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Psychotherapy

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 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.