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Sidebars to Psycho-Branding

Carol Smaldino | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

For some time now, I've been developing the idea and practice of what I've called "inventing a therapy." The point has been, to my mind, that much of ...

This Thanksgiving, Thank Your Therapist -- Or Go Get One

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Kirk Edgerton

We should start referring friends to good therapists, unashamedly, the way we would refer them to a good dentist. For now, I thank my own, and hope that others find their own path to wellness, no matter what anyone else says.

Mental Health: The Big Elephant in the Room

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Eduardo Garcia

Experts believe that mental health issues should be no different than other chronic conditions, and as such should receive the same level of importance.

The Fearless Orgasm

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

I often have female patients seeing me because they can't achieve an orgasm when they are with their partners. Seeing me is usually their last ditch effort to try to fix things and usually after several visits to various medical professionals.

Thoughts on Psychotherapy and Speculations About Its Star Trekian Future

Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd Glauberman, Ph.D.

Kagan's observations beg the question about the extended future of therapy. Perhaps science fiction can provide an answer and offer a glimpse into what lies ahead.

Therapeutic Conversations: A Shameless Future for Mental Health

Oren Frank | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Oren Frank

"Mental health" needs a new narrative -- a fresh, contemporary point of view about our daily lives and challenges.

Change Is Messy

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Ruth Neubauer

Listening to the debates aroused my curiosity about Mr. Romney's understanding and practice of Patience, which comes with its partner Self-control and...

The Trouble With Happiness

Carol Smaldino | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

The trouble with happiness, as I see it, has to do with happiness as a goal whose urgency of achievement can overwhelm shades of feeling that are necessary for growth.

How to Attract Positive People in Your Life

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 12.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Orloff MD

Are you longing for relationships that do your heart good and generate stronger connections? Tired of poor choices? Tepid chemistry? Want a more commanding role in who you attract?

Why Would You Need a Shrink to Lose Weight?

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Irene Rubaum-Keller

Is weight loss psychological? Is it something that a shrink can help you with or not? Have you tried hard to lose weight on diet programs and not been successful? Do you know why that is?

Still Waters Run Deep

Dr. Debbie Magids | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debbie Magids

Therapy does not completely eradicate your issues. It lowers their volume and weakens their power. So if and when they do show up, we can recognize them, and put them back in their spot.

Embrace All Parts Of Your Soul For Personal Growth

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

While the power of positive thinking is an important and real possibility for us all in recasting our fates, the need to embrace the shadow -- those elements of our personality, our souls, of which we are least proud -- is a necessary element of transformation.

Trivializing the Trauma of Rape

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Robert D. Stolorow

As someone who has devoted more than two decades to the understanding and therapeutic approach to emotional trauma, I was absolutely appalled by Todd ...

Psychotherapy Is Effective, APA Says

Posted 08.10.2012 | Healthy Living

Psychotherapy is an effective option for treating people with certain mental or behavioral conditions, but its use has decreased over the past 10 year...

Mental Health Notes: Stuart Smalley and Neuroplasticity

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

What we now know about neural functioning indicates pretty strongly that what we think can and does change our brain. In the last 20 years there has been an explosion of new understanding in brain science.

How Your Therapist Might Be Making You Fearful

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Say goodbye to the fear-mongering therapists who keep you stuck forever. Take control and an active role in finding a therapist who will help you get better, once and for all, and not just provide you with a venue to vent.

Medical Boundaries: Which Are Necessary?

Judith Acosta | Posted 09.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

There was a time, not that long ago, that a doctor was not a deity surrounded by the impermeable membrane of incomprehensible technology. A doctor was just another member of the community.

3 Ways To Keep The Fearless (Love) Flame Burning

Terri Cole | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

Expecting to magically know how to create a healthy, loving, functional, committed relationship if your parents had an unhealthy, dysfunctional one is like expecting to suddenly become fluent in Chinese simply because you really want to be.

Natural Highs: A Positive Approach To Mood Alteration

Harvey B. Milkman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Harvey B. Milkman, Ph.D.

Although we have developed effective technologies to track the epidemiology of alcoholism, nicotine addiction, and other hedonic dependencies, strategies for their prevention and treatment remain sorely inept. We need new ways of managing pleasure that go beyond AA.

Dying for a Laugh: The Painful Birth of a Star

Barry Michels | Posted 09.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Barry Michels

Anyone can empathize with how uncomfortable it would be for someone with Vinny's background to ask for help. But by avoiding this vulnerability, Vinny had effectively dead-ended his career.

Becoming Fearlessly Independent

Terri Cole | Posted 09.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

A healthy life is a delicate balance between interdependence and self-dependence. Having the ability to be independent positively impacts all areas of your life. Self-reliance boosts self-confidence and can increase self-love and overall life satisfaction.

Tools For Dealing With The Fear Of Success

Terri Cole | Posted 08.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

It is safe to say most of us have some fear of failure. It makes sense. No one wants to be defeated, let down, or embarrassed. Interestingly enough, fear of success is the other side of the same coin.

Transforming Work Fears Into Career Confidence (VIDEO)

Terri Cole | Posted 08.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

This is your chance to take a fearless inventory at work and discover if unresolved past experiences are negatively impacting your desired professional path. What do you want more and less of in your career? What is your ideal work environment? Get honest about how fearful you are in the workplace and how you can channel that into becoming more fearless!

Creating a Supportive Environment: Why it Is Essential to Health and Not Just a Luxury

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 08.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

If living a long and healthy life is one of your goals, just remember to put more attention toward your environment, the people and relationships you have in your life, relaxation, daily activities that make you feel supported and happy, and your diet.

It's Time: Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Barry Michels | Posted 08.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Barry Michels

For most of us, avoidance becomes a way of life. We barricade ourselves behind an invisible barrier and don't venture out because beyond the wall is pain. This safe space Phil and I call the "comfort zone."