Essential Reads

When Adults Struggle With Their Relationships

At holidays, the focus is on family - some siblings do not get along though

Why Psychologists Never Give a Straight Answer

The challenge of describing complex phenomena in simple sound bites.

Is Your Therapy Working as it Should?

Good therapy should feel like work that is paying off.

Replication Problems in Psychology

Are replication failures in psychology a crisis or a 'tempest in a teapot?'

Recent Posts on Therapy

Thank You! Parisian PhD Candidate Ludvig Levasseur!

On occasion, we receive requests from PhD candidates for assistance in their research regarding time perspective theory and therapy. Last week, one such candidate emailed with a request that opened our eyes to the magnitude of a problem we've been unaware of: What is the potential cost savings of our talk therapy?

Trauma Informed Assessments - Part 7

What you need to do when clients prematurely reveal graphic details of their abuse or neglect experiences.

Self Awareness

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 A Sideways View
Much of counselling and coaching, as well as education and therapy is about increasing self awareness. It is argued that self awareness and understanding is essential for happiness, health and well being. So how do you acquire it or increase it?

When Adults Struggle With Their Relationships

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Buddy System
Are sibling relationships getting you down this time of year?

The Existential Crisis of Birdman

Birdman embodies the struggle to discover your authentic identity.

Pressures on Your Therapist Not to Be Psychologically-Minded

A psychologically-minded therapist is to mainstream psychology like a person practicing a forbidden religion.

Imagination in Action: Interview With Shaun McNiff

Imagination in action is about accepting the struggles, mistakes and failures and realizing that they are all part of the challenging process of personal transformation. Put down that coloring book and give yourself the gift of spontaneous, authentic, creative expression.

Standard Interpretations in Psychotherapy

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 22, 2015 Fighting Fear
Psychotherapists who cannot think of something sensible to say sometimes make facile interpretations which do not apply to any particular patient and which are, for the most part, wrong.

The Dirty Little (Sex) Secret of Therapy

By Marty Klein PhD on November 22, 2015 Sexual Intelligence
Patients should be safe assuming that therapists understand sex as it actually is, don't believe discredited myths, and can discuss anything.

Being Your Own Therapist

Being a good therapist to yourself means balancing tough love and soft love, brutal honesty with careful consideration.

A Rose by Any Other Name: Is All Pain the Same?

Modern medical approaches to chronic pain have not been dramatically successful. Therefore it is generally assumed that chronic pain will never go away, so the best we can do is to cope with it. Scientific advances in understanding the brain reveal that many times the pain is literally "in the brain." It is critical to recognize when the brain is producing pain.

What Can Wounded Storytellers Teach Us?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 The Empowerment Diary
Many memoirs are based on the author's experience with illness, trauma or the loss of a loved one. Narrative writing is one way to make sense of difficult times. Writing also facilitates reflection on lived experiences. Sharing our stories helps us heal, and also helps readers navigate their own journey.

Five Questions to Ask Your Therapist

Calls to mental health clinics tend to increase during the stressful holiday months. If you are planning to seek therapy, consider reviewing these five important topics to address with your clinician to ensure that it will be a good fit.

Light Therapy Can Help Treat Depression Year-Round

A new study reports that bright light therapy can help treat both seasonal and nonseasonal depression.

Why Psychologists Never Give a Straight Answer

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Although I understand people’s exasperation with psychologists’ inability to give a straight answer to a seemingly simple question, there is nothing we can actually do about it. Here's why:

Trauma Informed Assessments - Part 6

Learn how to pace yourself during a 'trauma informed' assessment by asking your client the following questions.

The New Date Night: Dinner and...Therapy?

With date nights occurring so rarely, many couples want to take advantage of their limited time together. They may want to talk, but forget how. Therapy can provide a safe, sympathetic and constructive environment where couples can express their wants and needs within a relationship, relieving the expectation to tackle each issue while they are in a more social setting.

Is Your Therapy Working as it Should?

Not all therapies produce the results you want. How good is yours?

The Elephant in Sigmund Freud's Consulting Room

By Rebecca Coffey on November 17, 2015 The Bejeezus Out of Me
Imagine growing up gay in a household where your world-renowned father calls lesbianism a gateway to mental illness. And it is always, he said, caused by the father and curable by analysis. Now imagine that he analyzes you.

Is Your Therapist Psychologically-Minded?

A therapist who isn't psychologically-minded will feel superior to you.

Primal Glee

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 17, 2015 On Having Fun
Could evoking moments of deep joy be even more healing than reliving primal pain?

Is It Holiday Blues or Seasonal Depression?

If you’re feeling down this holiday season, don’t ignore your pain. By addressing your issues, you’re much more likely to keep symptoms from spiraling out of control — and that means a much greater chance that those happy holidays we’ve been primed to expect will live up to their promise.

The Challenge of Honesty in Psychotherapy

Chip, in long standing couples therapy with his wife to improve sex and intimacy, finds that painful honesty with their therapist facilitates great sex and intimacy at home.

There’s No Reason to Celebrate Trauma

By Marty Babits on November 16, 2015 The Middle Ground
There have been breakthroughs in how we understand and treat trauma.

Building Resilience After Trauma: Lessons from Chile

Don’t go it alone. Create order out of the chaos. Nurture hope. Commit for the long-term because recovery takes time. And reclaim your dignity through helping others. Wise advice whatever the trauma, wherever one lives.

Replication Problems in Psychology

By Jeremy D. Safran Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 Straight Talk
A major research study recently found that many well known findings in psychology are difficult to replicate.This study and the media attention it has received have led to a considerable stir within the field. While some minimize the importance of these findings, they do rekindle longstanding debates about what kind of 'science' psychology is.

Is Mental Health Care Failing our Kids?

A recent New York Times essay is an eye-opening message for parents or for anyone else concerned with child mental health.

Officers with PTSD at Greater Risk for Police Brutality

PTSD may lead to deadly overreactions by police officers.

Ending the Nightmares

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 11, 2015 Media Spotlight
Studies of veterans show that they may experience a wide range of PTSD symptoms, including nightmares. Some surveys reveal that more than half of all participants report their sleep as being "bad" or "very bad" though few report having any problems before being deployed.

The Hundred Kinds of Silence

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on November 11, 2015 Listen Up!
Do you wonder how to deepen your conversations? How to connect more fully with yourself? A few well-placed silences can make all the difference.