When you consider trusting someone with your secrets and working with them to improve your life and mental health, you deserve to know they are legitimate. That’s why finding out if a therapist [psychotherapist] is licensed is worth it. If you use the advice and steps we’ve outlined below, you’ll have more peace of mind before you start therapy.
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With the help of brain imaging technology, researchers are developing a better understanding of how mental illnesses have a basis in our brains. This knowledge is reshaping how we define and diagnose many conditions. One field of counseling is using this knowledge to shape treatment plans.
This emerging field is called neurocounseling. Psychologists are effectively using it to treat people with depression, seizures, ADHD, sleep disorders and a broad range of other mental health problems.
Because our brains are developing and creating new neural pathways well into adulthood — a concept called neuroplasticity — clinicians are learning how therapy can treat clients’ brains, not only their behaviors.
“Why do I still feel so sad,” my client said. She was crying in my office after losing her baby when she was 16 weeks pregnant.
“I shouldn’t still feel this sad.”
It had been many weeks since her miscarriage, but the emotional scars and pain were still poignant. My client had a hard time feeling like she had permission to have her feelings of grief and loss.
Miscarriage didn’t feel like a legitimate loss for her. There was no funeral. Many people didn’t know she was pregnant. She was walking around with a loss she felt she couldn’t tell others about. Continue reading Miscarriage: You Are Not Alone
Name: Patricia Petrone Licensing Info: LMHC, NYS, License no. 006722 Where you live: Rochester, NY Hometown: Rochester, NY Amount of time working at Talkspace: five months Time working as a Therapist: five Years
Because of the stigma of mental illness and systemic flaws that limit access to mental health care, people want less frustrating and more affordable paths to improving their mental health. Companies, academic researchers and government organizations are creating innovations in mental health care and technology to reach these consumers.
In spite of these efforts, there are still millions of people who give up on improving their mental health because they are not aware of these innovations. By looking at the innovations below and spreading the word, you can present them with more options and offer another chance to live a happier life. Continue reading The Top Innovations in Mental Health Care and Technology
You think you have all the time in the world. When you’re ready to get pregnant it will just happen.
People don’t talk about the difficulty that can accompany pregnancy. They assume it will be easy because people rarely mention infertility. No one thinks of the possibility that it could take years to get pregnant. They don’t consider the thousands upon thousands of dollars they could spend trying to get pregnant. You might not consider the toll infertility could have on most if not all the relationships in your life.
We’ve seen advanced artificial intelligence capable of holding a conversation such as Siri, IBM’s Watson and Microsoft’s Cortana. But could any robot — even something designed only for psychotherapy and more advanced than the aforementioned AIs — be a decent therapist?
People have used bots for therapy, but it’s not clear whether they could surpass human therapists in our lifetime. Looking at the past, present and possible future of robots as therapists will give you an idea of how effective they could be. Continue reading Could a Robot Be a Decent Therapist?
Name: Samantha White Licensing info: MSW, LCSW, LICSW, licensed in Massachusetts and Florida Lives in: Florida Originally from: Massachusetts Time at Talkspace: 1 year Time as a Therapist: Over 20 years
Because therapist Irvin Yalom has practiced psychotherapy for more than six decades, he has witnessed and played a role in the evolution of therapy.
Dr. Yalom is the professor emeritus of psychiatry at Stanford University, a renowned existential psychotherapist, the author of bestselling novels and psychology books, and one of Talkspace’s clinical advisors (he works closely with our head of clinical development, Nicole Amesbury).
If you missed our clinical conference, The Future of Therapy, don’t worry! This post will retroactively bring the experience to you. After all, Talkspace is all about virtually providing services for people who can’t make it in-person or prefer the online experience.
9:30-10:30 a.m. — Meeting People In-Person for the First Time
Our virtual tour of The Future of Therapy begins with attendees entering Cedar Lake, a historic multi-use event space in Manhattan.
The hall was filled with long wood tables, Talkspace memorabilia, complimentary snacks, free copies of Psychology Today and an increasing number of attendees looking for familiar faces — or unfamiliar ones. The attendees were a mixture of panelists, speakers, people who represent companies innovating in health care and technology, therapists, reporters, venture capitalists and Talkspace staff and community members. All of them wanted to learn, network or promote their brand or cause. Continue reading Everything You Missed at the 2016 Future of Therapy Conference