapy and Fear: Acknowledging the Dread

When fear is the dominant narrative, a few creative practices may help. Here are some recommendations for assisting those most vulnerable to trauma at this critical time.

Recovering From PTSD With the Right Help

By Eric Newhouse on November 29, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
I personally know the exhilaration of sitting atop a mountain peak in Montana. Building positive memories like this are important in overriding the memories of trauma.

Where Do We Go From Here?

We are living in trying times, largely due to the unprecedented, most contentious presidential election in our nation's history. What can we do to move on? How can we help?

You Don't Really Know Yourself

By Robert Firestone Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in The Human Experience
For the most part, people are unaware that their lives are controlled and regulated by negative attitudes toward themselves that represent a basic aspect of their identity

The 3 Questions Parents Should Ask Their Children

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 23, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
The smart move is to say to your children what you want them to learn to say to themselves.

Why Consult a Clinical Psychologist? Part 3

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in Evil Deeds
Demystifying what takes place during an initial consultation with a clinical psychologist.

Emotionally Abusive Relationships - Part One

Although emotional abuse can be subtle, the impact is profound and can create intense self-doubt, fear, anxiety, anger, and depression.

Mind Mirrors Between Therapists and Clients

When you walk into a therapist's office, you may have a problem very similar to one of your therapist's issues.

4 Ways You Can Start Treating Yourself Better Today

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
It can be frustratingly hard to change negative feelings about ourselves. Instead of focusing on your feelings, start with your behavior.

What Medical Students Need To Know About Auto Accidents

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in The New Normal
Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue. -Eugene O'Neil

What Is CBT?

How cognitive behavioral therapy can be used in eating disorder recovery.
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Huh? Gut Bugs Change Cancer Therapy?

Make your bacteria work for you—without paying for it.
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Why Collecting Data On Yourself Can Help You

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Fearless You
Start collecting data on your mood. Use the data to guide your psychologist!

The Benefits of Adversity

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in A Sideways View
How do you react when things go wrong? Some say we learn nothing from success but a lot from failure.

The Mental Health Struggles of Weight Loss Surgery

People who consider and undergo weight loss surgery cope with issues that impact their mental health and relationships, not only their bodies and wallets.

Remote Northwest Territories Lacking Mental Health Care

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
Lack of access to staff, resources, and community-based treatments impede adequate treatment and prevention strategies in the Northwest Territories.

We All Hate Bullies but Disagree on Who They Are

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 14, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Depression is often self-bullying.

Crisis Response Models for Suicide Are Not Enough

The suicide rate is at a 30-year high, and rising. Crisis response models try to plug the dam, but the dam isn’t holding. We need a total re-envisioning of crisis response.