By Meghan Vivo
The #MeToo movement has gone viral following sexual harassment and sexual misconduct allegations against a growing list of celebrities. It’s a powerful and needed movement that’s only beginning to shed light on the depth and scale of the problem.
By Karen Williams, MS, LAC
Intensive Outpatient Program Clinical Manager at Promises Scottsdale
Group therapy works because it creates connection and reduces toxic shame through open, honest communication. Many aspects of the group dynamic contribute to the reasons why group therapy works. Here are 10 of them:
By Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD, LMFT, Clinical Program Director, Promises Malibu Vista
Addressing spirituality and spiritual issues in psychotherapy can be an integral part of helping clients heal from trauma and achieve post-traumatic growth. Spiritual concepts such as forgiveness, meaning-making, surrender and connectedness can help clients integrate traumatic events and move forward with new narratives and resources for coping.
The fear of intimacy can ruin relationships. We all crave connection, but due to trauma suffered in childhood, or perhaps as the result of a relationship in adulthood that went terribly wrong, some people learn that it’s safer to keep others at an emotional arm’s length. But doing so is counterproductive and often leads to destructive attachment or intimacy disorders.
In recovery, you must leave behind the lifestyle, and the people, who enabled you to maintain your active addiction. Studies show that peers have a strong influence on drinking and drug use. Intimate partners can also sway you to indulge in old behaviors. Thus, people who drank or did drugs with you cannot be part of your new, sober life if they are still active in those habits.
Biofeedback therapy is the general term for a range of techniques that rely on information provided by your own body to help you improve your physical or mental well-being. One of the many methods used to achieve this goal is neurofeedback therapy, which relies on information gathered from a specific part of your brain. A closer look will help clarify the differences between these two categories of therapy.
CBT techniques are among the most popular psychotherapy treatments today. Researchers and mental health professionals have found that CBT techniques are effective at treating a number of mental health disorders, ranging from depression to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
A new twist on cognitive behavioral therapy is gaining traction in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. It uses techniques from psychodrama, an experiential role play therapy, layered over the research-based favorite, cognitive behavioral therapy. Although this combination is not officially recognized as a distinct form of therapy, it’s being used by some leading-edge therapists to successfully treat addiction and mental health disorders.
This past Valentine’s Day, an Oklahoma high school student showed how quickly the effects of kindness can spread.
There are a lot of myths about therapy in society. There’s an inherent assumption that people who see counselors or psychologists are “crazy,” or that if you go to a therapist you’re somehow weak; but this is far from the truth. You might be skeptical about whether you need therapy after rehab, or may even feel like you can’t do it. If no one in your family has been to therapy before, you may have taken on the general opinion that it isn’t necessary, or that the people you share genes with are somehow different from the people who attend therapy. Looking at the reality behind these concerns helps you jump that last hurdle and get the support you need.
As the adult daughter of a mother with mental illness, it falls to me to keep doctors and sometimes even law enforcement apprised of my mother’s history and tendencies. She has been involuntarily committed into psychiatric treatment by police on at least four occasions, and has more than once been arrested as a result of actions prompted by psychotic symptoms. My mother’s history with mental illness has often made it difficult for her to maintain jobs, relationships and even the compassion of mental health professionals (she threatened one psychiatrist’s life).
Dreading the get-together with family this holiday season? Do you feel tightness in your chest at the thought of spending more than 10 minutes with Uncle Bob after he’s had his fifth double vodka? Worried that things will get out of hand with other family members who launch into a tirade about everything you’ve done wrong in your life? Are you afraid that you’ll be so stressed out by the situation that you’ll feel compelled to drink, go out and smoke weed or stuff your face again?
Insomnia is a condition characterized by problems such as difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep and (in most cases) unrestful sleep that fails to sufficiently refresh the body and mind. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) classifies insomnia as an independent mental health issue in a category known as sleep-wake disorders, and it also appears as a symptom or contributing factor in a number of other mental health problems. One well-regarded, but currently seldom used option for treating insomnia is a form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, or CBT-I.
Negative emotion is a state of mind that typically causes distress and reduces the sense of equilibrium or well-being. People who constantly or repeatedly experience negative emotion have a personality trait that psychologists and other mental health experts sometimes refer to as neuroticism/negative emotionality. According to a study published in 2007 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the presence of negative emotionality can lead to an increased participation in reckless or impulsive behaviors. In turn, a high level of impulsivity significantly increases the risk of abusing alcohol and/or a variety of drugs.
Worry and stress are an important part of most people’s everyday lives. These emotional states often alert a person that a task or situation has serious potential implications for their well-being. Worry and stress come and go, but when they are persistent and limit normal functioning, they may indicate a form of an anxiety disorder.