Essential Reads

5 Ways Group Therapy Empowers You in Relationships

Want more out of your relationships? Group therapy can help.

How Culture Affects Depression

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Between Cultures
The meaning and symptoms of depression can vary around the world. So can the ways people cope with it.

When Cops Need Help, Why Does It Take Them So Long to Get It

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Cop Doc
When cops need help, Why does it take them so long to get it? Five mistaken beliefs that get in the way and a few ideas to change them.

The Dark Side of Outing Men’s Sexual Misdeeds

The vast majority of men I deal with in therapy say, “If she doesn’t want it, it totally turns me off.”

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How to Mentally Prepare for Surgery and Recover Faster

Anxiety plays a critical role in the success or failure of surgery. Here are some tips for the next time you or a loved one is preparing to undergo a medical event.

Trauma Psychotherapy, Pilates, EMDR and Sensorimotor Work

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 08, 2017 in The New Normal
Chronic pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, and other physical manifestations can reflect unresolved psychological trauma residuals. But maybe Pilates can help?

Psychotherapy Is THE Biological Treatment

Psychiatric problems come purely from traumatic adaptations as digested by our temperament. Psychotherapy deactivates problematic brain mappings and activates healthier ones.
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Not Talkative? Not Emotional? That’s Okay, and Here’s Why.

By Michael S. Scheeringa M.D. on December 07, 2017 in Stress Relief
If you have PTSD, when you talk about your traumatic memories, do you fall into the categories of Expressive, Avoidant, Undemonstrative, or Fabricated?

How Can I Fix My Family?

By Kimberly Key on December 06, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Family therapists view each member of a family as reinforcing the behavior of others through feedback. While each may be part of the problem, they are also part of the solution.

Couples Therapy: Does It Really Work?

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in In It Together
Are you wondering if couples counseling will work for you and your partner?

Apologizing as a Developmental Stage

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Life After 50
Why is it so hard to apologize?

What Do You Think of Online Therapy?

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Shame
A request for volunteers to complete an anonymous online survey regarding their first-hand experience of therapy online.
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A Letter from Santa’s Therapist

If you think it’s all sugar plums and gum drops for Santa Claus, think again. According to his therapist, he’s got everything from anxiety to trauma.

Considering a Career in Mental Health Counseling?

Explore the opportunities of the helping relationship. See if a career in mental health is right for you.

8 Paths in Life

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 02, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Collected thoughts, evolving, on the task of finding one's way in life.

One Size Rarely Fits All

By Elliot T Berkman Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in The Motivated Brain
Treatments are designed for groups, not people. How can we make them more precise?

Why Wilderness Therapy Works

By Lybi Ma on December 01, 2017 in Brainstorm
The prescriptive use of adventure, plus the therapy.

How We Carry Trauma in the Body

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in The New Normal
Reconnecting with the body.

Beyond the Casting Couch - Part 2

If you are a sexual assault survivor, be aware that repeated exposure to the media's news stories is probably not in your best interest.

Making the Most of Rough Times in Therapy

By Susan Rako M.D. on November 30, 2017 in More Light
Is there any way to learn but the hard way?

Why Profiling Serial Killers Can’t Work

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 30, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
All you know about a man is that he loves poetry and crossword puzzles. Is he more likely to be an English professor at Harvard or a truck driver?

And Now Matt Lauer...Why Celebrities Get Sexually Aggressive

TV's Matt Lauer today joined the club of men in high positions who are being accused of sexual improprieties with women at work. What could he have been thinking? Here's what.

Art Therapy's HeARTache

Sometimes a spotlight illuminates; at other times, it blinds. Art therapists are experiencing both through a White House spotlight called "Healing with the HeArt."

Will Stress-Busting Vagus Nerve Gadgetry Be a Game Changer?

By Christopher Bergland on November 27, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new state-of-the-art vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) device may offer a drug-free way to combat fight-or-flight responses. This patent-pending gizmo could be available by mid-2018.

Animal Research

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Can research with animals advance human psychology? How trustworthy is a conservative commentator?

10 Psychological Concepts That People Don’t Get

Many aspects of human psychology that are consistently difficult for students to understand. Here is a list of 10 for starters.

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.