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Alphabet Soup: Decoding Mental Health Credentials

Trying to find a reputable mental health professional can feel daunting. There are so many clinicians out there, and it’s important to find a good one. Many choose to start their... Read More

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The Shadow Effects of Leadership Power

Power, the ability to have an effect or to have influence, is our birthright. We all have power and need it to survive, to have relationships, and to be productive. Think how much power... Read More

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5 Steps to Getting Over a Breakup

Going through a breakup is one of the most difficult experiences we can have. Heartache, grief, and confusion, mixed with feelings of powerlessness or even betrayal, can bring out the... Read More

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Living Mindfully for a Healthy Body, Mind, and Heart

When was the last time you really felt a sense of peace or ease? How often do you take a break to check in with yourself (body, mind, and heart)? What makes you feel alive, loved, and... Read More

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7 Fictional Films about Mental Health

Films that depict mental health issues often do well at the box office. Some of them, such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, go on to win Oscars and become classics. Many people... Read More

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Beyond Physical Needs: Mental Health Care During a Disaster

The threat of natural disasters, house fires, or other emergencies brings to mind immediate physical safety concerns, such as the loss of food and shelter, as well as health and medical... Read More


Inside Hakomi Therapy: Attachment and the Body

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts exploring Hakomi experiential psychotherapy. “The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover... Read More

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Are Feelings of Dread Holding You Hostage?

“If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it is to die over and over again.” —Abraham Lincoln “Something did happen to me somewhere that robbed me... Read More

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Why Do Abuse Victims Stay with Their Abusers?

When video surfaced of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée, Janay Palmer, from an elevator, football fans and victims advocates were outraged that... Read More

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3 Marriage Tips Every Newlywed Should Know

I was at a cousin’s wedding this past month when someone asked me for a couples therapist’s advice for a great marriage. The question really made me think: How do you teach someone... Read More

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Is It Enabling or Excessive Altruism? Exploring Codependency

Editor’s note: Susan Heitler, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in healthy conflict resolution and the author of The Power of Two, a workbook for couples. Her continuing... Read More

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When Does Protecting Your Kids Become Over-Parenting?

A child changes everything. As a parent, you start seeing things from a completely different perspective. Whereas you would not have bothered before about cars driving too fast on a... Read More

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Class-Based Differences in Parenting Affect Student Behavior

September 16, 2014   .   No Comments

Socioeconomic class is a major factor affecting educational outcomes. Children from wealthier economic backgrounds typically start school with an advantage, while children from poorer... Read More

Want to Help Your Baby Learn to Talk? Respond to Babbling

September 15, 2014   .   1 Comment

For many parents, a child’s first word is a much-anticipated milestone. As children learn to talk, parents may feel closer to their babies and better equipped to communicate with... Read More

Study Reveals 1 in 5 Women Experience Rape, and Other News

September 12, 2014   .   7 Comments

Rape statistics are a common source of contention, and many older studies were flawed or incomplete. According to survey results released last week by the Centers for Disease Control... Read More

Cannabis Superior to Antidepressant at Treating Trauma in Rats

September 11, 2014   .   3 Comments

The effects of trauma can last a lifetime. People who survive traumatic events such as rape, abuse, war, and natural disasters may experience intrusive memories known as flashbacks,... Read More

Demi Lovato and Mental Health Advocates Demand Reform

September 10, 2014   .   5 Comments

Shortly after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six teachers, President Barack Obama promised to reform the nation’s... Read More

Can Looking at Facebook Make You Feel Depressed?

September 9, 2014   .   5 Comments

If you find yourself endlessly scanning Facebook only to feel worse about yourself or your life, you’re not alone. According to a new study published in Computers in Human Behavior,... Read More

Join GoodTherapy.org for a Twitter Chat about Suicide Prevention

September 9, 2014   .   5 Comments

In honor and recognition of Suicide Awareness Month, GoodTherapy.org will be hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. using the hashtag #StopSuicide.We will... Read More

Beliefs Regarding Nature Vs. Nurture Affect Achievement

September 8, 2014   .   4 Comments

The debate between the roles nature and nurture play in human development and capabilities may never end. Many scientists argue that this debate should be retired altogether, since... Read More

Good Eating Habits and Preferences Begin in Infancy

September 6, 2014   .   4 Comments

Parents of preschool-aged children are accustomed to devising systems to encourage their children to eat healthy foods. By the time children are old enough to negotiate what they do... Read More

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Topic Experts answer your questions about psychotherapy, mental health, and relationships.

Will I Ever Find Love?

You rate yourself a 6 out of 10 on the looks scale and write that you are caring and compassionate. You say you cook well, and I take that to mean that you are good at taking care of others. ... Read more »

Help! I'm in Love with My Best Friend's Ex!

Your friend is going to be hurt. There is no way around that. When you made the choice to start hanging out with your best friend's ex without telling her, that's when you made the decision to hide ... Read more »

My Wife Wants an Open Marriage. I Don't. Now What?

Thanks for your question. I can only imagine your bewilderment and confusion; things are humming along fine and suddenly, out of nowhere, your wife is asking you to play the “keys in the bowl” ... Read more »

My Husband Can Watch Porn, but Can't Apply for a Job? Help!

Thanks for your question. I think the first key point can be found in your last statement, as far as “how to fix this.” To cut to the chase: you cannot. You can only help your husband “fix” ... Read more »

I'm a Gay College Basketball Player. Should I Come Out?

It sounds like you’re caught between powerful opposing forces. If you come out, you fear you will be persecuted by ... Read more »

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