Is your therapist a good fit?

This article from “U.S. News & World Report” details several important things to consider when working with a therapist. I particularly like the author’s points about goal setting and giving your therapist feedback. Therapy goals don’t need to be written in stone, but they are an important part of ensuring that you and your therapist are on the same page about what is important to you. Setting goals can be …continue…

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Treatment of Bulimia

The “Dodo Bird Verdict” is an idea first proposed in the 1930s, stating that basically, any therapy style is as good as the next. There’s some truth to that idea, as many of the qualities that make a good therapist are present no matter what your theoretical orientation might be. However, recent research has shown that not all therapies are equally effective. Here’s an article describing a study comparing Cognitive …continue…

To improve mental health, quit smoking.

A recently published study from the Washington University has shown that quitting smoking is associated with better mental health. https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26493.aspx As someone who has done smoking cessation counseling for years, I know how hard it can be to try quitting and to find a way to stay quit. If you’re interested in quitting, there are a ton of resources out there! Check out http://smokefree.gov/ to get started. Or, if you’d …continue…

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The Most Effective Treatments for PTSD are Not Widely Used

An article from earlier this year, but one that really resonates with me: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/most-effective-ptsd-therapies-are-not-being-widely-used-researchers-find.html This related opinion piece puts it pretty bluntly, but I think the author is on to something: “Trauma Survivors Deserve Treatment that Actually Works.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-g-kraut/ptsd-treatment_b_3177364.html I’m a big believer in Evidence-Based Psychotherapies (EBPs). I think it is my ethical responsibility to offer my clients the best treatment available, and for me that means using EBPs. This …continue…

Sleep Therapy Is Expected to Gain a Wider Role in Depression Treatment

I recently heard a wonderful segment on KQED’s Forum about the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat insomnia and improve depression. Sleep is such a fundamental part of physical and mental health; it’s not surprising that reducing insomnia improved depressed mood, but it is exciting for depression and insomnia sufferers alike. Give it a listen: http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201311270930 Here is a NYT article on the subject: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/health/sleep-therapy-is-expected-to-gain-a-wider-role-in-depression-treatment.html?_r=2&

Surviving — then Thriving

Oct. 29, 2013 – “Modern medicine usually considers trauma — both the physical and the psychological kinds — as unequivocally damaging. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University are lending support to a more philosophical view of suffering, finding that trauma, however terrible, may have distinct psychological benefits.”   From  Science Daily.  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131029111316.htm