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Mental Health: US vs UK

August 7th, 2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin this fall in the United States, with the health care exchange signups at the state level. So it's a good time to pause and reflect. What would an ideal American mental health system eventually look like, ...

When You Can’t Afford Psychotherapy

When You Can't Afford PsychotherapyYou know you’re in trouble. Maybe you’ve been depressed for what seems like ages. You can’t get motivated to do things. You don’t enjoy doing the things that used to give you the most pleasure. Your sleep and appetite are off. Sex? ...

The Blueprint for a Sucessful Practice: Methods of Marketing Your Business and Increasing Your Bottom Line

BOOK REVIEW.
The Blueprint for a Successful Practice by Gina Spielman is a book for people who have decided to take the plunge and start their own business. Although Spielman is a licensed clinical social worker and writes the book from the perspective of starting a psychotherapy private practice, the book remains applicable to all types ...

Applying for State-Assisted Health Insurance, Part 2

1/7/10 My first complete week without health insurance. As I still had hope I would be on Commonwealth Choice for February, I started researching when the last day of the current month is that you can purchase insurance for the following month. I want to hold out as long as I can before buying ...

Applying for State-Assisted Health Insurance, Part 1

In early December, my employer kicked me off of their group health insurance plan. While it was a terrible plan with high co-pays and many uncovered services, it was better than no health plan at all. I live in Massachusetts, which I believe is the only state where it is illegal to not have health ...

Quitting Therapy

Yesterday I quit therapy. This was a big decision; one I thought long and hard about. Psychotherapy has always been helpful, but I simply didn’t want to go anymore. My sessions had ceased covering tragic life events, occupational crises, my childhood, and my parents. Therapy had become a place where I ...