Psychologists can play big role in stemming opioid crisis

Every day in the United States, an average of 150 people will die of opioid overdoses. That’s the sobering truth about a crisis that has gripped the country for more than a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that more than 399,000 people died from overdoses from 1999-2017. But […]

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  • Employee vs independent contractor – why it matters

    Some practice owners bring on new clinicians as independent contractors rather than as employees, which saves the practice owner money, time and paperwork. When clinicians working in the practice are designated as employees, the practice owner is responsible for paying half of their Social Security and Medicare taxes. The practice owner also needs to withhold […]

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  • Using CQ (couple intelligence) in couples counseling

    In The Analytic Attitude, Roy Shaefer, Ph.D., reminded us that the therapist’s flaunting of intelligence with patients can be distancing, if not anti-therapeutic. Interpersonal relational models of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and counseling, have elevated the role of authenticity over intellect. Might the principle of “relating” rather than “impressing” also apply to the intimate partner milieu? At […]

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  • Exposure therapy is fast and effective

    When I first heard about exposure therapy I was early in my graduate career sitting on a bench with a professional mentor who told me that her son had a needle phobia and was in treatment to reduce his fear so that he could be vaccinated. She described the therapist showing pictures and watching videos […]

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  • Integrated healthcare requires caution

    Integrating behavioral health into primary care and other healthcare services has offered another service modality to our field’s bandwidth. It holds a unique place, sharing the boundary between behavioral and other healthcare services, and is best served by integrated teams. Some have argued there is an urgent need for this treatment modality due to the […]

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  • Closing private psychologist practice not for faint of heart

    The closing of a private practice is a complex process inclusive of ethical, legal, financial and emotional issues. I found a handy-dandy checklist in the literature discussing the ethical, legal and financial obligations. However, the checklist failed to help me anticipate the intensity of my own resistance to termination. It is my intent now to […]

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  • Telepsychology takes special training

    Launching a telepsychology practice involves numerous tasks, some similar to starting any private practice and others more pertinent to the practice of telespychology. Following are some of the things I did to launch my practice, with a focus on the aspects that more specifically pertain to telepsychology. First I wrote an ebook and listed it […]

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  • Self-care is essential to risk management

    When we consider risk management in psychological practice, we readily think of: informed consent, documentation, consultation, personal characteristics of patient and provider, best-practice clinical strategies and levels of risk. But rarely do we think of self-care. And yet, self-care might be the most foundational, most all-encompassing risk management tool of all. Imagine for a moment […]

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    Psychologists face denials, delays in testing payments

    At the beginning of 2019 psychologists who test children or adults were required to learn a complex coding and billing system after the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) overhauled the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for central nervous system assessments. Prior to the change going into effect, […]

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  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Helpful hints

    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) assumes psychological problems are caused by negative thoughts and behavior that influence feelings. We can help clients with a few suggestions on how to change what they are doing when distressed rather than to focus solely on what they are thinking. Here are some actions a psychologist can instruct a client […]

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