Drumroll, Please: The Top 10 GoodTherapy.org Articles of 2013

top 10 written on chalkboardFrom the release of the hotly debated and latest incarnation of mental health’s diagnostic guidebook to the enactment of legislation that forces insurers to treat mental health and physical health equally, 2013 was an important year in the field we cover.

At GoodTherapy.org, it was also a landmark year, one in which our membership and readership soared to levels few could have envisioned when licensed marriage and family therapist Noah Rubinstein—determined to promote the benefits of healthy and ethical psychotherapy—launched the company out of his Anchorage, Alaska home seven years ago.

Today, GoodTherapy.org is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each month. Many come to search for therapists, of course, but others are looking to educate themselves about psychology and therapy issues. The Good Therapy Blog is one of the best-read and most trusted mental health resources on the web, thanks in large part to the Topic Expert contributors who supply us with original and well-researched articles on a daily basis.

We wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the articles that made an impression on you in 2013 and, likewise, made an impression on us. Based on social media and web traffic statistics, here are the 10 articles you engaged with the most last year:


depressed-woman-headshotWhat It’s Like Inside a Depressed Person’s Head

By Cynthia Lubow, MS, MFT, Depression Topic Expert Contributor
A major depressive episode can alter not only a person’s mood and sense of belonging but also his or her reality.


kids-playing-video-gamesFive Surprising Benefits of Video Games

By Zawn Villines, GoodTherapy.org Correspondent
Whether video games contribute to violence and other issues continues to be the subject of intense debate, obscuring several possible benefits of gaming.


man sitting near grave siteGood Grief: Why the DSM-V Is Wrong About Bereavement and Depression

By Sarah Noel, MS, LMHC, Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy) Topic Expert Contributor
Grief is a normal part of human experience, particularly after the loss of a loved one. The DSM-V pathologizes grief resulting from bereavement by allowing for a mental health diagnosis in the form of depression.


young-boy-paintingFive Things I Learned About Autism from My Art Therapist

By Janeen Herskovitz, MA, Autism Spectrum Topic Expert Contributor
Not to be confused with art education, art therapy provides an ideal platform for children on the autism spectrum to express themselves.


wintry-forest-landscapeWinter Solstice: a Time for Reflection, Self-Acceptance, and Growth

By Traci Stein, PhD, MPH, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Topic Expert Contributor
The winter solstice marks powerful change—and an opportunity for reflection and renewal that may invite the same in your life.


broken-bottles-on-a-porchThree Reasons to Leave: Abuse, Addiction, and Affairs

By Jeremy Frank, PhD, CAC, Drug and Alcohol Addiction Topic Expert Contributor
The three “A’s” of divorce—abuse, addiction, and affairs—can unravel even the strongest of relationships. Counseling can help.


man-burying-his-face-in-a-pillowHow to Turn Self-Hatred into Self-Compassion

By Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, Self-Compassion Topic Expert Contributor
Self-hatred, which often forms in childhood, can manifest in a variety of destructive ways. The antidote? Self-compassion.


choppy-ocean-wavesRiding the Waves of Trauma Symptoms

By Anastasia Pollock, LCMHC, Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma Topic Expert Contributor
It’s natural to want to run from the painful symptoms surrounding trauma, but doing so only prolongs the healing process.


200271613-001The Last Taboo: Breaking Down the Stigma of Depression

By Allison Abrams, LCSW, Depression Topic Expert Contributor
Clinical depression may go unnoticed or untreated for far too long, in part due to the stigma and shame that surround it.


woman-in-therapy-session-0924137Four Unexpected Benefits of Therapy

By Ryan Howes, PhD, ABPP
There are several perks of the therapeutic relationship that go above and beyond reasons people first go to therapy, making the experience even more fulfilling.

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  • gonzo


    January 3rd, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    happy 2014!!

  • Tommytomtom


    January 3rd, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I like the waves of trauma one best. 2013 sucked

  • 76trombonez


    January 4th, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    “the last taboo” would be a great band name.
    also, cool articles.

  • Susie g.

    Susie g.

    January 11th, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Congrats on a great 2013, Noah and the GoodTherapy.org Team! You and your articles all continue to help me though the tough parts of life–losing my mother, living with my autistic son, and constant low self-esteem and body image issues. ugh. but here’s to a great 2014! looking forward to all GoodTherapy does.

  • mm


    February 3rd, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    LOVE the article about depression stigma. Stigma prevents too many from treatment. time to stop!

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