Posts Tagged ‘Therapy’

Free Therapy?

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Yes, free therapy:  The monthly Free CBT Clinic at the Southern California Counseling Center runs again today (Sept. 5, 2010) at 2 – 6pm.  No appointment necessary.  Just show up, get a free consultation:  5615 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019.  Future dates are announced on the clinic’s Facebook page.

Preschool Depression?

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

NYT Magazine: Can Preschoolers Be Depressed?

One established [treatment] method is called Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, or P.C.I.T. Originally developed in the 1970s to treat disruptive disorders — which typically include violent or aggressive behavior in preschoolers — P.C.I.T. is generally a short-term program, usually 10 to 16 weeks under the supervision of a trained therapist, with ongoing follow-up in the home. Luby adapted the program for depression and began using it in 2007 in an ongoing study on a potential treatment. During each weekly hourlong session, parents are taught to encourage their children to acquire emotion regulation, stress management, guilt reparation and other coping skills. The hope is that children will learn to handle depressive symptoms and parents will reinforce those lessons.

Anxiety Treatment: Therapy

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

And here’s “Anxiety Treatment – Therapy”:

A Life in Therapy

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

My Life in Therapy, from the NYT Magazine, has Daphne Merkin recalling years spent in psychoanalysis.

Projection. Repression. Acting out. Defenses. Secondary compensation. Transference. Even in these quick-fix, medicated times, when people are more likely to look to Wellbutrin and life coaches than to the mystique-surrounded, intangible promise of psychoanalysis, these words speak to me with all the charged power of poetry…

Free CBT L.A.

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

It’s that time again:  the free CBT clinic at the Southern California Counseling Center runs from 2 to 6pm today, August 1st.  My quick interview with clinic founder, John Tsilimparis, is here.  [UPDATE: SCCC’s Free CBT Clinic no longer operating.]

Mental Health, CA

Thursday, July 29th, 2010


In never rains in California, but…

In a comprehensive new study of mental health status and the use of mental health services by Californians, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that nearly one in five adults in the state — about 4.9 million people — said they needed help for a mental or emotional health problem…

Phone Therapy

Sunday, July 25th, 2010


The Los Angeles Times looks at phone therapy (it works).

The therapist-patient relationship is crucial to people battling depression, addiction, weight gain and diabetes. But that relationship might not always have to be in person to be effective…

Positive Psychology TED

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

From TED2004–an oldie–Positive Psychology founder, Martin Seligman, talking his talk.

What Happens in Therapy?

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

What happens in therapy?  Good question.  Couch Fiction, a book-length comic by British psychotherapist, Philippa Perry, offers some answers.

Based on a case study of Pat (our sandal-wearing, cat-loving psychotherapist) and her new client, James (an ambitious barrister with a potentially harmful habit he can’t stop), this graphic novel follows the anxieties, frustrations, mind-wanderings and break-throughs of each, through a year of therapy sessions together.

On the page:  What he says, what she says…what he’s thinking, what she’s thinking.  At page bottom, explanations about the theory behind various therapeutic interventions, missteps made, etc.

See a (very positive) review here…and an author interview here.

(Also at WTCI)

Talk Therapy Psychiatrist

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

David Carlat talks to NPR about his book, Unhinged: The Trouble With Psychiatry. Article, audio, and excerpt all on the site.

“And this is a good therapist who I often work with. I recommend that you give her a call and set up an appointment. The medication works better when you are also seeing a counselor.”

She looked confused. “Aren’t you my therapist?”