"If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia" - The Second Sin, 1973 Well, today Dr. Thomas Szasz talks to us, and we're fortunate. My honored guest is a genuine maverick in the mental health field, a man who has "done more than anyone else to challenge psychiatry to abandon the destructive use of force and replace it with consent, trust, and adherence to the Hippocratic injunction to do no harm."
Today the Seven Questions welcomes the 2009 president of the American Psychological Association. It just seems fitting to hear from a president this week. Dr. Bray joins an esteemed panel of influential authors, theorists and policymakers who impart their views on fundamental issues in psychotherapy.
This week's installment features John Gray, Ph.D., author of the Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus series that has sold over 40,000,000 books. The Seven Questions project asks the same seven psychotherapy-related questions to influential therapists: prominent historical figures, top officers in the professional associations and popular authors. I welcome Dr. Gray, one of the best selling authors of all time.
This blog is the user's guide to psychotherapy, but after reading the results of PT's therapist survey I feel a need to address my fellow therapists. Several respondents requested information on preventing and treating therapist burnout. I'll take a crack at this professional conundrum and include some tips for clients of burnt out therapists.
Part I of this series covered the merits of the termination phase. Part II described the ideal circumstances for termination. But not all therapy reaches the final chapter. Today I'll look at some of the non-ideal reasons people leave therapy.
Part I of my miniseries on termination covered the value of a good ending in therapy and reasons why both therapists and clients sometimes avoid it. Today I begin diving into the reasons why and when therapy should end.
"Termination" is clinical jargon for the last phase of therapy. It has its own fancy term and deserves five posts because it's that important. In fact, for some it's the most profoundly healing, meaningful and transformative phase of therapy. But many clients split before they're able to reap the benefits of a good termination.
We here at PT have some fine blogs on health, integrative medicine and pain, but nothing addressing physical disability in general. With 12% to 20% of the population qualifying as disabled I think the subject is worth a few posts. I hope to kick start some dialogue by interviewing Dr. Galen Buckwalter: scientist, punk vocalist, quadriplegic and star of the PBS documentary Rolling.
July 29th at 11:42am Pacific Time, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California. This being L.A., there were probably 1000+ people in therapy sessions who were shaken out of their chair. What thoughts raced through therapist's minds?
A common misunderstanding about therapy is that it's supposed to help us feel better each week. Many equate psychotherapy with the day spa where we enter with tension and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. But we don't always feel better; sometimes we feel worse.
We've covered who goes to therapy and how to find a therapist, so welcome to your initial appointment. I hope to demystify what can be an anxiety provoking experience and help get your treatment off to a good start.
As I write this, 500+ acres in the mountains surrounding my home are aflame. 1000 people have been evacuated, myself included. What a perfect opportunity to discuss the topic of therapeutic objectivity.
Before addressing how clients can get the most from their therapy, we should cover some basics: who goes to therapy, how to find a therapist and the roles/rules/boundaries of therapy. We'll start with who goes to therapy, and why.
This blog is written for people who are in therapy or considering therapy. I want to demystify the unique and often strange process of therapy to help empower clients get the most out of their time, money and effort.