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What Can Parents Do When OCD Sneaks In?

July 3rd, 2014
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 ...

Book Review: Lifting the Veil

BOOK REVIEW.
When I began reading Lifting the Veil, it seemed clear that the main theme was dissociative identity disorder — previously and popularly known as multiple personality disorder. The book appears to be a first-hand account of one therapist’s experience in treating a complicated patient. It is an interesting disorder to treat and to write about as ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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, ...

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, ...

Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom

BOOK REVIEW.
Have you ever been so angry that you were enraged? So upset that you were ready to scream and throw things? Felt your heart about to pound out of your chest at the wrong done to you? Or how about just annoyed? Something, or someone, just irritated you so much that you felt your head ...

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, ...

Body-Focused Obsessions: Sensorimotor Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Sensorimotor Obsessive-Compulsive DisorderThere are so many different types of obsessions and compulsions when it comes to OCD. Perhaps among the less talked about are sensorimotor, or body-focused, obsessions which involve a heightened awareness and focus on involuntary bodily activities and processes. Common examples include hyperawareness of swallowing, breathing, or blinking. Additionally, overattention to bladder and digestive processes -- indeed, any unhealthy focus on a specific body part or organ -- might also fall into the category of sensorimotor obsessions. I think these types of obsessions seem particularly brutal because they involve necessary, ongoing bodily processes. There truly is no escape, and this fact often plays into the sufferer's obsessions.

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychotherapist Susan Lager

Susan Lager In our monthly series, clinicians share slices from both their professional and personal lives. They reveal everything from what they love about being a therapist to how they cope with stress to their insights for leading a meaningful life. This month we’re pleased to interview Susan ...

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 ...

Book Review: By All Means

BOOK REVIEW.
A few pages into this “Zen cautionary tale,” the dramatic stakes are set high and our attention is arrested when its main character, Edward, barely manages to extricate a piggy hand-puppet from the jaws of a neighborhood feline -- just as the interloping cat tries to slink out Edward’s side door. We soon learn that Edward ...

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 ...