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Inspire Change in Your Life by Making One

July 17, 2014

Once upon a time, many years ago, in a kingdom called Freud, people believed insight led to change. Sometimes it did, though it often took four sessions a week for many years. These days, we typically want something a bit faster. While insight can lead to change, change actually triggers more change. Thinking about starting yoga or meditation is often the catalyst to practicing; however, just getting one’s body... Read More

 
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Sex Addiction and Drug Addiction Show Similar Activity in the Brain

July 16, 2014

In the popular imagination, compulsive or addictive behaviors such as shopping or sex are regarded as different from chemical dependency on drugs or alcohol. Even some addiction counselors have argued that behavioral addictions are somehow easier to control because they don’t involve an addictive substance. New research, however, demonstrates that, in the brain, sex addiction looks similar to drug addiction. Sex... Read More

 
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Neediness Rocks, and Here’s Why

July 16, 2014

When we use the word “needy,” we are often describing someone who is feeling alone or vulnerable and putting their needs on the table. In our culture, “neediness” is a bad word that suggests you are childlike and incapable of self-care. However, despite our distaste for vulnerability, loneliness, and dependency, it is these very feelings that make attaching to others possible. Feeling lonely or needy motivates... Read More

 
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Congratulations, You’re Rich! Now What?

July 16, 2014

Money is the way we earn and purchase the things we need to survive. In a market economy such as the United States, we cannot survive without it. It’s so important that many of us believe that one can never have too much. But too much money can, in fact, wreck lives. Massive amounts of wealth, unearned or received suddenly as in an inheritance or lottery, can steal personal freedoms, create deep relationship conflicts,... Read More

 
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Serious Physical Illnesses Can Undermine Mental Health

July 15, 2014

People are increasingly surviving injuries and critical illnesses that might have killed them a generation ago. Despite the improved survival rate, mental health challenges are increasingly affecting people who experiencd severe illness. A new study suggests that people treated for critical illnesses are more likely to develop mental health problems than people who have not been treated for serious health problems. Critical... Read More

 
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Can Your Sex Life Survive Having Children?

July 15, 2014

Many unhappy marriages have one thing in common: children. According to marital researchers at the Gottman Institute, in a study of 130 newlywed couples, two-thirds of new parents self-reported that they were very unhappy after their first child was born. What differentiates the couples who thrive after having children and those who struggle to survive? One thing’s for sure: how a couple adjusts their sex life will... Read More

 
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7 Principles for Responsive Parenting

July 15, 2014

I have 5-year-old twin daughters. For the sake of privacy, I’ll call them Mary and Martha. Mary is sensitive, nurturing, deeply compassionate, and easily distracted. Martha is industrious and won’t stop until the job is done. She is brave and matter-of-fact. I love my girls to the moon. And they often drive me nuts. They are both very bold with their Daddy when he is impatient and impertinent. Mary delivers an emotional... Read More

 
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Changes in Smell and Sight: Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

July 14, 2014

Seniors concerned about developing Alzheimer’s frequently focus on forgetfulness. Everyone forgets information sometimes, though, and some decline in memory is normal with old age. A new group of studies suggests that changes in smell and vision could actually be better indicators of early Alzheimer’s disease and that doctors who test for sensory decline may detect the illness earlier. Alzheimer’s and... Read More

 
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3 Easy Ways to Improve Self-Image and Boost Self-Esteem

July 14, 2014

Everyday tasks can deteriorate our self-esteem and self-image. The media are constantly telling women how to look—get smoother skin, lose weight, look younger. Men are bombarded with messages about how to be stronger, act tougher, be a man. These messages can wear on us and give us mixed messages about who we are as people and about our gender and sexuality. Building your self-esteem can be a way to combat these messages... Read More

 
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Free Mental Health Care for Veterans? Not Necessarily

July 14, 2014

Editor’s note: Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a psychologist and director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah. His continuing education presentation for GoodTherapy.org, titled Brief Interventions for Suicidal Military Personnel and Veterans, is scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT on August 29, 2014. This event is available at no additional cost to GoodTherapy.org members and is good for two CE... Read More

 
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The Childhood Trauma I Didn’t Know I Had

July 13, 2014

My story starts at age 9. Both my parents were depressed and my family moved a lot. As the oldest of four children, I carried a lot of responsibility, even at such a young age. When I started missing school often, my mom took me to the doctor, and I was diagnosed with depression and prescribed Prozac, which I took until I was 20. It was then, in my last year of college, that I had what some might call a “nervous breakdown.”... Read More

 
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10 Ways to Support Someone with Mental Health Challenges

July 12, 2014

Millions of people with mental health issues lead happy, productive, and extremely normal lives. Many people with mental health conditions never tell their loved ones, and their behavior may be no different from people without mental health conditions. Indeed, more than 25% of Americans receive a mental health diagnosis at least once. But this doesn’t mean that living with a mental health challenge is easy, and... Read More

 

Are a Therapist’s Religious and Social Views Off Limits?

July 11, 2014

Thanks for your thoughtful question. I’m going to do my best to answer it and to alleviate some of the concerns you have expressed. The most important thing to address here is your statement that if your personal issues were to get out, it would be damaging to your reputation. I’m not sure how much you know about the ethics of counseling and therapy, but one of the most important guidelines is that anything that a... Read More

 
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To Satisfy First the Head: The Process of Hakomi Therapy

July 11, 2014

“Therapy isn’t conversation … The rules of polite conversation are designed to expedite the flow of information between people, not within people…. The process of studying internal states and reactions requires something very different from conversation.” – Ron Kurtz (Hakomi founder), Body-Centered Psychotherapy Hakomi is a new concept for many people looking into therapy. The therapist is... Read More

 
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