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What’s the Difference Between a Psychologist vs a Psychiatrist?

It’s a common question people have, understanding the distinction between these two common types of mental health professionals. What’s the difference between a psychologist versus a psychiatrist? Is there one?...



 

Benefits of Therapy You Probably Didn’t Know About

Many of us have a narrow view of therapy. We think it’s solely for navigating clinical depression or severe anxiety or roller-coaster moods. We think it’s only an option when...



 

12 Depression Busters for New Moms

It’s supposed to be the most exciting time of your life … and everyone is telling you how lucky you are to have a beautiful baby, but all you can...



 

What It Means to Be a Mental Health Advocate—And How to Become One

Over the years, the stigma surrounding mental illness has significantly decreased. One of the biggest reasons? Mental health advocates. These are the individuals who tirelessly share their stories in all...



 

Why Therapy Is Actually Cool

When we start going to the gym, start taking a replenishing yoga class, start drinking more water, start taking a multivitamin, start going to an acupuncturist or a massage therapist,...



 

Thinking About Dumping Your Psychiatrist? Keys to Resolving Conflict

It’s too easy to bail on a therapeutic relationship rather than resolve the conflict. There are all sorts of conflicts that come up between psychiatrists and patients. There are disagreements...



 

Does Anxiety Cause PTSD or Does PTSD Cause Anxiety?

“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” ― Susan Pease Banitt This question came up in conversation when I was speaking with someone who...



 

A Note on Stigma from a Woman Who Is Trying to Fit In

The Super Bowl party that I attended was a quiet affair, about seven couples, with sloppy joes, a vegetable tray, chicken wings and beer and wine. Like magic, the men...



 

Overcoming the Double Standard Surrounding Psychiatric Medications

Women hold themselves to this standard where we’re supposed to be perfect. We all have our own image of what that should be, and it doesn’t involve taking psychiatric medication....



 

Should You Get Therapy or Life Coaching?

Life coaching is viewed by some as an alternative to therapy. Actually, coaching was one of many cognitive behavior therapy methods I learned to practice in graduate school. Thirty years...



 

The Journey of Mental Health Recovery: Why It’s a Good Thing

We are a society that likes results fast. We went from drive-thru lanes at fast-food restaurants to having Uber Eats bring our meal to us. Now, we can pull into a...



 

6 Life Lessons I Learned Last Year

Danish philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard once wrote, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” The beginning of a new year is an appropriate time...



 

Why Therapy Didn’t Work for Me

When I was 16 years old, I had a metabolism that was to die for. I could eat anything I wanted, whenever I wanted to, and was always hungry, which...



 

How Therapists Can Become Seat-of-the-Pants Counselors

I have been a therapist for four decades, working in a variety of settings, serving children and adults, individuals, couples, families and groups. My rolodex brain is filled to overflowing...



 

Thinking About Dumping Your Psychiatrist? You Might Not Need To

It’s tempting. I’ve been there. You hit a rough patch with your psychiatrist and you think, “I’m outta here.” There may be some things you can do to not only...