Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Why flexibility and therapeutic range are the future of practice
Shauna H Springer Ph.D.
A new documentary explores innovative treatments for PTSD.
For too long, we've tried treating patients while they are in the wrong mind state. This intervention can reduce anxiety and accelerate talk therapy.
Could our current approach to conversations about firearms and suicide risk be the reason why patients drop out of care, never to return to therapy?
PTSD comes with a set of stigmas that can themselves be dangerous, as they cause sufferers to keep quiet and avoid getting help.
After an attempted suicide by a patient, good clinicians often grapple with a range of difficult emotions and mentally anguishing questions.
We love our nation's warriors, but do we really understand them? Many people think that combat trauma should be our focus. Yet combat deployment is not associated with suicide.
Why are some people not engaging in social distancing—and what can we do about it?
How are those in less fortunate countries who face stress every day coping with COVID-19? Does experience with past stress "inoculate" us or increase the impact of further trauma?
The threat of COVID-19 has suddenly rewritten the unwritten rules that we live by. Yet operating in defense mode may lead to second-order effects we must address now.
Research on communication, gender, and disclosure can help us make conscious decisions about how we practice to create optimal therapeutic environments for those we serve.
Marines have not only been some of my best friends—they have been some of the most exceptional partners I’ve had on the front lines of this mental warfare we are facing.
A new book brings new insights.
Within minutes of receiving a stellate ganglion block injection, several patients have said things like, “it's like having a thousand-pound weight lifted off my chest."
For multiple reasons, promoting shame-based messages is ineffective as a strategy in preventing suicide.
Ever become tearful during a session with a patient? What did you do? If you are like me, you tried hard to inhibit any tearfulness. But I don't do that anymore.
Developing and deploying a tactical analysis of the war on hopelessness has profoundly shifted my work with veterans and first responders.
In the career transitions of pro athletes and military veterans, the individual resilience factors targeted for interventions are not the dominant factors.
One thing that determines how much patients will open up is how much anxiety a therapist transmits to them.
In the wake of a tragedy like the Thousand Oaks mass shooting, fear rises up and distorts the truth. As someone who is close to many Marines, here is what I know to be true.
After being asked by several warriors to comment on Britta Reque-Dragicevic’s article, “When You Can’t be a Warrior Anymore…Is There a Reason to Go On," this is what I think.
Do pastors and others in ministry roles have some underappreciated suicide risk factors?
Those who survive suicide attempts often look back on their crisis with a different perspective.
The power of Tribe works for veterans and civilians alike. When we reach a tipping point in understanding this, we will see changes in our rates of suicide.
When therapists think about termination, they generally focus on minimizing the negative impact for patients. But what happens when you have to say goodbye to many of them at once?
By getting up at 4:30 a.m., I have already made a powerful statement to myself that I am willing to work for what I want in a single-minded, extremely determined way.
If you do a review of what has worked for you in the past, what can you discover about how to set the stage for success with your goals?
When it comes to fitness goals, if you find a type of movement that feels both good and right to you, it’s much more likely to become a habit.
There is no shortage of crash diet options, but what if our bodies need time to acclimate? What if they actually need a slow-cooked method of change over a long period of time?
As we wrap up 2016 and head into a new year, is there a fork in your own road that you need to see with greater clarity and focus? Here's a decision-making "hack" that may help.
My patient never returned. Her father called four days later, delighted to report that I had “worked a miracle.” Yet I see what happened as a failure on my part.
Shauna Springer, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, relationship and lifestyle researcher, and author of Marriage, for Equals: The Successful Joint (Ad)Ventures of Well-Educated Couples.