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How to Know if Therapy Is Working

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

In many cases, it's difficult for clients to know whether they're making progress because therapists do not necessarily state the goals and desired ou...

'Disappeared David' -- Trauma and Dissociation

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

I was helping my mother clean closets. The closets in my parents' bedroom had built in cabinets, way, way up high for long-term storage. For some re...

Running a Marathon Was One of the Best Decisions of My Life

Julie Meyer Taylor | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Meyer Taylor

After feeling inadequate for so long, I suddenly remembered what it felt like to be good at something. I had run a marathon! I had a new friend. I was reacquainted with the idea that I was athletic, talented, and hard-working. I had given myself a gift.

10 Things Healthy Men Should Do With Women

Margaret Hession | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Margaret Hession

Most of us who have been in an honest and intimate relationship know that sometimes it's good, even excellent; and sometimes it's bad. Really bad -- as in Titanic bad. And when it's bad that's when we have the capacity to do the most harm. Repeatedly, actually.

When Your Family Or Friends Need Therapy -- But Are Reluctant To Go

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

Your family member or friend needing therapy may predict that therapy will lead to their feeling worse, not better. If so, it's no wonder you've been met with resistance when you bring it up. But here are some things you might ask them to consider:

If You're Skeptical About Psychotherapy...

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

Therapy is sometimes portrayed as a selfish and indulgent undertaking. If that's your concern, rest easy and find yourself a good therapist. There are many ways to help make the world a better place and therapy is one of them; it ideally sends us off better prepared to do our personal part for the world, whatever that may be. Including skepticism.

Psychotherapy in (and of) Everyday Life

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

We don't often stop to realize that our daily interactions with other people -- to whom we might feel love, hate or indifference -- can help us bec...

7 Ways To Approach Therapy Like A New Relationship

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Sahaj Kohli

If we approach our relationships with therapists like other relationships -- new, potentially-satisfying, open -- we can stop looking at therapy as this intimidating, scary thing that one needs when they don't have control of their life, thus de-stigmatizing it.

Learning How to Respect Your Struggles

Minaa B | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices
Minaa B

Respect Your Struggle believes that in life there is room for failure. You don't have to be afraid of being different. You don't always have to be strong. You are not alone in your suffering, and despite the struggles that you face, your life is deserving of its best chance.

How to Eliminate ISIS

David Edmund Moody | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
David Edmund Moody

Perhaps the world's attitude of futility stems from the assumption that ISIS can only be conquered with weapons of war. The world is weary of war, especially in the Middle East, and with good reason.

6 Signs You Worry Too Much About What Others Think: Why It's a Problem and What to Do About It

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

This being true to your whole self -- this individuation -- isn't easy. It takes courage and perseverance, but in the long run it feels better. And for many people, bringing their unique offerings to the world is what gives their life meaning.

The Brain Game: A Neuroscientist on Life Coaching

Marnie Nir | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Marnie Nir

The human brain is an incredible, powerful, adaptable machine - it's up to us to program it according to what's in our hearts.

Regrets and What to Do With Them

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Approaching regret from a cognitive point of view, reframing our thoughts from the past to the future, and asking, "What's next?" can also help to process regrets.

The Amygdala Is Not the Brain's Fear Center

Joseph LeDoux | Posted 08.12.2015 | Science
Joseph LeDoux

The idea that the amygdala is the home of fear in the brain is just that--an idea. It is not a scientific finding but instead a conclusion based on an interpretation of a finding. So what is the finding, what is the interpretation, and how did the interpretation come about?

Connecting to Your Inner Truth: 4 Simple Tools

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 08.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

A question I hear a lot from clients is how do I know what to do? How do I know what action to take? Where to live? How to follow my passion? Whethe...

8 Ways to Be Your Therapist's Favorite Patient

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 07.28.2015 | Comedy
Laura Lifshitz

So you're in therapy and secretly or not-so secretly, you have taken your therapist on as a second mom or dad.

The Power of Transforming Your Story in Psychotherapy

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

This is the 5th in a series of posts about how clients can use depth psychotherapy effectively. For an introduction see my post 10 Tips to Make Therap...

The Daily Nightmare of Benzo Withdrawal

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

After being put on Clonazepam in her mid-thirties to treat her panic attacks, Dr. Jennifer Leigh remained on the drug for 18 years. Without ever dev...

Dementia 101: Therapy Can Help

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

Choosing to participate in psychotherapy can be a difficult decision. It's easy to make a list of excuses to put it off -- it costs too much, I don't ...

Making Therapy Work for You: Forge an Authentic Connection With Your Therapist

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

Taking an active role in forging an authentic connection with your therapist has lasting rewards. It will help you to gain insight into your patterns of interaction, and, if you allow your therapist to have some importance in your life, it will allow deep healing to occur.

A Good Psychiatrist Is Hard to Find

Abilash Gopal, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Abilash Gopal, M.D.

Until more talented doctors go into psychiatry, patients will continue to find it extremely difficult to find a good psychiatrist, and stories about patients receiving substandard psychiatric care will overshadow stories about good treatment.

What Is the Difference Between a Psychiatrist, a Psychologist, a Psychotherapist and a Counselor?

Ira Israel | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Do not be afraid to shop around to find a therapist who is going to meet you where you are at and provide the services, tools, advice, direction and emotional support that is going to help you overcome whatever is holding you back from leading a productive life.

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 08.11.2015 | 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?