E-Therapy: Digital Disconnect or Ideal Mental Health Service?
“People cannot be reduced to singular descriptions, but we often do this to ourselves and attempt to push down the parts of us we do not want to be.” —Pleading Insanity, 2013 It was ... Read More
The Challenge of Cultural Competence in Minority Mental Health Care
July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The need for special action to provide better mental health services for minorities became increasingly apparent in the 1990s as studies ... Read More
Touch in Therapy: Helpful or Harmful? One Therapist’s Perspective
Physical touch has long been a controversial issue in psychotherapy. While some professionals consider touch one type of nonverbal communication that can have therapeutic value, it is also ... Read More
Ethical Fees in Therapy: How Therapists Can Be More Accessible
Author’s note: As a member of the GoodTherapy.org community, I want to honor its Mental Health Awareness Month goal of connecting people with quality services and resources. A lot of ... Read More
Psychotherapy East and West: Mentoring Across a Cultural Divide
As a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and yoga therapist in New York City, I work with a wide variety of diverse individuals—a kind of smorgasbord of humanity of all different ages, ethnicities, ... Read More
How Real-Life Horrors in ‘Get Out’ Relate to Trust in Therapy
Spoiler alert: The following article contains plot details and other information from the movie Get Out. Like many Americans, I went to see the movie Get Out when it was released at the ... Read More
Therapy’s Goal: Finding Pathology or Accepting Complexity?
Labeling pathology in another person is easy. One teacher of mine said it’s like “shooting fish in a barrel.” Think of any person you know and, unless you’ve totally idealized them, ... Read More
For Therapists: Using Your Professional Influence Wisely
Power is the ability to have an effect or to have influence. Having increased influence “goes with the territory” when in the role of therapist, counselor, social worker, teacher, ... Read More