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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...



 

Psychotherapy Myths: Therapy Can’t Treat Serious Mental Illness

There’s misperception among some people today that psychotherapy isn’t effective for serious mental illness and therefore can’t be used to treat it. A person might say, “Well, I have severe...



 

5 Best Practices for Maintaining Good Mental Health

Mental health rarely gets the credibility it deserves. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, 43.8 million adults in America experience mental health issues in a given...



 

The Collaborative Nature of Psychotherapy

“I don’t believe in psychotherapy.”  “Therapy is for crazy people; you’re not crazy.” “Therapy is for narcissists who just like to hear themselves talk.” “Therapy is for weak wimps who...



 

Who Can Benefit from Virtual Reality CBT?

I have previously written about the possible benefits of using virtual reality (VR) in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Now it seems that virtual-reality based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has...



 

Psychology Around the Net: March 10, 2018

Happy Saturday, sweet readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net dives into a new study on holding hands to reduce pain, the role of neuroscience in the courtroom, one psychiatrist’s...



 

8 Ways to Support Yourself Through Bereavement

As we age we are inevitably bereaved more often, and it is at a time of our life when we are more vulnerable. Research shows that the generation that are...



 

Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Effective for Children and Adolescents with OCD?

There is no question that having a child with obsessive-compulsive disorder affects the whole family. I’ve written before about how pediatric OCD results in disrupted routines, stressful social interactions for...



 

Depressed by the News? Here Are 7 Strategies for Self-Care

First the good news about all the bad news you might be reading and seeing these days: Bad news cannot cause depression. Depression is a complex biological illness, and in...



 

When Therapy Changes a Life

There are many forms of art that can be used in therapy. Finger painting is one of the mediums that is fun and entertaining as clients explore their emotions through...



 

Do Beliefs Shape Outcomes?

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end...



 

Is Your Internet Use Killing Your Productivity and Making You Depressed?

We’ve expanded our minds. It’s no longer contained inside our heads — it now includes our devices, social media, and essentially anything digital. While the connectedness available to us today...



 

Why Too Much Self-Control Can Be a Bad Thing

Self-control refers to our ability to restrain acting on momentary urges, impulses, and wants in favor of longer-term goals. Who doesn’t want more of that?  Most of us think that...



 

Mental Health Stigma: A Doctor Who Has Been in Your Shoes

Your doctor may relate to your mental health concerns more than he or she can say. Imagine you are sitting with your primary care doctor sharing your symptoms of depression,...



 

Eating Disorders Breed Disconnection

I have worked with hundreds of women who struggle with disordered eating and poor body image. Some clients obsessively track calories or Weight Watcher’s points. Some try to restrict their...