Tag Archives: evidence based practice

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: For more than borderline personality.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: For more than borderline personality disorder. (Psych Central) DBT treatment or DBT informed therapy may be beneficial for individuals with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Related Posts:Dialectical Behavior Therapy.Dialectical Behavior Therapy treats binge eating disorder.DBT: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.Depression, anxiety and addiction.Chewing and spitting eating disorder facts.Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome,…
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  Findings from multiple studies reflect the efficacy of DBT, especially for the treatment of borderline personality issues, posttraumatic stress, self-harm, and suicidality. Related Posts:Dialectical Behavior Therapy: For more than borderline personality.Dialectical Behavior Therapy treats binge eating disorder.DBT: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.OCD, motivation, and self-efficacy.The how and why of CBT.How early trauma influences behavior.
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3 questions that helped me discover my true purpose.

3 questions that helped me discover my true purpose. (Entrepreneur) You must embrace a purpose-driven life and serve mankind in some way. Related Posts:Finding your life purpose: Reinventing yourself.Likes less likely to affect self-esteem of people with purpose.5 keys to being a more mindful entrepreneur.Graduating and looking for your passion?4 questions to foster your authentic…
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4 questions to foster your authentic self.

4 questions to foster your authentic self. (Mindful) When we fear that we can’t think and act as we truly are, we put parts of ourselves on hold. Here’s how we can begin to let go of expectations and pressures and tend to our wants and needs with kindness.   Related Posts:Fear of flying: When…
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What is DBT?

What is DBT? (Psychology Today) DBT transforms negative mental thoughts and behaviors into an understanding of the person’s journey. The skills learned from DBT sessions prompts people to react to stressful situations in more productive, positive ways. Related Posts:Connecting: Forging real relationships with people of color.OCD: Unwanted thoughts or irresistible actions take over.Divorcés help those…
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Likes less likely to affect self-esteem of people with purpose.

Likes less likely to affect self-esteem of people with purpose. (ScienceDaily) How many likes did I get? The rush of self-esteem that comes with the ubiquitous thumbs-up has more people asking that question, as Facebook and other social media sites offer more ways for friends to endorse photos and posts. Related Posts:Tinder: Swiping self esteem?Are…
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What to expect at your first therapy session.

What to expect at your first therapy session. (Teen Vogue) So, if you are choosing to try therapy, congrats on taking the leap. It means you’re taking control of your problems, and what’s cooler and more empowering than that? If you’ve got the first-appointment jitters, rest easy: Here’s what to expect.   Related Posts:Tips for…
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First day of therapy? Know this.

First day of therapy? Know this. (Huffington Post) You are trusting another person with your troubles, with your personal opinions and your private relationships. There are a lot of questions that may be lingering in your mind when you walk through my door… Related Posts:What actually happens during a therapy session.Disagree about politics without losing…
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What actually happens during a therapy session.

‘What actually happens during a therapy session’ and six other common questions about psychotherapy. (Huffington Post) I’d like to address a few typical questions — and misconceptions — about what therapy is, and isn’t, and how it works. Related Posts:Introductory questions therapists commonly ask.Tips for your first therapy session.6 common obstacles in couples therapy.What therapists…
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5 lies ruining your mental health.

5 lies ruining your mental health. (Huffington Post) Despite ongoing efforts to educate the public about mental health, many misconceptions remain. Before the stigma can be stopped, these five mental health myths need to be debunked:   Related Posts:Mental health struggles of health professions students clear.Breaking stigma of mental health in student athletes.The mental health…
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Things mentally strong people do daily.

8 things mentally strong people do every single day. (Huffington Post) In addition to avoiding the things that could hold them back, mentally strong people create healthy habits that assist them in growing stronger. Here are eight things mentally strong people do every day to strengthen their mental muscles. Related Posts:People who make things happen.6…
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12 things to stop blaming yourself for.

 12 things to stop blaming yourself for. (Huffington Post) As I go through the growing pains of becoming a “real adult,” I’m realizing that the notion that I’m responsible for everything that comes into my life is absolute, total crap. Sometimes there are things we just shouldn’t apologize for. Related Posts:5 reasons your diet does…
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Psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor?

What is the difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a psychotherapist and a counselor? When looking for someone to help you overcome whatever is holding you back from leading a productive life full of positive, loving relationships, it is beneficial to understand the differences between Psychiatrists (M.D.s), Psychologists (Ph.D.s &, Psy.D.s), and Licensed Psychotherapists (LCSWs,…
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7 drawbacks of online dating.

7 drawbacks of online dating, according to science. (Huffington Post) The upside of online dating is obvious: It’s an easy way to meet a bunch of potential dates whenever you want. But does all of that quantity and convenience equal quality? Not always.As 38 percent   Related Posts:5 ways to overcome dating anxiety.Best time to…
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Therapy myths that are just totally WRONG.

10 therapy myths that are just totally WRONG (as written by a therapist). (YourTango) There are a lot of myths about therapy that stop people from going in for a session. Here are 10 of the most common therapy myths — and the truth! — straight from the mouth of a therapist. Related Posts:Psychotherapy: Myths…
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People who make things happen.

15 characteristics of people who make things happen. (Huffington Post) People who make things happen seem to share certain admirable characteristics people in the other two groups lack. They are go-getters and know that if anything is to be, it’s really up to them. Related Posts:Surprising little things make a happy relationship.Things mentally strong people…
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Why highly successful people seek therapy.

Why highly successful people seek therapy. (Huffington Post) OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There are five common problems that are unique to high achievement. Related Posts:10 rules for a successful second marriage.11 intriguing reasons to give talk therapy a try.5 ways to use Facebook as a highly sensitive person.How do I persuade someone to seek professional help?10…
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There is nothing wrong with going to therapy.

Just a reminder that there’s nothing wrong with going to therapy. (Huffington Post)  “Most people who initiate counseling do not have a serious mental illness. They have serious life challenges or are going through difficult life-cycle transitions that may be taxing their current ability to cope.” Related Posts:Therapy myths that are just totally WRONG.Make difficult,…
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14 signs you are emotionally intelligent.

14 signs you’re an emotionally intelligent person. (Thought Catalog) Emotional intelligence is one of the essential soft skills in life that’s incredibly important to personal and professional success but often goes overlooked and undiscussed. Related Posts:Signs on your way to living your best life.How blacks emotionally protect themselves in age of BlackLivesMatter.Signs of emotional abuse.12 signs…
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Saying yes to what is next.

Saying ‘yes’ to what’s next: 4 signs you are a master at handling change. (Huffington Post) At the end of the day, it all comes down to how we handle it. Our ability (or inability) to live in reality and deal with change can say a lot about us and our outlook on life. And…
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13 things I wish I knew in my early 20s.

13 things I wish I knew in my early 20s. (Huffington Post) Early 20s. Mid 20s. Late 20s. It’s crazy how much a person can change in a span of 10 years and not even by force. It happens so fast. Related Posts:7 things I wish I knew when I was still in college.Things no…
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11 intriguing reasons to give talk therapy a try.

11 intriguing reasons to give talk therapy a try. (Forbes) “Not only do successful people not fear therapy, they embrace it…. Psychotherapy is a tool that creates success. Smart people use it.” And therapy is not just something that smart people use, it’s something that most everybody should probably try during at least some point…
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Finding your life purpose: Reinventing yourself.

Finding your life purpose: Nilofer Merchant’s 3-step plan for reinventing yourself. (Huffington Post) Starting something new is always filled with uncertainty, but Nilofer Merchant, who’s got more than a few reinventions under her belt, is here to help you take your next step with clarity and purpose. Related Posts:3 questions that helped me discover my true…
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Life skills everyone should master by age 40.

Life skills: Ivanka Trump, Thich Nhat Hanh and others on the things everyone should master by age 40. (Huffington Post) Some people seem to have it all together, and there’s no reason it can’t be you. Experts from a variety of fields — from a master sommelier to a Buddhist monk — reveal the life…
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Mindfulness promising for treating depression.

Mindfulness holds promise for treating depression. (APA) …a growing body of research is pointing to an intervention that appears to help prevent relapse by altering thought patterns without side effects: mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, or MBCT. Related Posts:Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression.Mindfulness not a waste — treats depression.Treating bulimia with CBT and IPT.Treating the side…
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Looking for a therapist? Key questions.

Looking for a therapist? Key questions to help you find the right one. (World of Psychology) Clinical psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, has known individuals who’ve spent more time researching their dinner reservations than their next therapist. However, going to therapy is a vulnerable process. It requires honesty and hard work. It requires revealing your struggles.…
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Why do therapists charge so much?

Why do therapists charge so much? (World of Psychology) In summary, the hourly rate on which your therapist seemingly lives the posh lifestyle has to cover quite a bit. What’s left over from the above-mentioned necessities go toward paying personal and family expenses and the occasional leisure activity. Related Posts:Therapists reveal what therapy can do…
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Doctors and nurses should meditate.

Why doctors and nurses should meditate. (Mindful)  According to recent research, mindfulness could cut down on the spread of hospital-acquired infections. Related Posts:Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression.Mental health struggles of health professions students clear.Talking about meditation… without being annoying.5 keys to being a more mindful entrepreneur.What it’s really like having obsessive-compulsive disorder.Compassion: Brain food…
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The scientific approach to changing your life.

The scientific approach to changing your life. (Huffington Post) For one thing, you have to know exactly where you’re at in relation to your goals. Dr. Norcross says there are five possible stages you may be in in regard to making changes: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance. Related Posts:7 emotional stages of divorce in…
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Mindfulness boosts brain activation for healthy pleasures.

Mindfulness intervention boosts brain activation for healthy pleasures. (Science Daily) How can people who are dependent on prescription opioids reduce their cravings? Learn to enjoy other aspects of their lives. Related Posts:What is behavioural activation for depression?Tired and edgy? Sleep deprivation boosts anxiety.Mindfulness, music appreciation and empathy.The brain on anorexia.What alcohol does to your brain…
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What kind of therapist – and which type of therapy?

What kind of therapist – and which type of therapy – is right for you? (US News) Here are a few tips on how to find a therapist, along with an overview of common types of therapy offered by mental health professionals. Related Posts:Looking for a therapist? Key questions.6 common obstacles in couples therapy.Do I need…
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3 more obstacles in therapy, how to overcome.

3 more obstacles in therapy and how to overcome them. (World of Psychology) Therapy not only improves mental health symptoms and relationship issues, she said, but it also furthers our psychological (“our emotional, cognitive and relational aspects of life”) and spiritual development (“our deeper connection to our essence or highest self, as well as our…
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Overcoming 3 common obstacles in therapy.

Overcoming 3 common obstacles in therapy. (World of Psychology) If you’re new to therapy, you may not know what to expect. To help you make the most of the process, we asked seasoned clinical psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D, to share the three biggest obstacles in therapy along with how to overcome each one. Related Posts:6…
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Introductory questions therapists commonly ask.

10 introductory questions therapists commonly ask. (World of Psychology) Here are 10 of the more typical questions a psychotherapist will ask to prime your mental pump for positive change during the counseling process. Related Posts:Looking for a therapist? Key questions.Answer these 5 questions before couples counseling.4 questions to foster your authentic self.What therapists wish readers…
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A beginner guide to starting therapy.

A beginner’s guide to starting therapy. (BuzzFeed) Dr. Barber also suggests explicitly asking your therapist in those first few sessions how he’s viewed the visits, and seeing how his ideas for treatment align with yours. “Something I’d get from a therapist — after the first visit, or a few — is a summary of what they…
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Tips for your first therapy session.

3 tips to remember for your first therapy session. (World of Psychology) You’re in a safe environment. The professional is not there to judge you, and they understand if some things are going to be difficult or embarrassing to talk about. Rest assured, they are there to help. Related Posts:What to expect at your first…
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How do I persuade someone to seek professional help?

How do I persuade someone to seek professional help? (lifehacker) Dear Lifehacker, I have a friend who who seems to have some issues that’d benefit from seeing a mental health professional. How can I tell him this without being a jerk?   Related Posts:What kind of therapist – and which type of therapy?Make difficult, serious…
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10 tips for making the most of therapy.

Therapists spill: 10 tips for making the most of therapy (Psych Central) Therapy … can be an amazing, transformative process toward living a conscious life Related Posts:What therapists wish readers knew about therapy.Red flags a clinician is not right for you.21 tips for clients in psychotherapy.Tips for your first therapy session.Tips for dealing with a…
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Reasons to break free from too busy.

4 reasons why you should break free from being ‘too busy’. (Mindful) Our culture wears busyness like a badge of honor. Here’s why you should do less—and feel good about it. Related Posts:Marijuana: Reasons you should take a break.Diet obsession: How to break free.Why you should get rid of your scale.6 reasons men say no…
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Mastering the art of falling apart.

How to master the art of falling apart. (Huffington Post) You see, there’s this point at the deepest depths of our hurt and sadness that’s truly magical. It’s the point at which we see things clearer than we ever thought possible. It’s where miracles happen — after all, “a miracle is simply a shift in…
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Mindfulness, music appreciation and empathy.

Mindfulness, music appreciation and empathy. (Huffington Post) Sometimes people will ask me whether or not listening to music counts as mindfulness practice. I’d say sure Related Posts:Mindfulness puts spark back in relationships.Mindfulness promising for treating depression.Mindfulness not a waste — treats depression.5 ways mindfulness will launch your career.Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression.Improve your workday…
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Developing psychological flexibility with ACT.

Developing psychological flexibility with Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. (World of Psychology) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that combines various strategies that focus on mindfulness and acceptance, enabling people to overcome negative behaviors and commit to the goal of making a change for the better. Related Posts:Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.ACT reduces…
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The 20 things you need to let go to be happy.

The 20 things you need to let go to be happy. (Elite Daily) Everyone has one common goal in life: to achieve true happiness. The biggest factor holding us back from achieving our dreams is, simply and sadly, our own selves. We put limitations on ourselves everyday, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Related Posts:Surprising little things…
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Health benefits of going screen-free.

Health benefits of unplugging and going screen-free this July 4. (Huffington Post) Taking the long weekend to enjoy a life in the third dimension might sound impossible, but it’s perhaps more important to your overall health than anything else you could do. Overusing technology is associated with low self-esteem, high stress and even poor sleep…
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What therapists wish readers knew about therapy.

Therapists spill: What I wish readers knew about therapy and life. (Psych Central) Even though today there’s a lot of information about how therapy works, a slew of misconceptions and misunderstandings still persist, along with a palpable stigma in seeking therapy. Many people also hold erroneous beliefs about themselves and life in general. Below, seasoned…
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Unplug from technology: 19 ways.

Unplug: 19 ways to spend time off the grid. (Huffington Post) We’ve got a serious addiction to our cell phones. In fact, research has shown that more than half of us may have “nomophobia,” or the fear of being phone-less. Cell phone addictions can be just as real as other substance addictions. Related Posts:Reasons to turn off your cell…
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Red flags a clinician is not right for you.

Therapists spill: Red flags a clinician isn’t right for you. (Psych Central) …we asked clinicians to shed light on when a therapist isn’t right for you. Below, they share 11 warning signs that it’s time to find another clinician. Related Posts:10 warning signs your marriage needs couple counseling.What therapists wish readers knew about therapy.How well-meaning therapists commit…
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Learn how to make the most out of therapy.

Learn about how to make the most out of therapy. (Psych Central)  It’s a place for thinkers to try feeling, busy people to practice slowing down, non-confrontational people to be assertive, people pleasers to practice thinking only about themselves, and cut-and-run people to learn the art of a healthy goodbye.” Related Posts:People who make things…
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Best time to find love online is near New Year.

Best time to find love online is near the New Year: Report. (Huffington Post) Resident researchers with Match.com told the Daily Mail that the week leading up to New Year’s is the busiest week of the year for online daters. Related Posts:Telling someone you have an eating disorder.7 drawbacks of online dating.25 things 1st-year college students should never…
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. (Intervention Support) In an ACT session, people are taught that feelings like this come and go, and they can be observed without being modified. Related Posts:Developing psychological flexibility with ACT.ACT reduces shame in substance users.Connecting: Forging real relationships with people of color.10 ways we body shame without realizing it.Empirical basis for…
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Psychotherapy: Myths versus reality.

Psychotherapy: Myths versus reality. (American Psychological Association) If what you know about psychotherapy comes from TV or the movies, you may have some misguided notions about what goes on in a practicing psychologist’s office. Make sure you know the reality instead of the myths so you can benefit from all that psychotherapy has to offer. Related…
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Therapists reveal what therapy can do for you.

National Psychotherapy Day: Therapists reveal what therapy can do for you. (World of Psychology)   Therapy isn’t only for people with a diagnosis — or in crisis. Therapy is a great way to enhance your happiness (or what psychologists call “well-being”). Related Posts:What therapists wish readers knew about therapy.Culturally incompetent therapy: When therapists harm.Red flags…
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All broken, and nothing needs fixed.

It’s all broken, and none of it needs to be fixed. (Guideposts to Happiness) According to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) , which I discussed in the post before last, a value is an aspect of life we want to nurture. Examples include: family, friendship, work, spirituality, aesthetics, and play. Related Posts:7 signs you are in…
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How do I select a therapist or counselor?

How do I select a therapist or counselor? (lifehacker)   It can be confusing when you initially search for counselors or therapists and you come up with a multiple titles, and people with different acronyms after their names, no doubt. Here’s the breakdown of the ones you’re probably seeing, and what they mean. Related Posts:CBT…
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What your therapist has not told you about insurance.

What your therapist hasn’t told you about using insurance. (Confessions of a Therapist) Once upon a time, not long ago, I started out as a licensed therapist- ready to bill insurance. Related Posts:Insurance companies keep eating disorder patients sick.Looking for a therapist? Key questions.Danger of high-functioning depression in college.How do I select a therapist or…
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21 tips for clients in psychotherapy.

21 tips for clients in psychotherapy. (Psychology Today) Therapists have a big advantage in the therapy office. We’ve read a stack of books and spent thousands of hours learning what to do in session. Clients have to learn as they go, costing them valuable time and money. Here are a few pointers to help clients level…
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