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Therapists Spill: When Being a Therapist Was Especially Hard

October 5th, 2014
When we’re going through something difficult or stressful at home, it often spills into our workplace. This can get especially tricky when your work is being a therapist, an already-demanding job emotionally and mentally. In this month’s “Therapists Spill” ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychologist Jonice Webb

jonice webb pic Every month we talk with a different clinician about the ins and outs of being a therapist. They reveal the trials, triumphs and surprises of conducting therapy. They also share what they wish their clients knew along with their advice for leading a meaningful life. ...

Depression Kills

Depressed manLast month, I was sitting on my sofa with my laptop when I saw the headline “Robin Williams Found Dead.” I was shocked and deeply saddened by the news and the loss. It seemed like such a conundrum as to why someone with his persona ...

African-American Women and Depression

listening skillsDepression is a huge health concern among African Americans -- particularly women -- but mental health is often stigmatized in the Black community. Although it can impact people from all walks of life, cultural habits and historical experiences can cause depression to be expressed and ...

OCD vs. Eating Disorders

OCD vs. Eating DisordersThere was a time when my son Dan would go days at a time without eating. When he did eat, it would have to be a specific food at a specific time in a specific place. There was no negotiating with him, and, ...

Change How You Feel: Change How You Breathe

MeditationEmotions add flavor to life. Joy, love and contentment make living a pleasure. Anger and fear act as warning signals telling us when to protect ourselves. Most of all, emotions are the glue that binds us to family and friends. But those same emotions can be so ...

Why Your Therapist Can’t Be Your Friend

Is Liking Your Therapist Enough?It’s only natural. You’ve met with your therapist once a week for a year or more. You’ve shared some of your deepest concerns and worries. You’ve shared your triumphs and celebrations. She (or he, but I’ll stick to female pronouns here) has supported ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Play Therapist Clair Mellenthin

Clair Mellenthin Every month we turn the tables and ask therapists to give us a glimpse into their professional and personal 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 ...

The Third Wave of CBT

The Third Wave of CBTThe approaches of the first two generations of Behavioral Therapy (BT) share the assumption that certain cognitions, emotions and physiological states lead to dysfunctional behavior and, therefore, therapeutic intervention is aimed at eliminating, or at least reducing, these problematic internal events. Third wave therapies ...

Therapists Spill: What I Learned from My Toughest Client

Therapists Spill: What I Learned from My Toughest ClientWe often learn our most important lessons from our toughest trials. These are the lessons that’ll likely stay with us years after we’ve learned them. When it comes to lessons, therapy tends to be a two-way street: Clients learn ...

Therapists Spill: Their Favorite Books on Therapy

Therapists Spill: My Favorite Books on TherapyBecause it’s done behind closed doors, therapy can seem like a mystery. How do therapists actually conduct therapy? How do they treat disorders such as depression and anxiety? What if you could be a fly on the wall during a ...

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 ...

What to Do When You’re Mad at Your Therapist

What to Do When You’re Mad at Your TherapistWhy 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Book Review: Emotional Life

BOOK REVIEW.
“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions, I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” That quote from Oscar Wilde is how psychologist Doreen Davy kicks off Emotional Life: Managing Your Feelings to Make the Most of Your Precious Time on Earth. Whether an experience is good or bad ...

Is That Me Yelling? A Parent’s Guide

BOOK REVIEW.
"I never imagined that I would have a child who talks back to me and thinks she’s the boss of everyone. How did that happen, and what am I supposed to do now?" So asks Brice, a psychologist and parent of a 7-year-old child, in Rona Renner’s Is That Me Yelling? A Parent’s Guide to Getting Your ...

What Can Parents Do When OCD Sneaks In?

What Can Parents Do When OCD Sneaks In?Megan felt miserable. She and her family had relocated in the middle of the school year to another city. She was missing her friends and changes were difficult for her. It seemed the problems began one morning when she ...

The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress

BOOK REVIEW.
Depression and anxiety are among the most common, if not the most common, issues that bring people into therapy. The struggle to get better can be a long and arduous one. One individual shared with me that she had visited numerous therapists over the years, but still struggled, and that she was told by one ...

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 ...