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5 Signs You Have the Wrong Therapist

No progress in therapy? Maybe your therapist is the problem.

Treating Road Rage: A Free-Range Approach

How a hawaiian shirt, the music of Gabby Pahinui, and a lump of coconut-scented surf wax helped cure a case of road rage

Auto Accidents and Brain Trauma

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in The New Normal
What happens to your brain in a car accident?

Exercising Your Way to PTSD Recovery

Physical remedies such as intense exercise may help those suffering from PTSD.

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Is Your Relationship Beyond Repair?

By Rick Miller LICSW on August 26, 2016 in Unwrapped
Your relationship is a gift -- deserving of care, attention, protection.

Road rage: A Second "Free-Range" Intervention

What is real power? It is acting like the biggest dog on the road.

Spotlight on Brain Trauma

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in The New Normal
How motorsports is spotlighting personality and brain function

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

How I failed at psychotherapy and why.

Why Is Getting Emotional Divorce Help So Hard?

You may have to create the support you need.

Chickens Can Be Therapy Animals

By Temma Ehrenfeld on August 19, 2016 in Open Gently
The chicken as pet.

If You Don’t Look Injured, You Must Be Fine

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in The New Normal
What happens to your behavior after a car accident?

On an Albert Ellis Quote

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in How To Do Life
How much free will do we really have?

An Honest Letter to Your Therapist or Counselor

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
Thoughts for clients and practitioners

How Could They Have Said That?

Sometimes condolences can hurt more than help.

Mental Health Assistance Made Easier

Last year, self-help/mental health apps were approved by the psychological and psychiatric communities as feasible supplements to clinical therapy and medications.

How to diagnose borderline personality disorder

In terms of knowing their diagnosis, borderline patients are often left in the dark. Here is a way to make a respectful approach.

Implementing Attachment Theory in Treating Eating Disorders

Understanding the tenants of Attachment Theory and finding ways to operationalize theory in providing solid & appropriate treatment is useful regardless of how the issues got there

Parental Alienation Syndrome: Calling Moms Nazis

Do Family Court Judges order children to spend time with high school graduates in hotel rooms, forced to watch Nazi videos, and then have their mothers called Nazis? Yes.

The Healing Power of the Poetic

By Nick Mazza, Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Touch the Moon
Poetry therapy: Language, symbol and story for growth and healing through the years.

Did Boomers Doom Their Adult Kids to Years of Therapy?

By Dena Kouremetis on August 07, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
Can today's parents learn by Boomers' mistakes? How you prepare your child for adulthood is key.
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Are You a Schlepper or a Schlepee?

Two psychologists on opposite sides of the planet discuss the nature of relationships.

A free-range approach to treating OCD

...I just knew that my job was to find a cockroach, support David as he challenged his fears, and hold the camera steady...

The Cost of Cynicism

President Obama has challenged us “to reject cynicism and to reject fear, and to summon what is best in us…” It may be the biggest choice we ever make.
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Enough With the Trauma Reductionism!

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Psychology as a field has veered too far towards a social constructionist lens, placing too much emphasis on the effects of trauma, especially when it comes to sexuality.

Can a Cook Be Replaced by a Recipe?

Even manualized therapies need clinical thinkers.

Face It, Accept It, Deal With It, Let It Go

By Kristi Pikiewicz Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in Meaningful You
A practicing-Buddhist Taiwanese immigrant and an American secular Jewish psychoanalyst walk into a bar...

10 Reasons to Keep Moving Forward

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
Don’t let life throw you offtrack. Take the time you need to refocus and gain some clarity. You will be well prepared for your next adventure.

Outpatient Detox Model Gaining Popularity in Treatment

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on August 01, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Why ambulatory (outpatient) detox is more effective when treating substance abuse.

What Is Healthy Helping and Giving?

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on August 01, 2016 in Presence of Mind
Healthy givers have the will and the skill to set appropriate helping and giving boundaries. A new book supplies explanations and solutions for codependence and unhealthy giving.

The Importance of Our Time Perspective

We are all responsible for our actions – and our reactions. But equally important are our inactions, the action we chose not to take...

When Falling Brings About Great Work

In the blink of an eye, I found myself on the putty colored carpet surrounded by the shrapnel of scattered chair parts. And it was the best possible thing that could have happened.

What to Do When Treatment Doesn't Work

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 29, 2016 in Saving Normal
Giving up on curing the illness doesn't mean giving up on helping the patient.

Art Therapy Does Not Happen Through an Adult Coloring Book..

There is no doubt that adult coloring books can be forms of emotional grounding and relaxation, depending on the individual. But therapy is more than self-help and self-soothing.