Month: March 30, 2015

What Makes an Effective Therapist?

Many professionals may ask: What makes an effective therapist? Although no one answer to this question may emerge, there are, as it happens, approaches to therapeutic practice that may enhance a professional’s effectiveness. How well a therapist relates to his or her clients, the school of thought the therapist adheres to, and the professional’s individual […]

Achieving Self-Actualization, the Maslow Way

Abraham Maslow remains a pivotal figure in contemporary psychology. Known for his “Hierarchy of Needs,” Maslow helped to distinguish himself and his ideas from the dominant trends in mid-twentieth century psychology: Freudian psychoanalysis and behaviorism. Tom Butler-Bowdon, a popular psychology writer, put it this way: “Maslow originated a ‘third force,’ humanistic psychology, which refused to […]

Do you know how to avoid Burnout? 6 Simple Tips for Clinicians

Career burnout remains a problem for Mental Health Professionals (MHPs). According to a 2012 study, “. . . [t]he mental health field has paid relatively little attention to the health and well-being of its own workers.” Working with a range of patients who may possess diverse challenges—trauma, sexual issues, depression and anxiety—MHPs are exposed to […]

Is Psychology a Science? Thoughts for Mental Health Professionals

Since its inception in the late nineteenth century, the field of psychology has undergone various revolutions and transformations: From Freud’s psychoanalysis to modern approaches to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), diverse schools of thought have emerged, each with its own best practices and theoretical frameworks toward therapy. Yet with all of these developments, some within and outside of […]