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What to Do When You’re Mad at Your Therapist

August 20th, 2014
Why does psychotherapy work? There are many reasons, but today we are going to focus on one in particular -- the therapeutic relationship. One of the biggest predictors of success in therapy is a good relationship between the ...

High Maintenance or Histrionic Personality Disorder?

Boundaries and Getting Your Needs MetA man walks into your house wearing a heavy gold chain around his neck and a Rolex watch. He tells you he is the mayor's closest friend. He has come to your house to introduce himself because he

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Therapists Spill: The Biggest Lessons I’ve Learned from My Clients

Therapists Spill: The Biggest Lessons I’ve Learned from My ClientsClients no doubt learn a thing or two from their therapists. They may learn to cope with painful emotions. They may learn to set boundaries. They may learn to accept themselves or to build healthier, more fulfilling ...

Therapists Spill: When You Have a Bad Therapy Experience

Therapists Spill: When You Have a Bad Therapy Experience It takes courage to seek therapy. Therapy is a vulnerable act, as you entrust a stranger with your innermost thoughts and feelings. So it can be especially disappointing and distressing when you have a bad experience. It ...

The Skill of Mindful Listening

The Skill of Mindful ListeningCommunication in the 21st century has some unique challenges, and some basic etiquette reminders may prove useful to facilitate effective communication. One may feel invalidated, ignored, or disrespected when attempting to talk with someone and competing for attention with their phone or ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Therapist Casey Radle

Casey Radle HeadshotEvery month a different clinician gives readers a glimpse into how he or she works and lives. They share everything from what it’s like to conduct therapy to how they cope with stress. They also reveal the biggest myths about therapy, what they wish ...

Why a Workplace Bully Is Too Expensive to Keep

Why a Workplace Bully is too Expensive to KeepThe most powerful argument you can make to get rid of a workplace bully is to build a financial case for why the person is just too expensive to keep. Surprisingly, it is a strategy that is ...

The Effects of Criticism on Relationships

The Effects of Criticism on RelationshipsAgain and again in my work with couples I see the destructive effect criticism can have on a relationship. In this article I would like to explore what my three favorite relationship experts have to say about criticism and its effects ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Therapist Jodie Gale

Jodie Gale Every month we put practitioners on the spot -- figuratively known as the clinician’s couch -- and pick their brains about everything from the trials and triumphs of working with clients to how they healthfully cope with stress. This month we’re pleased to feature Jodie Gale, ...

Are You a People-Pleaser?

Are You a People-Pleaser?Everyone starts out in life wanting to be safe, loved, and accepted. It’s in our DNA. Some of us figure out that the best way to do this is to put aside what we want or feel and allow someone else’s needs and ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychotherapist Kathy Morelli

kathy morelli 2 In our monthly series, we switch roles and put clinicians on the proverbial couch to get a glimpse into their professional and personal lives. We ask them about everything from the trials and triumphs of conducting therapy to how they cope with stress. They also ...

Therapists Spill: 10 Tips for Making the Most of Therapy

Therapists Spill: 10 Tips for Making the Most of TherapyTherapy can seem like a mystery. What do you talk about? Can you really be honest? How do you know if you're getting better? Before you even walk through the door, you also may have certain preconceived notions, ...

Therapists Spill: 9 Myths About Therapy that Sabotage the Process

Therapists Spill: 9 Myths About Therapy that Sabotage the ProcessWhat many of us know about therapy often comes from television and films, which typically provide an inaccurate picture -- or really a caricature of the process. So naturally many myths and misconceptions abound. The problem ...

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Teen Brain

OCD and Teens' BrainsWhen my son Dan was at a residential treatment program to battle his severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, my husband and I were encouraged by the staff there to let him make his own major life decisions, without any input from us. This didn’t make sense ...

Obsessions and Addiction

Obsessions and Addiction This article isn’t meant to address obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which is a mental disorder affecting one percent of adults. It starts in childhood and is believed to have a genetic component. OCD may include only obsessions. Usually, the themes are about: Fear of contamination or ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychotherapist Rachel Eddins

Rachel EddinsIn our monthly interview series, clinicians share slices from both their professional and personal lives. They reveal the trials and triumphs of being a therapist along with other tidbits, such as how they cope with stress. They also reveal what they wish their clients knew about therapy, ...

The Anxiety of Facebook

The Anxiety of FacebookSocial media has changed the way people interact. We can now remain in constant contact with hundreds of so-called friends, even ones we rarely see in person. The impact of social media on society has prompted researchers to investigate whether its effect is positive or ...

Therapists Spill: The Keys to Creating Positive Change

Therapists Spill: The Keys to Creating Positive ChangeCreating positive changes in your life is tough. It can be scary. “We fear the unknown, fear failure, even fear success,” said Christina G. Hibbert, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and expert in postpartum mental health. Clinical psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, also ...

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 ...

Overcoming Test Anxiety

Overcoming Test AnxietyAccording to Wikipedia, “test anxiety is a combination of perceived physiological overarousal, feelings of worry and dread, self-deprecating thoughts, tension, and somatic symptoms that occur during test situations. It is a physiological condition in which people experience extreme stress, anxiety, and discomfort during and/or before ...

Hypocritical Compulsions: Recognizing the Nonsense of OCD

The Nonsense of OCDThe need for certainty fuels the fires of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Compulsions are performed to reduce anxiety by making sure everything is okay. For OCD sufferers to recover, they must refrain from doing these compulsions and learn to live with doubt, the basis of ...

Six Ways to Help Your Perfectionist Child Find Balance

Six Ways to Help your Perfectionist Child Find BalanceFour-year-old Max would crumple his paper when his drawing wasn’t perfect. He would start over, and often grow angry and eventually give up. His parents noticed his rigidity, but hoped he would grow out of it. When he ...

Five Telltale Signs Your Child is a Budding Perfectionist

Five Telltale Signs Your Child is a Budding PerfectionistI once met a young man who had had many successes in his youth. He was intelligent and outgoing. He had always been the star in high school and had enjoyed the praise he received from others, but ...
 
 
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