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Therapeutic Alliance: Does It Help the Weight-Loss Process? by Doctor of Philosophy Posted Wed 19 Oct 2011 5:00am In therapy, one thing that both therapist and patient count on having is a good alliance. Therapeutic alliance is essentially how well the two people get along and cooperate with one another as they go about their therapeutic work together. The idea of therapeutic alliance can certainly be lifted and used when you are working out something ... Read on »
a therapeutic alliance by yumers Posted Sat 29 Jan 2011 10:47pm It is four weeks into 2011, and I have yet to settle into some sort of a routine. It’s not that I’m so busy as much as the fact that I’m just unorganized about activities, cleanliness—well, life in general. So, it’s probably no surprise that it took me until this week to actually call my psychotherapist, Dr. L, to make an appointment. (Why d ... Read on »
It Isn't All About Evidence-Based Practice by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Thu 30 Apr 2009 10:39pm This article from Counselor does a good job pointing out some of the limitations of the push for evidence based practices. The whole issue is a double-edged sword. Measuring your own outcomes is a good thing, but it's no small burden for a treatment provider. (Imagine if every doctor had to measure their outcomes.) The adoption of and eviden ... Read on »
Treating chronic EDs by Carrie A. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 09 Feb 2010 2:42pm Reading this article about chronic eating disorders and treatment resistance left me rather depressed. To some extentchronic eating disorders aren't exactly the most uplifting thing to think aboutand I didn't expect this type of article to give me the warm fuzzies. But after reading this articleI wanted to find myself a Prozac salt lick. I meanho ... Read on »
Offender Therapy - A Series by Jeremiah D. Doctor of Philosophy Posted Fri 03 Oct 2008 12:53pm One of the reasons I started this blog is because whenever I tell people what I do, or where I work, I get a million questions.  People are fascinated by crime, criminals, and prisons, and the fact that so few people have been inside a prison (or know a serious offender) adds to this "mystique."  Even people who work in the mental health profes ... Read on »
Study examines quality of ... by Dr. Rubens D. Medical Doctor Posted Wed 11 Jul 2012 8:41am Study examines quality of life factors at end of life for patients with cancer Better quality of life at the end of life for patients with advanced cancer was associated with avoiding hospitalizations and the intensive care unit, worrying less, praying or meditating, being visited by a pastor in a hospital or clinic, and having a therapeutic ... Read on »
Recovery-oriented Methadone Maintenance, part 2 by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Mon 18 Oct 2010 3:25am Here Bill describes the devolution that troubled early advocates of MM The regulation and mass diffusion of MM in the 1970s and 1980s was accompanied by changes in treatment philosophy and clinical protocols. The most significant of these changes in terms of recovery orientation included a shift in emphasis from personal recovery to reduction o ... Read on »
Is low therapist empathy toxic? by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Tue 08 Oct 2013 6:35am Starting in the 1950s Carl Rogers brought Person-centered psychotherapy into mainstream focus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   Miller and Moyers make the case that low therapist empathy is toxic with a review of some research on the topic.   In one study, a single in-session therapist behavior predicted 42% of the variance i ... Read on »
How to Pick A Good Therapist by Dr. Silva Medical Doctor Posted Thu 27 Aug 2009 11:38pm More people than ever are seeking professional counseling services in one form or another. Thankfully, the stigma of seeing a mental health professional is waning and people are becoming better educated regarding the various options available to them. Needless to say, psychotherapy can be extremely helpful, and it is almost always a good idea i ... Read on »
Is CBT Just a Load of B? by Chris Allan Doctor of Philosophy Posted Sat 13 Sep 2008 3:04am What if you could just forget about all that complex cognitive challenging, understanding of logical fallacies and the mental demand this asks of the clinician working in the room? A new paper out in the latest Clinical Psychology Review suggests that maybe you can. Richard Longmore and Michael Worrell have a provocative paper (can't make a l ... Read on »