Track and Market Outcome Results

Private practitioners are continually challenged to come up with new ways of attracting clients. Rather than learning trendy new treatments to lure new customers, imagine being able to measure and market the quality of your services more effectively. Few clinicians have ventured into this powerful way to position a private practice: focusing on improving and […]

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  • Documenting Client Claims of Sexual Abuse

    With the cases from the Penn State football sexual abuse scandal continuing to grow, we will soon see an explosion of unrelated cases from clients who have been too afraid to accuse alleged predators. I am already observing such reports from my own clients. One question being raised is, “How will we know which cases/accusations […]

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  • My Experience with Carl Whitaker

    Carl A. Whitaker, M.D., was a pioneer in psychotherapy as well as family therapy. He co-authored the master classic, The Roots of Psychotherapy, with Thomas P. Malone, M.D., Ph.D. Whitaker’s major contribution was freeing up the use of self to shoot from the hip concerning such unconscious materials as suicide, homicide, incest etc. that therapists […]

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  • What is the Power of Group Psychotherapy?

    Man is a social animal who remains group-oriented to ensure survival, connection and belonging. Our lives begin in family groups and we function thereafter as members of groups at school, work and in communities. The origin of the power of the group as an agent of change to promote healing lies buried in antiquity. But, […]

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  • Breast Cancer Survival Rates Improve with Psychological Intervention

    In what could be major step in the battle against breast cancer, an 11-year study by Ohio State University’s Department of Psychology shows that psychological intervention may very well improve a woman’s survival rate. The study showed that breast cancer victims might have a better chance of survival, said Barbara Andersen, Ph.D., professor of psychology, […]

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  • Ten Tips from 40 years in Clinical Practice

    Forty years ago, I began clinical practice after receiving the Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from Queen’s University. The first two post-graduate years were devoted to direct service delivery while serving in a community mental health center in Minnesota. This was followed by three years of university teaching at the doctoral level while providing consultation […]

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  • Football Head Injuries Create Need for Therapists

    The United States is obsessed with football, and especially the National Football League (NFL). Between the artistry of the game and fantasy football fanatics, the NFL has become America’s pastime. The size and speed of today’s NFL athlete is the reason the league is so popular, but it is also the reason that the game has become […]

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  • Partners of Sex Addicts Need Treatment for Trauma

    The field of clinical treatment and therapeutic intervention for the spectrum of disorders related to compulsive sexual behavior and sex addiction is still a newly emerging field, yet to even gain legitimacy within the larger psychological community. Research, professional debate and clinical development have been predominantly focused on the nature of sex addiction, how to […]

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  • Multiple Relationships Not Always Bad

    I was surprised to read the statement of my esteemed colleague, Ed Zuckerman, Ph.D., in the last issue of The National Psychologist (Nov/Dec, 2011), where as part of an article on “The Fiduciary Heart of Ethics“ he stated, “We have an ethical obligation to avoid multiple relationships.” This statement is in contrast to the APA’s […]

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  • Once Taboo Topic, Money, Now Critical Therapy Issue

    Money is increasingly emerging as a topic in the psychotherapy setting. Our current recessionary times have brought financial matters to the fore in the lives of the general public and our clients as well, but in addition, a budding movement appears be taking root. Long a taboo subject of conversation in our culture, money has […]

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