What to Expect From Individual Therapy

Aligning client expectations with the role of mental health providers is important because it helps build a rapport between clients and therapists. That rapport is not only important for trust-building but also critical for achieving optimal treatment outcomes. In the ideal circumstance, effective individual therapy can be life-changing. Because individual therapy is a one-on-one interaction […]

What Are the Differences Between Anorexia and Bulimia?

Many people who struggle with an eating disorder may be unsure of the symptoms of anorexia and bulimia and what process they are struggling with. However, it is important to encourage individuals to see a doctor and seek treatment for their disorder if they experience any symptoms. Let’s take a closer look at some of […]

How Can Psychodynamic Therapy Heal Complex Trauma?

Psychodynamic therapy is rooted in traditional psychoanalysis. it draws from object relations, ego psychology, and self-psychology. It was originally devised as a more brief alternative to psychoanalysis. Similar to cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy intends to create changes in behavior. Unlike cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on conscious thoughts and behaviors, psychodynamic therapy emphasizes the […]

What Role Does OCD Play in Addiction?

  Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder whereby a person has unreasonable fears and anxiety due to repeated and compulsive thoughts. OCD patients participate in repetitive, compulsive activities such as counting things, hand washing and arranging belongings. Performing these actions brings momentary relief for individuals with this disorder. These cyclical behaviors, coupled with the […]

Addressing Trauma While Treating LGBTQ+ Individuals

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is pervasive in the LGBTIQA+ community. This is primarily because individuals that identify as LGBTIQA+ are at greater risk of childhood maltreatment, witnessing deadly violence, witnessing the trauma of a close friend or relative, and experiencing the unexpected death of someone close to them, than are individuals who identify as heterosexual. […]

Treating Trauma-Based Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessions are thoughts, images, ideas, or urges that are persistent and uncontrollable, intrude on consciousness, and usually cause significant anxiety or distress. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels they must perform. Most people can ignore or dismiss such thoughts, attribute them to their distress, and allow the thought to subside […]

How Can You Get the Most Out of Each Therapy Session?

Attending therapy can help you overcome distressing memories and heal from mistakes made in more recent times. For therapy to be effective, you have to acknowledge that you have the power to make a positive transformation. Therapy can help you get back on your feet if you put in the effort and allow your therapist […]

Providing Anxiety Treatment as a Baseline for Co-Occurring Disorders

Anxiety Is an Extremely Common Co-Occurring Disorder According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety commonly co-occurs with physical illness as well as mental illness. Irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disorders, headaches, fibromyalgia, and other physical ailments are just the beginning. Substance use disorders and eating disorders also commonly co-occur. With many debilitating illnesses […]

The Effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Anxiety Treatment

Traditional Uses for Dialectical Behavior Therapy Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an empowering skill and behavior-based treatment that is effective in treating borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. DBT includes four core elements with components of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The first of the four elements involve serving the five functions of treatment through enhancing […]

The Problem With Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry

Human suffering is a widespread issue that is not fully understood by the field of psychiatry. Practitioners don’t always know all of the answers. Practitioners and clinicians may air on the side of caution, feeling that the risk of under-diagnosing a client outweighs the dangers of over-diagnosing. Most clinicians consider ethics and strive to provide the […]

How Can Bipolar Disorder Affect Everyday Life?

The prevalence of Bipolar Disorder (BD) is approximately four percent of the population in the United States. Unfortunately, a substantial number of people are often misdiagnosed, undiagnosed, or don’t receive proper treatment. Symptom onset usually begins in adolescence or early adulthood. The disorder is characterized by periods of “mood states,” which are manic (periods of […]

What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety Disorders are Becoming More and More Prevalent The prevalence of anxiety is rising, perhaps due to a more anxiety-inducing culture or increased reporting and accessibility of information. In the US between 2008 and 2018, respondents experiencing anxiety rose by over five percent. The Anxiety & Depression Association of America Facts and Statistics Page in 2021 […]