Mental Health Professionals

Mental Health Professionals and Client Suicide Risk Assessment

In a study published last year, researchers reported that about “20 percent of suicide decedents have had contact with a mental health professional within one month prior to their death.” That alarming percentage has put suicide risk assessment at the forefront of mental health professionals’ agenda in recent years, as the Centers for Disease Control […]

Crossing the Boundary: When Mental Health Professionals are Stalked

Mental health professionals (MHP)—psychologists, social workers (LSW/LCSW), LPCs (Licensed Professional Counselors), and others—are trained and prepared to help treat and manage a myriad of mental health difficulties. Working closely with clients, MHPs also must manage the counselor-client relationship. Sometimes, however, something can go horribly wrong in this relationship—for instance, cases of serial stalking by clients. […]

Defining Wellbeing and Explaining How We Can Achieve It

Many of us want to obtain wellbeing. But how? What exactly is wellbeing? And why does overall wellbeing seem so elusive? Wellbeing, as it turns out, can be broken down into five “essential” elements. These elements include: • Career well being • Social wellbeing • Financial wellbeing • Physical wellbeing • Community wellbeing Authors Tom […]

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 […]