Evidence Based Practices

Spirituality and Therapy: Guidelines for Effective Practice

Spirituality can be a difficult concept to define. It’s similar to the concept of time, we know what it means until we are asked to define it. In general, spirituality often involves a dimension of searching, of seeking—whether it is for meaning, existential answers, or a connection with something greater than ourselves. But how should spirituality […]

Treatment Options for Those who Struggle with Insomnia

Insomnia is more than just not sleeping well. It remains a mental health disorder that is classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, and it is also a problem that many Americans suffer from. In order to meet the criteria for insomnia, Haynes, et al. (2011), describes: “Insomnia complaints must last [at least] […]

4 Key Questions (and answers) about Depression

Described as the “common cold” of mental illness, depression affects millions of Americans each year. For instance, in 2005 – 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “More than 1 out of 20 Americans 12 years of age or older reported current depression.” What’s more, as widely reported, once an individual […]

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 […]

Mindfulness Based Interventions: In Search of Empirical Support

“Mindfulness” has become the buzzword in psychological circles recently. Even the briefest of Google searches will lead to articles like, “The High Profile People Who Embraced Mindfulness, Meditation and Wellbeing In 2014” and “Mindfulness Is Just as Effective as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Treating Anxiety, Depression” Following the bio-medical model, psychologists seek to refine and implement interventions […]

Examining the Evidence for Evidence-Based Practices

It’s a mantra in grad-school that one’s theoretical orientation and the services they provide in their therapies should center on “evidence-based practices.” With the demand for mental health care treatment on the rise, a hot topic in recent years has been the efficacy of psychological versus pharmacological treatments. Psychological interventions are costly for health insurance […]