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Psychotherapy

3 Steps To Get Out Of Your Hidden Depression

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 07.10.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

The good news is that you can feel better. If you are in a relationship, you can feel more connected. And your family can function in a much healthier manner. These three steps are a beginning. The beginning of a journey where you will start to know who you really are.

What Buddhism and Psychotherapy Are Learning From Each Other

David Loy | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
David Loy

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. --Carl Jung Whenever Buddhism has spread to ...

Who's to Blame for Your So-Called Career? Surprise!

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.24.2014 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Psychologist Ellen Winner says it's now widely believed that if parents put in enough work, "it may not be all that difficult to produce a child prodigy." Whoa. It's all about work, and wanting it enough. Them. Us. Boom.

Ira Israel

Ira Israel | Posted 06.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

How does one alter one's perspective to perceive that being obligated to show up someplace for 15-20 hours per week is a tremendous luxury?

10 Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony

Ira Israel | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Hats off to Bob Morris for his ruthlessly whitebread, antiseptic article in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times! Glamorizing ayahuasca with celebrity quotes and citing the LA Weekly in calling it "exceedingly trendy" is irresponsible on so many levels!

Recalibrating Our Expectations of Childbirth

Cara Paiuk | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Most births don't have complications but some do, and it is unfortunate when women feel they or their births are failures for failing to meet their preconceived notions of success. Women should strive for a birth that is manageable and meaningful, but without a sense of entitlement that it must be fast, painless, and stoic.

'Godfather Of Ecstasy' Dies

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 06.04.2014 | Science

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alexander Shulgin, a respected chemist famed for dusting off a decades-old recipe for the psychedelic drug ecstasy, died Monday...

What Being A Therapist Taught Me About Gratitude

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Over 40 years of almost continuous practice: It is hard to really comprehend that amount of time. I do comprehend, though, what a blessing it is to have been part of a profession that has brought richness and meaning to so many days of my life. I am grateful.

What You Need to Know About Therapy

Peter Field | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Field

Recognizing the need for help and doing something about that need, far from being a sign of weakness, is an indication of maturity and strength.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: How Learning About Your Mind Can Help Your LIfe

Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D.

Talking about all of the parts of your mind -- conscious and unconscious -- helps put together the full story of your life. Understanding how and why you came to be the way you are can help you to move forward in your life in new ways

Diagnosis, Decisions, and Disorders of the Mind

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One line of criticism holds that the DSM focuses too much on superficial symptoms of mental disorders, ignoring underlying dynamics. Instead of focusing on and naming clinical syndromes, critics say, the manual (and the field) ought to target the specific, disordered cognitive processes that underlie labels.

Reasons Not to Be Happy

Mindy Utay | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mindy Utay

Our thoughts and feelings are powerful, but many are based on old ways of seeing, and not reflective of the truth. We are not looking at the world through clear lenses.

How You Can 'Grow' Your Mental Health

Douglas LaBier | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

Creating a vision of what psychological health looks like in today's world is a challenge.

How to Not Murder Your Ex

Mark Morford | Posted 06.01.2014 | Divorce
Mark Morford

Simple rules we live by. Basic laws we insist upon. Zucchini is pointless. Orchids are fantastic. Politics will mutilate your soul. If you are not fr...

Approaches You Don't Know About for Helping Someone With Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

I know that substance abuse problems vary in terms of severity, fright and heartbreak, and yet I am optimistic! In research and clinical work alike, I've seen the evidence over the past 40 years that families and friends make a difference in helping someone who struggles with drinking, drugs or other compulsive behaviors. Often, it is the critical difference.

How To Choose The Best Type Of Psychotherapy For You

Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D.

Some types of psychotherapy are short-term, lasting a few weeks, while others are long-term, lasting months or years. Some focus mostly on the problem at hand, while others encourage people to speak freely about whatever comes to mind in order to uncover unconscious thoughts and feelings.

What You Need to Know About Hypnosis

Peter Field | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Field

The Trance That Damages Over the years, many people have asked me why I became a therapist, or more precisely, how I became a "hypno-therapist." "Wh...

"You're Edgy and Irritable" My Wife Says

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

My characters and their dynamisms derive from some hidden (or maybe not-so-well buried) place within me. I cannot "leave them behind" at the office.

A Bible for Budding Screenwriters

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Dennis Palumbo

Years ago, while in the process of making the transition from Hollywood screenwriter to psychotherapist, I taught classes for UCLA Extension's Writer'...

Psychotherapy? Medication? Both? Neither?

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Tansey

On paper, two individuals may appear to be suffering from seemingly identical problems. But as I hope to demonstrate, decisions about treatment recommendations can only competently emerge from a careful assessment of the very particular individual, beyond how problems may appear on the surface.

What Psychedelic Research Can Teach Us About Mental Health

Natalie Ginsberg | Posted 05.18.2014 | Science
Natalie Ginsberg

Psychedelic-assisted therapy has not only proven effective in alleviating terminally ill patients' anxiety, but has also yielded promising results in treating a variety of intractable psychological conditions over the years.

What's Your Story? Making Use of Your Past

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

There is no such thing as a story without a listener. This uniquely human act of telling our story both creates us and connects us. The character we narrate gives birth to the character we are in the context of a relationship.

Emily Thomas

First LSD Study In Decades Shows Medical Promise

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Thomas | Posted 03.06.2014 | Science

After a decades-long pause on LSD medical research, the results of the first LSD study approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 40 years h...

When Love Is a Battlefield

Mindy Utay | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mindy Utay

A spouse that has gone through attachment trauma needs a strong relationship more than ever. Avoid allowing a trauma to tear your marriage apart. Seek help from a professional and begin working towards a stronger relationship for both of you.

Searching for a Great Psychotherapist

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael J. Tansey

The notion of acknowledging the need for professional help and calling a perfect stranger regarding matters that are deeply personal is a very hard thing to do. This does not make all that go away, but be well aware that the first phone call for virtually everyone is daunting.