Essential Reads

11 Reasons Women Have Difficulty with Orgasm, and What Helps

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on February 17, 2018 in ExperiMentations
Up to half of women report difficulty with orgasm. Research identifies barriers to sexual pleasure, and provides guidance on how to enjoy intimate experiences more fully.

How Do You Know When Your Depression Is Improving?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Like the change in seasons, it's hard to know definitively when depression has lifted. Here are eight signs to look for.

Is “Divorcing” a Toxic Parent the Best Strategy?

By David M. Allen M.D. on February 02, 2018 in A Matter of Personality
The advice to avoid all contact with "toxic" parents has become common today, but, while better than allowing abuse to continue, it does not really solve anything.

Why Does Compassion Feel So Good? Here Are Five Reasons

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Recent research has explored ways to increase our ability to show compassion, both for others and for ourselves.

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Why Do Couples Fight—and How Can They Stop?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 21, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Two recent studies show how relationships are happier and more harmonious when couples are meeting these needs for one another.

Alternative Treatments Increasing Mental Health Reach

Stepped-Care: How It Can Help the Underserved Population

Debate about PTSD Treatment Guidelines

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Theory of Knowledge
The APA is once again involved in a debate about treatment guidelines, this time for PTSD.

Can You Be Stuck in Grief?

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Good Mourning
Even if we seem stuck in grief, there are ways to continue our journey with loss.

Countertransference in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on February 19, 2018 in Beyond Freud
By recognizing the complex interplay between patient and analyst in the sessions, the analyst helps the patient understand the nature and origin of his/her maladaptive interactions

Art Therapy and Social Media

Social networking platforms are technically not "tools" found in a proverbial digital art therapy toolbox—or are they?
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Authoritarian Parent, Childhood (and Adult) Depression

Growing up with an authoritarian parent (or authoritarian grandparent, sibling, etc.) can cause childhood depression--and lifelong depression, too.

Mass Shooting and the Myth of the Violent Mentally Ill

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Minding the Mind
Are mass shooters mentally ill? We should not assume that they are.

What Can You Do for Adolescents Exposed to Traumatic Events?

Trauma & Grief-Focused Group Therapy may provide adolescents a shared outlet for healing.
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7 Steps to Changing Your Narcissistic Responses

If you know you are narcissistic and want to change, you can find a better way to deal with the issues that trigger your rage.

The Sleeper’s Dilemma

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 16, 2018 in Home Base
Skipping sleep can hurt your cognitive abilities—and even increase your heart disease and Alzheimer's disease risk down the road. Here's what to know and what you can do about it.

Revisiting Child Psychoanalysis

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on February 16, 2018 in Child in Mind
When a young child struggles, listening to parent and child together can lead to new levels of intimacy, understanding, and growth.

Can You Change Someone Else by Changing Yourself?

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on February 16, 2018 in In Practice
Cognitive therapy tips applied to relationship problems.
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Why Do Anxiety and High Blood Pressure Go Hand-In-Hand?

Feeling anxious? Concerned about high blood pressure? Maybe one treatment can ease both, and without medications. Here's over a dozen options.

Is "Evidence-Based" Off Base?

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on February 15, 2018 in In Therapy
Is our evidence-based therapy bias hurting or helping? An interview with Dr. Enrico Gnaulati.

What Makes Us Think Such Negative Things About Ourselves?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Tired of always beating up on yourself? Identify the core beliefs that drive self-loathing, and work toward making friends with yourself starting today.

The Very Best Valentine Gift You Can Give to Anyone

Want to enjoy sustained loving relationships? To give a Valentine's Day —or Post-Valentine's Day—gift with impacts that will last year-round?

What Exactly Is True Adult Intimacy?

By John Kim, LMFT on February 13, 2018 in The Angry Therapist
Have you experienced true adult intimacy?

Rethinking Therapy

By Shainna Ali Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in A Modern Mentality
Three TED Talks you need to watch if you're thinking about starting therapy.

What Political System Rules Your Psyche?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on February 13, 2018 in Feeling Our Way
Since we are not unitary selves, but an assortment of response repertoires, emotions, and goals, we need some system of government to secure the blessings of liberty.

What Psychologists Do and Don't Look Like

A new survey indicates that psychologists are not as diverse as the clients they serve. But the cultural relevance of psychotherapy is more important than psychologist ethnicity.

The Benefits of Clown Therapy

Recent research suggests that "birthing" your inner clown can be therapeutic.

How Psychoanalysis Helps: Part 2

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on February 11, 2018 in Beyond Freud
A major tool utilized in a psychodynamic therapy is what is labeled as addressing or analyzing the transference.

How Psychoanalysis Helps

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on February 11, 2018 in Beyond Freud
Why do people seek a talking treatment?

Is Online Therapy Worth the Money?

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on February 10, 2018 in Between the Lines
How good is the help when it's a phone call away?

Therapist's Corner: When to Refer for Eating Disorders

Avoidance of talking about the food component is avoidance of what is needed to fully recover.

Adolescent Psychotherapy: Worth a Try?

By Deborah Offner Ph.D. on February 08, 2018 in Progress Report
Does your teenager want to see a therapist? It's probably a good call.
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Who to Turn to When You Need to Talk

If you are one who trusts easily and quickly, consider the possibility that this may work against you rather than for you.

Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Treatment of EDs

What do psychoanalytic approaches to the treatment of eating disorders have to contribute?

Leading a Bereavement Group for 9/11 Widows

Instead of ending after 16 weeks, the support group kept going for 41 months.