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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...



 

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...