psychotherapy

Study: Mindfulness Meditation May Help Veterans Cope with PTSD

Veterans dealing with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may have an alternative option for their healing process. According to a study published earlier this year in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy—an a academic journal devoted to issues of psychological trauma—researchers reported that VA-sponsored meditation programs “show promise for reducing PTSD severity in Veterans receiving mental health services.” The […]

Child-Centered Play Therapy: A Viable Intervention?

In a recent article, “Patient Consultation in Child-Centered Play Therapy: A Model for Research and Practice,” published in 2015, researchers investigate and expand upon a type of therapy for children that has its roots in the work of Virginia Axeline in the late ‘60s. Axeline, who was a student of Carl Rogers, “developed nondirective play therapy as a […]

Client’s perceptions of Effective Therapy

Two researchers, Corrine R. Sackett and Gerard Lawson, published a paper earlier this year in the Journal of Counseling and Development that explores the therapeutic process from the client’s perspective. Their paper, “A Phenomenological Inquiry of Clients’ Meaningful Experiences in Counseling with Counselors-in-Training,” aims to emphasize the client’s perspective because “[t]raditionally,” according to the paper’s […]

How to Choose a Therapist

When it comes to choosing the right therapist, there is a lot to consider. Many individuals who enter into therapy may not be aware of the several variables that can affect the outcome of that intervention–such as the theoretical orientation of the therapist and the rapport the client has with their therapist. So, choosing the […]

Boosting Your Self-Esteem

The concept of self-esteem remains cloudy: some individuals seem not to have enough while others have so much that it may resemble something more like narcissism. That said, however, defining and implementing self-esteem may not remain an easy task, which is what brought psychologist Nathanial Branden to publish his seminal work, “The Psychology of Self-Esteem,” in 1969. […]

Tackling Depression and ‘The Approval Addiction’

David D. Burns, M.D., first published “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” in 1980. Since then, the book has gone on to sell millions of copies and has inspired countless spinoff workbooks and seminars. In fact, the book’s popularity remains epitomized by a quote from the Los Angeles Times on its back cover: “A book […]

Living Happily, the Epictetus Way

Epictetus’ Strangely ‘Modern’ Psychology Although the field of psychology is more than a century old, its roots, arguably, can be traced back even further. Psychology, much like the natural and physical sciences centuries earlier, split off from philosophy in the late 19th Century. Williams James, many histories argue, remains the first “true” psychologist in the modern […]

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 […]