Challenge ‘diet mentality’ to treat binge eating

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder among adults in the United States. More than 8 percent of American adults meet some or all of the criteria for binge eating disorder at some point in their life, more than all other eating disorders combined. Despite the need for effective treatment, binge eating […]

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  • Psychotherapy and Counseling are Different

    In an article entitled “Master’s therapy not that different” in the Jan/Feb 2018 edition, Larry Powitz, Ed.D., asks what is it that doctoral level mental health practitioners do different than non-doctoral level mental health practitioners, such as master level psychologists, LCSWs, LCPCs, MFTs, and he concludes that the psychotherapy by all provided is quite the […]

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  • PTSD Treatment Restricted by Cost-Containment

    An Ohio psychologist who served as an Army psychologist in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan contends United Healthcare (UHC) is denying needed treatment for a PTSD client formerly seen on a weekly basis by limiting reimbursement to cover no more than one session every two weeks. Kathy Platoni, Psy.D., said she was notified in […]

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  • Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy

    Animal Assisted Psychotherapy (AAP) is a unique and expanding field in which mental health professionals incorporate trained therapy animals into counseling sessions. AAP differs from the more commonly understood animal assisted therapy (AAT) in which volunteer handlers and animals visit facilities such as schools, hospitals or nursing homes. AAT programs are powerful for both the […]

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  • Cincinnati Becomes Second City to Ban Conversion Therapy

     Cincinnati in mid-December became the second city in the United States to ban the practice of conversion therapy for gay youth. The city council voted 7-2 to pass the law, which prohibits therapy designed to change sexual orientation or gender identity for minors and imposes a $200-a-day fine on violators following opposition from almost two […]

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  • Group Psychotherapy: Considerations & Guidelines

    Ensemble, visibility and education are key concepts for group psychotherapists. Ensemble Ensemble is the operative concept and primary goal of all effective groups (ensembles). Ensembles strive to function increasingly effectively in ensemble. I learned the significance of ensemble from lifelong experience as a chamber-music ’cellist. The importance of ensemble is demonstrated by the optimally functioning […]

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  • Hurricane Trauma and Psychology: Mix Well, Stirred but not Shaken

    On Sept. 10 Hurricane Irma’s eyewall passed over my home and made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm. My wife and I were long gone; we had evacuated first to the home of friends in Orlando and then continued on to Georgia to seek sanctuary with our younger son and his […]

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  • Risk Management: Exposure Varies in Alternative Practice Models

    Alternative practice models create exciting opportunities for psychologists within and outside of formal Affordable Care Act (ACA) structures, notwithstanding likely coming changes. Some may learn new business practices, and they and their clients may benefit from improved access to medical services and consultation with other professionals. Although there is potential for new risks, psychologists who […]

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  • Psychologists Can Fill Needs for Autism Spectrum Disorders

    The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continues to increase, and families and agencies face shortfalls in professionals to provide comprehensive services. The American Academy of Pediatrics adopted screening for ASD at 18- and 24-month well child visits. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry includes screening as a clinical standard for developmental and […]

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  • Counseling the Elite Athlete

    I have spent 20 years providing counseling and consultation for clients in the world of sports. From sports organizations to teams to individual athletes, my clientele reflects a diverse and varied set of presenting issues, concerns and dynamics. To assume that I would be prepared to deal with this myriad of concerns based solely on […]

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