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Psychotherapy

The Magical Healing Power Of Caring and Hope in Psychotherapy

Allen Frances | Posted 07.06.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

There are three consistent research findings that should make a world of difference to therapists and to the people they treat.

An Appeal for Cognitive Dissonance

Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Kerry L. Malawista, MSW, Ph.D.

In my recent blog on The Huffington Post entitled "Finding the Story as Therapist and Writer," I presented a brief clinical vignette describing how my...

An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

Minaa B | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

I was raised to be a strong, black woman who could handle her own emotions -- not ask someone to help me sort them out. How dare I need treatment for feeling worthless and for being bullied when I come from a lineage of ancestors who used strength and endurance as a way to survive?

The Psychology Behind Ghosting

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 07.01.2015 | Women
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

The mysterious disappearing act newly popularized as "ghosting" surfaces as a frequent topic in psychotherapy. Ghosted individuals wonder how and why someone would suddenly disappear following a series of great dates or months of a great relationship.

Making Therapy Work for You: Have Your Feelings Without Your Feelings Having You

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

Some believe that venting will help them to heal, others feel that it will be most helpful to remain distanced from their feelings so that they can analyze them. They're both right. And they're both wrong.

11 Tips for Choosing (and Keeping) a Psychotherapist

Moshe Ratson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Moshe Ratson

Psychotherapy isn't just for people who are anxious, depressed, or experiencing a dramatic life crisis. In fact, most people stand to benefit from talking openly about their thoughts and feelings with a neutral, nonjudgmental professional who guides them through their challenges.

Making Therapy Work for You Continued -- Tool 1: Take Off the Mask

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

To get the most out of psychotherapy try to show as many of the different parts of your personality in your session as you can. We all wear masks -- personas -- to get along in less intimate settings such as professional situations, and to get through difficult times.

The Three Stages of Depression, as Defined by Pathetic 80's Love Ballads

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 06.18.2015 | Comedy
Laura Lifshitz

If you've ever been depressed and had someone ask how you feel, after a while it gets boring just saying, "I'm depressed ... still." or "I'm depressed ... yet again."

10 Tips to Make Therapy Work for You

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

Therapists do try to explain what it means to work in therapy, but it's difficult to describe briefly how the process works, and delivering even a short discourse in session can be disruptive to the natural flow of the work.

Best Counselor in Los Angeles

Ira Israel | Posted 06.09.2015 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

When looking for a counselor or psychotherapist you should know the differences between psychiatrists, psychologists, PsyDs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and Life Coaches.

How I Learned to Manage Bipolar Disorder

Dan Seider | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Seider

Five years ago I was going into the second year of my undergrad at the University of Guelph. The semester was going well. I was living with friends an...

Question: Does Cognitive Behavior Therapy Include Insight?

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

Answer: Insight is always a part of cognitive therapy -- an important part, but not an end in itself. We help patients gain insight into why they ...

14 Common Misconceptions About People Who Go To Therapy

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Sahaj Kohli

I periodically hear questions or comments that remind me going to therapy is not as normalized or as acceptable as I had hoped. So in an attempt to shed light on the truth about seeing a therapist and raise awareness, here is a list of 14 things you shouldn't assume about people who go to therapy.

Obsession With Confined Space

Marwa Azab | Posted 05.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marwa Azab

Why are we so fascinated with walls? Tall, thick and soundproof? For the longest time, isolation has been a method of shunning a person who has tran...

Irvin D. Yalom: A Conversation

Terence Clarke | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Terence Clarke

I spoke with Yalom recently, interested in why he writes both fiction and non-fiction. I wanted to ask him which of these forms he prefers, and what does each form require of him that the other does not.

Don't Give Up On the Difficult Patient

Allen Frances | Posted 05.31.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Most therapists prefer 'easy' patients who don't make waves. Whenever things aren't going well in treatment, it is far too easy for the therapist to blame the patient, not himself or a bad match-up.

Social Media: A Narcissist's Virtual Playground

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

When does normal adolescence angst become a compulsive need for affirmation? And when does that angst turn into pathological narcissism? For starters, we might look at the devices in our hands.

5 Things Dads Can Do To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

Michael Ascher, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Ascher, M.D.

As men are now being called upon to spend more time and participate in the direct care of their kids, they often find themselves emotionally overwhelmed trying to balance work, relationship and family demands.

Life, the Photo-Op

Ira Israel | Posted 05.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ira Israel

Of late I have seldom been in a social situation - even yoga and meditation classes! - that was immune from being captured for all to see throughout the universe in perpetuity via Facebook and Instagram.

DNA on the Couch

Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D.

My experience, as well as newer theories about psychotherapy, all tell me that it's not what we say, but rather the power of the therapeutic relationship that often makes the biggest difference. Maybe someday we'll discover that it leads to epigenetic changes later in life.

Psychotherapy Works, But Not For Everyone

Allen Frances | Posted 04.12.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Treatments that work well for most don't work well for all. And even effective treatments have side effects and complications. This is true of medication and surgery- and it is also true of psychotherapy.

Food and Dreams: How Eating Habits Can Impact Sleep and Dreaming

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

If you want good night's sleep, maybe you should think twice about that big glass of milk before bedtime. Or that bowl of ice cream, or the cold slic...

10 Effective Tips to Help Your Loved One Seek Treatment for a Substance Use Problem

Michael Ascher, M.D. | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Ascher, M.D.

Reality television shows often portray dramatic and provocative "interventions" that claim to result in radical change. Unfortunately, these types of approaches rarely work and can serve to alienate and shame the individual, often leaving him or her with lower self-esteem, self-hatred and hopelessness.

All Of My Shrinks Were Women

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Comedy
Robert S. Schwartz

As I had suspected all along, but couldn't quite figure out who or how, it took a woman (albeit an Asian women who I had a slight language barrier with) to help me figure out my problems with women.

Putting The Mind And Soul Back Into Psychiatry

Allen Frances | Posted 02.01.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

We must get back to treating the whole person, not just his brain circuits. The brain is involved in all we do and what we are, but it is also itself influenced by our psychology and social context.