Essential Reads

Favorable Trajectories

By Peter D Kramer on May 27, 2016 in In Practice
How distinctive are antidepressants? Answers from research that looks at progress made by individual patients.

The Next Eastern Therapy

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
In need of inspiration and rejuvenation? "Forest bathing" may be the remedy.

Is Heat an Antidepressant?

Before psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, there was a third therapeutic tradition in psychiatry--and it involved heat. And it was very successful.

How Virtual Reality Could Transform Mental Health Treatment

The results of our experiment paint a very striking picture of the power of therapy involving VR in treating patients with persecutory delusions.

More Posts on Therapy

A Letter to Therapists: Beware of Financial Stress

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on May 30, 2016 in In Therapy
Despite all of our research and experience, the field of psychology continues to ignore an issue hidden in plain sight.

The Perception of Mental Illness: Stigma or Reality

The ongoing stigma about mental illness has tragically kept people from seeking treatment. Here's what you can do about it.

Why the Best Therapy Is a Biopsychosocial Process

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on May 27, 2016 in Think Well
Many therapists are very narrow focused and use only a few favored methods. Yet unless a therapist assesses someone's difficulties broadly, important problems can be missed.

At CAMH, Pet Therapy Helps Decrease Stigma

Pet therapy increases connection and reduces isolation and loneliness.

On Being Your Own Houseguest

How to use your personal reactions as a couple’s therapist

How Symptoms are Solutions

By Susan Rako M.D. on May 25, 2016 in More Light
Worrying seems to be purposeless suffering. It's actually a solution to existential pain.

Making the Most of Psychotherapy, Counseling, or Coaching

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 24, 2016 in How To Do Life
What you do during and between sessions can make all the difference.

Six Ways to Make Couples Therapy Work for You

Are you thinking about going to couples therapy? You'll get the best results if you avoid these common mistakes.

Is There a Right to Grieve?

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Good Mourning
Some losses simply are not recognized by others. How can we enfranchise disenfranchised grief?

Learning About Addiction

A huge problem in our country is that most of the people who we trust to provide addiction treatment are poorly qualified or unqualified.

Queer Couch for the Straight Girl

A queer therapist describes therapy with a straight woman, and how the therapist being out helped the client to create a new story for her life.

Why Feminist Therapy?

We have come a long way, but...

The Adaptive Living Equation

A formula for adaptive living is offered. It is the process by which one realistically maximizes one's valued states of being, given one's personhood and environment over time.

Thorough Recovery From Depression

By Peter D Kramer on May 19, 2016 in In Practice
Treating depression, clinicians aim for very thorough responses—few remaining symptoms. A current study finds that, compared to psychotherapy, medication more often does that job.

Mental Health Awareness: ADHD in Children

CDC recommends that professionals refer parents of young children with ADHD for behavior therapy before prescribing medication.

Mental Health Initiatives for Athletes Still Lacking

Sports psychology often targets improved performance, not mental health

How to Nurture Your Clients' Growth and Success

Want your clients to "believe" they can grow beyond their past? A few baby steps can make a big difference.

15-Min Online Training Sessions That Could Be Life Changing

An easier, quicker and potentially more efficient way of changing behaviour could revolutionise therapy in years to come.
Dora Wang

Are Apps the Future of Psychiatry?

Half of American counties have no mental health professional. Are mental health apps a solution?

The Struggle to Unlearn Psychology

Many millennials have minimal exposure to extinction situations, because someone constantly reinforced them.

A New Medication on the Horizon for Depression

We are still a long way from having a fast-relief drug for depression that is safe for human use. But while we wait, you are not without options.

Decision Making: A Major Life Challenge

By Susan Rako M.D. on May 15, 2016 in More Light
Do you suffer when you have to make decisions?

Love and Psychotherapy

The therapist is always, first and foremost, a human being relating to another human being. Love is part of this equation.

Consciousness Revealed

The "Play of Consciousness" is the organizing principle for consciousness. Trauma in childhood and all throughout life creates traumatic plays.This is the cause of human suffering.

The Best Medicine for ADHD isn't Necessarily Medicine

What if the the best medicine for young kids with ADHD isn't medicine after all? New CDC study says try this first.

Depth Psychology of Art

The transformative powers of artistic expression are found in diving into the depths as well as the reflections of its surfaces.

The Art of Patient Persuasion

By Jean Kim M.D. on May 11, 2016 in Culture Shrink
It's important to understand the patient's reality.

The Least You Need to Know

You can’t know everything about anything, and the desire to know everything produces a sense of inadequacy.

The Wounds of Childhood Can Be Healed

Most of us know that growing up can leave emotional scars. New research in neurobiology reveals a promising path for understanding and healing childhood trauma.

Psychoanalytic Mother Lovers: 3 Theories

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 07, 2016 in Full Living
Psychoanalytic interest is predicated on a belief that psychic, emotional, mental development evolves in the petri dish that is the mother/infant relationship.