Essential Reads

The Difference between Sadness and Depression

Knowing the difference can significantly impact your quality of life

Dark Thoughts Could be a Sign of Healthy Functioning

When we get stronger, we're more capable of exploring our fears.

Demons, Drivers and Defenses

Will therapy make you happier but less creative?

Why Study Coincidences? Part 2

To help increase self-awareness and encourage psychological change

Recent Posts on Therapy

Radicalized Islamic Youth

By Paul Rhodes Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 Post Clinical
Why we need socioculturally-informed community-based intervention for radicalized young people.

5 Reasons Suffering People Don’t Want to Try Medication

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on October 04, 2015 Full Living
While it is true that we live in a world that too quickly turns to medication, it doesn't mean people with anxiety and depressive disorders should go without. This may be our one and only life; it is worth removing barriers to our contentment.

Depression Treatment Stinks. What Next?

Reinventing the wheel has not produced better wheels. The treatment options for depression need to become widened and opened up - with the emphasis on improving overall health.

An Overwhelmed Graduate Student

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 04, 2015 How To Do Life
A transcript of a part of my session with a client. Many lessons embedded.

We Want to Accept Our Feelings, But How Do We Do It?

Focusing was developed through research into psychotherapy effectiveness. Eugene Gendlin found that those clients who were attending to their bodily felt experience in a caring, gentle way were making the most progress in psychotherapy. This article describes Focusing as a path of befriending our experience just as it is.

The Story Game

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 03, 2015 How To Do Life
A game you can play with yourself or a client that can yield key revelations.

The Difference between Sadness and Depression

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Because we associate depression with its primary symptom of pervasive sadness, many of us struggle to tell the difference between these two common psychological states. And that is a huge problem.

Four Reasons to Consider Making a Psychotherapy Appointment

Psychotherapy aims at helping an individual with issues related to mental health, interpersonal communication, and problematic behaviors, make positive life changes. The main objective is to help relieve symptoms and resolve underlying concerns by having directed conversations focused on increasing self-awareness and improving psychological and relational well-being.

Albert Ellis Was the Real Expert on Bullying

By Izzy Kalman on October 02, 2015 Resilience to Bullying
Albert Ellis is one of the most influential psychologists of all time, and was an expert at teaching people how to stop being bullied, though no one recognized him as such. He could have told us that the popular bullying psychology couldn't work because it is based on irrational beliefs.

How Do You Know When Your Therapy Needs Help?

How do I know when my therapy is deadlocked? The following discussion was provoked by feedback we received on a blog entry on the “doctor-patient relationship,” and provides food for thought for both therapists and their patients.

Use of Music in Counseling and Coaching

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 How To Do Life
Artistic ability—music, photography, even coffee-making—can enhance sessions.

Therapy and Meds Fight Depression

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 01, 2015 Open Gently
Therapy can help you beat depression, even those its effectiveness has been overestimated.

Bilateral Drawing: Self-Regulation for Trauma Reparation

Current trauma research indicates that bilateral stimulation in the form of eye movement desensitization (EMDR) and similar methods are effective for many individuals. But is there a more creative way to engage cross-hemisphere activity for reparation and recovery?

The Vicious Circle of Ignorance

Applying strategies for cancer denial to students who hide their ignorance

Living a Meaningful Life

Although we might think happiness – or the pursuit of it – will make us feel better about ourselves and our lives, research indicates that it’s actually finding greater meaning in our lives that, at the end of the day – or our lives – is more fulfilling.

Whatever Happened to Assertiveness Training?

Getting mellow and relaxed in response to stress can be a good thing, but it can also lead to staying in a bad situation that might otherwise be fixed, particularly in dysfunctional families. Cognitive behavior therapists used to counsel their patients on how to speak up for themselves, but seem to have forgotten the "assertiveness" techniques they used to champion.

The 6 Mental Health Habits That Kill Your Confidence

Do you struggle with self-doubt and self-defeating habits? Do you want to feel more confident about yourself and what you have to offer? Do you focus on pleasing others, rather than following your dreams and living your best life? The best way to start feeling better about yourself is to notice the automatic mental and emotional habits that don’t serve you well.

Smartphones and the Future of Health Care

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Media Spotlight
A new article published in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal discusses how specially equipped smartphones can transform mental health care by providing state-of-the-art monitoring of people at risk. But how far are we likely to go in terms of using smartphones and other kinds of digital technology to monitor people we believe will be at risk?

Love is Lovely, but Hate Gives Love its Teeth

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on September 25, 2015 Full Living
Hate is a normal part of mature, relevant love. A love that holds the reality of hate is stronger and can withstand the trials of time in a way that new, idealized love could never hold a candle to.

Dark Thoughts Could be a Sign of Healthy Functioning

Healthier people can tolerate more subjective distress.

Demons, Drivers and Defenses

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on September 25, 2015 A Sideways View
Does therapy destroy as much as it creates? Can your demons act as a wonderful source of inspiration? Or is that nonsense? Surely therapy is aimed at making us happier, healthier and better able to cope with the vicissitudes of life?

“God” in a Pill?

An underlying fantasy of those who rely on psychiatric medication—in isolation—without meaningful psychosocial therapies. And—if “God is in the pill,” then the devil must be in the side effects!

Patient Not Business Partner?

By C Philip Hodson on September 24, 2015 Protect Your Practice
Why entering into business with a former patient might mean a big pitfall.

Art Therapy With Sex Offenders: Exposing the Fragile Self

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on September 24, 2015 Art on Trial
Guest blogger Cindy Chen focuses on the challenges of using art therapy with sex offenders to identify treatment barriers, build alliances and establish resiliency, and even to work with her own counter-transferential issues.

Relevant Psychoanalysis: "What Does This Email Mean?"

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on September 23, 2015 Stepmonster
More and more, patients bring their iPhones into therapy sessions. And their longing, too. Here's how smart shrinks handle it...

Why Study Coincidences? Part 2

Meaningful coincidences can jolt us into examining our own minds and our relationship with the world in which our minds are immersed.

Why Study Coincidences? Part 1

Coincidences are useful in ways most people never consider. Once you become aware of them, you realize what a recurrent part of life they are. They are intertwined with so many of the things we hold to be important.

Taming The Anxious Mind

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 22, 2015 Science of Choice
Facing your worst fear is a powerful measure in overcoming anxiety.

Primal Glee

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 22, 2015 On Having Fun
There's no such practice as Kefiatry. But it sure sounds like fun.

Aren’t Some People Just Smarter Than Others?

The different races can be analogized to identical twins reared apart.