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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...



 

Psychotherapy vs Life Coaching: The Confession of an Old-School Therapist

I was educated in the IV league. That’s right, its “IV” like the roman numeral for four and not “ivy” like the plant. That means I attended one of the...



 

Psychotherapy and Medication (and Thrift Shopping) Will Beat My Depression

For the last few months, I’ve been depressed, so much so that I haven’t been able to thrift shop. Thrift shopping is my cure-all. This particular kind of retail therapy...



 

Is Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy a Well-Guarded Secret?

OCD Awareness Week 2018 has come and gone and there were many successful, informative events to help all those whose lives have been touched by obsessive-compulsive disorder. There was also...



 

6 Common Therapy Myths

So many times, I have cringed at friends or family when they talk about their misconstrued concepts of what therapy is. Unfortunately, the messages we receive from movies and television...



 

I’m No Psychopharmacologist

The summer of 2018 went fine. Tommy, my 13-year-old son, was enrolled in several summer camps, which he enjoyed; we had no discernible immediate family issues, and I was in...



 

A Promising Therapy for Healing PTSD

When he left active duty, Brian Anderson, an Army Green Beret with 14 years of service, 33 months in combat and 3 Bronze Stars, started experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress...



 

‘Fear, paranoia, and pressure’: Challenges to Accessing Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Barriers to access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) threaten addiction recovery and complicate the safety of clinicians’ jobs, thereby hindering the national response to the opioid epidemic. MAT is a treatment...



 

5 Reasons to See a Therapist

There are many reasons people seek out therapy — grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and relationships are among the most common. Some problems in your life may feel tolerable whereas...



 

Therapeutic Ethics: A Sacred Bond of Trust

As a licensed Social Worker (MSW, LSW), I am required to take an ethics class every two years as part of my continuing education. These guidelines were established by the...



 

Why Don’t Therapists Talk About Themselves in Session?

In any relationship, when you reveal something vulnerable about yourself, about your life, the other person typically does the same. Maybe they don’t do it in the same conversation, but...



 

Good Therapy Fosters Success in Marriage

Good therapy has helped countless women succeed in marriage. Often a women (or man) can get in her own way without knowing it. Ambivalence about marrying can cause her to...



 

Replacing the Irreplaceable: On Finding a New Therapist

Some are between jobs. Some people are between husbands. I’m between psychiatrists. Last week, I saw my psychiatrist of 19 years for the very last time. Unfortunately, he was retiring....



 

The Healing Qualities of Music Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment

Various types of therapies have proven to be useful in alcohol and drug rehab programs, but music therapy is a tool that many individuals seeking treatment may not understand fully....



 

What If the 12-Step Model Doesn’t Work for You?

In the 12-step program, if you’re not getting better it’s because you can’t or won’t adhere to the simple program — and it is definitely your fault. “Rarely have we...