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The Heat of the Moment in Treatment: Mindful Management of Difficult Clients

November 1st, 2014
"What about my pain?" Sandra asked, her brow furrowed. "It's my back. My primary care doctor says I need more meds." "You can ask the nurse for Tylenol or ibuprofen," I said, trying to maintain my composure seated across from Sandra on the inpatient psychiatric ward, "or I can add some naproxen, if you would like." "But ...

Book Review: The First Interview

BOOK REVIEW.
“Hi. I’m Dr. Riddle,” I say, pulling a chair up next to the gurney. “I’m one of the psychiatrists in the emergency department this evening. Would you have time to chat for a few minutes?” The young woman on the gurney tries a half smile. I take that as consent. “What brings you into the ...

Tips for the Mental Health Provider Working in a Hospital Setting

Tips for the Mental Health Provider Working in a Hospital SettingWorking as a mental health provider in a hospital setting can be a challenging and at times intimidating experience, especially for early career professionals and trainees. Medical professionals run the gambit from ...

The Origins of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Therapists Spill: 10 Tips for Making the Most of TherapyBrief Synopsis It is well known that Wilhelm Wundt is the father of experimental psychology, founding the first formal laboratory for psychological research at the University of Leipzig in 1879; in reality what was then thought as experimental psychology ...

Charting the Course for Treating Children with Autism: A Beginner’s Guide for Therapists

BOOK REVIEW.
For therapists who work with children on the autism spectrum, the family interview or assessment can be quite difficult. It can be hard to determine how much information to obtain and how much information to omit. And for many of us, getting a parent or family to remain focused during the assessment and provide structured ...

DSM-5 Made Easy: The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis

BOOK REVIEW.
I had just come off my first overnight shift. From 8pm to 8am, I was the go-to resident for any issues that arose on any of the three psychiatry units, along with any emergent psychiatric consults from anywhere in the hospital. A psych patient couldn’t sleep? My pager went off. Another fell while getting himself ...

Diagnosis Made Easier: Principles & Techniques for Mental Health Clinicians (2nd Edition)

BOOK REVIEW.
It was a few weeks into my psychiatry residency, the print barely dry on my medical school diploma, when I met a patient we’ll call Sarah. Up to that point, the majority of those I had cared for on the inpatient psychiatry ward had been in and out of mental health care for years. When ...

Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression

BOOK REVIEW.
Despite the title, this is not an anti-medication book. In fact, Bill O'Hanlon, a much-published psychotherapist and author, writes in Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression that medication can help, and that he respects each individual’s choice. This respect, along with his creativity and understanding that we must seek out what works for ...

Anxiety + Depression: Effective Treatment of the Big Two Co-Occurring Disorders

BOOK REVIEW.
If you know anyone with anxiety or depression, you know that symptoms can be complicated. Even more complicated is that the two disorders have similar features. That makes diagnosis hard for many clinicians, no matter how seasoned they may be. And if that weren’t enough, the fact that the disorders can co-exist adds another layer ...

The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment & the Developing Social Brain

BOOK REVIEW.
I had barely started this book and was already recommending it to friends and colleagues. Early in the second edition of The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, psychology professor and private practitioner Louis Cozolino challenges traditional Western philosophy of the lone and separate individual. As Cozolino writes, “Individual neurons or single human brains do not exist in ...

Boot Camp Therapy: Brief, Action-Oriented Clinical Approaches to Anxiety, Anger & Depression

BOOK REVIEW.
Ask people on Main Street America what comes to mind when they hear the word therapy. They may describe Freud, the classical analyst’s couch, with a free-associating patient spending years exploring the deepest recesses of early memories. However, they are just as likely — possibly more likely these days — to mention someone like Dr. ...

The Therapist’s Treasure Chest: Solution-Oriented Tips & Tricks for Everyday Practice

BOOK REVIEW.
The experienced chef has an armamentarium of favorite dishes, each tested and proven to produce a meal that suits particular occasions. The recipes spring from years of experience developing a sense of how to combine seasonal ingredients and hints of spices to delight the eater’s palate. But even for someone skilled, when you make meals ...

Essential Psychopathology Casebook

BOOK REVIEW.
In medical school, we become adept at memorizing diagnostic criteria, able to spout off, at a moment’s notice, the definitions for everything from autism to schizophrenia. For some diagnoses, we are aided by mnemonics — SIG E CAPS for depression, DIG FAST for mania — while other disorders require simple brute-force memorization. All of this ...

Neurobiologically Informed Trauma Therapy with Children & Adolescents

BOOK REVIEW.
When violence erupts, children and adolescents especially suffer. According to clinician and author Linda Chapman, the statistics published by the Children’s Defense Fund in 2012 and Centers for Disease Control in 2006 and 2011 are staggering. Each year, an overwhelming number of teens and young children commit suicide, get injured, and enter the juvenile system. ...

Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical & Counseling Psychology, 2014/2015 Edition

BOOK REVIEW.
Reading this book is like experiencing hours of in-depth discussions with two trusted mentors who have distinguished careers. Whereas typically this type of guide can be like a impersonal tome weighing down one’s mind with innumerable choices, this revised edition of the Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology acts as a ...

Healing Moments in Psychotherapy

BOOK REVIEW.
Inter-subjectivity. Do you know what it means? Unfortunately, the majority of Americans would probably have to search a dictionary to gain a basic understanding. But according to psychologist Daniel Hughes, writing for a clinician audience, inter-subjectivity refers to “the quality of a relationship wherein the experience of one influences the experience of the other.” For ...

The Healing Power of Writing: A Therapist’s Guide to Using Journaling With Clients

BOOK REVIEW.
Are you someone who goes to therapy but struggles with verbalizing your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors during sessions? Do you find it challenging to present facts from your life using your words? Are you a therapist who struggles to find the right way to approach hesitant, reticent, and “hiding” clients? Do you have a hard time ...

Counseling Issues: A Handbook for Counselors & Psychotherapists

BOOK REVIEW.
As a psychologist, I can see how a quick reference guide — one that covers neuropsychology, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, abusive relationships, PTSD, anger, guilt, and behavioral issues — might come in handy. So could George Seber, a former statistics professor at Auckland University in New Zealand who took early retirement in order to ...

Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experiential Workbook for Psychotherapists

BOOK REVIEW.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. More than anything else, ...

Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change

BOOK REVIEW.
When you can’t put a particularly unsettling feeling into words or have trouble getting to the meat of a problem, try feeling it in your body. That’s the advice of Ann Weiser Cornell, a Ph.D. in linguistics who works as a teacher of and author on the therapeutic technique known as Focusing. As Cornell writes, ...

The Heart & Soul of Psychotherapy: A Transpersonal Approach through Theater Arts

BOOK REVIEW.
Can you act our your mother’s behaviors? How about pretending you’re that high school crush that broke your heart? Have you been called incompetent at work? Assume the role of Mr. Incompetence and let him speak for himself via your theater skills. Transpersonal drama therapy is a fresh approach to healing that offers transformation through ...

The Birth of Intersubjectivity: Psychodynamics, Neurobiology & the Self

BOOK REVIEW.
“The moment a child is born, a mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” ~ Rajneesh, spiritual guru To be human is to engage in relationships with other humans, and, by these interactions, to be transformed. In The Birth of Intersubjectivity: Psychodynamics, Neurobiology, and ...

Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma

BOOK REVIEW.
“Tapping resources” has a second meaning in EMDR therapy. In Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, you literally tap them in — maybe on your knees, maybe on your shoulders. The movement is sometimes called “installing resources,” but as author Laurel Parnell states, installing “can sound like mind control — or machine repair.” Tapping is a ...
 
 
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