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Pandemic spurs interest in walk-and-talk therapy

While most psychologists have flocked to online therapy because of COVID-19, a few lucky practitioners have another alternative: walk-and-talk therapy. Walking with patients while talking with them for clinical sessions isn’t new – at least one New York social worker has been doing it for years. But in a worldwide pandemic where outdoor togetherness is […]

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    Cybersecurity for telehealth in the home office

    In March, COVID-19 forced us all to either start operating by telehealth or stop serving clients. The field adjusted quickly and admirably. However, there is now a need for clinicians to develop our basic skills – and legal-ethical compliance – around the security of our home-based telehealth offices. Like any clinical workspace, home offices need […]

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    Dreams can be valuable in therapy

    Clinical dreamwork and the science of dreaming are separate worlds that rarely cross-fertilize. However, those who work with dreams in clinical practice have much to gain from current dream research findings. We now know much more about the nature and purpose of dreaming than we did even a decade ago, and this new information strengthens […]

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    Psychologists pivot to teletherapy as pandemic takes hold

    For clinical psychologist Alison McGrath Howard, Psy.D., the decision to stop practicing face-to-face and begin using teletherapy to counsel patients was a no-brainer. On March 13 – the Friday of the week that COVID-19 turned America upside down — she woke up with a fever and a cough and felt “horrific.” The week before, she’d […]

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    COVID-19 brings change to behavioral health for older adults

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says eight out of 10 U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus have been in adults age 65 and older. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have become hotspots for the virus, accounting for 42 percent of COVID-19 deaths, according to the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunities […]

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    Teletherapy tips

    The National Psychologist talked with psychologists across the country about how they’re managing to operate their practices using teletherapy during the pandemic. Here are some of their suggestions for other practitioners. Talk regularly to other colleagues about the challenges of this “new normal.” Find a teletherapy platform that’s simple, efficient, compliant and has few glitches. […]

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    Psychotherapy, embodiment and the Dharma

    “I don’t have any experience in applying Western psychotherapy to the Buddhist path.” — H. H. Dalai Lama. These are dark days. And more than anything else it is the stability of the human mind that will determine our outcome. Trying to understand the mind as we psychologists do is a humbling task. And trying […]

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    Geropsychologists find success, satisfaction with all manner of online training

    While many psychologists who provide behavioral health services to older adults are bemoaning 2021 Medicare cuts, online gero-entrepreneurs are helping older adults, family caregivers and staff in long-term care in locations around the world and getting paid for their expertise – with no dependence on insurance and without leaving home. Training webinars conducted through Zoom, […]

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    Deconstructing competitive commitments

    In the human psyche, competitive commitments occur when the individual is having difficulty committing due to their commitment being in two or more directions at the same time. These commitments are competing due to the reality they are in direct opposition to one another (i.e., freedom versus security). In most cases, the competing commitment is […]

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    Therapy in the time of COVID-19: A look at one ethical issue

    Consider this scenario: During a therapy session, a patient stated that the media was hyping the threat of coronavirus, that it was no worse than the regular flu, and that he was still going out with friends for non-essential social activities. At a time when much of the United States is under “shelter in place” […]

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