Crisis in managed care

A Foundation for Ethics in Mental Health Managed Care

The video above is a an expert panel I moderated on issues of ethics and effectiveness in addiction treatment at an international conference in London 2017. The code of ethics in psychotherapy has been challenged. The U.S. and British governments are beginning to crack down heavily on unethical treatment practices. If you think it’s generally […]

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

It is not unusual for children, particularly those in their ‘terrible-twos’ through early-teens to defy authority every now and again. Children might express their defiance with arguing, talking back to parents and teachers, and disobeying adults. If this behavior lasts longer than six months and is in a high amount, then it may mean that […]

Social Anxiety Disorder

Being uncomfortable in certain social situations is a feeling that is all too familiar. Meeting someone, or sometimes the thought of meeting someone new may cause you to close up. More so, giving a presentation or speaking to a room full of people makes palms sweaty and knees weak. Public speaking is not everyone’s favorite, […]

Explaining Paranoia

What is Paranoia? Paranoia is an intense anxiety or fearful thoughts and feelings that are often related to persecution, conspiracy, or threat. Paranoia occurs with many mental disorders, but most often presents in psychotic disorders. Paranoia can develop into delusions; when irrational beliefs and thoughts become fixed so that nothing, even evidence, can convince a […]

Irrational Thinking Part III: Embracing Life

Coming Out of the Shadows Here we’ll explore the beauty and freedom of creating our best lives and what it means to live boldly as ourselves. How can we come out of the shadows and open up our universe? Let’s dive in. When is the time you felt your best? This question often makes people […]

Irrational Thinking Part II: Self Worth

Learn 3 Simple Techniques for Self Awareness. Last week we talked about irrational thinking and our tendency to compare ourselves to others. Now we’ll get into irrational thinking as it relates to self worth and self esteem; how we gain self awareness and what we can do to improve that awareness. This is an important […]

Irrational Thinking Part I: Comparison

In every moment we have a choice. Not only in the decisions we make, but in the thoughts we follow. Let’s examine this by exploring common thoughts we all have and two options of where we can take them, or rather, where they can take us if we’re not being conscious of them. A common […]

Can exercise be a solution for mental health disorders?

 Can exercise be a solution for mental health disorders? Many people sweat at the the gym or in nature to build muscle, physical endurance and to acquire that slim, sexy body, but your workouts have benefits above the waist too. Evidence is escalating for the mental benefits from exercise and psychologists have begun using […]

Helping a Friend in Need

When Helping Isn’t Helping

There’s a great saying, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” Often helping someone might interfere with their own growth needed to get past a recurring problem or pattern throughout their life. How and when to help a friend with a problem: – Be present. Sometimes a friend simply needs the company of an […]

Workplace Bullies

Are you subject to bullying at your workplace? Statics report 1 in 3 employees have experienced some form of bullying at work. Workplace bullies most likely began exhibiting these behaviors in grade school through college and moved onto drastically negatively impacting the business world. Take a look at these typical personas to identify if you […]

Feel Better Now

But How? Follow these 3 steps to feeling better NOW You know the stories of those who have come out the other side of darkness. And while they can often inspire, they can also leave us feeling as if there’s no clear path for us to get from here to there. It may seem too […]

Are You Addicted to Technology?

Are you always reaching for your phone to check social media, email or a myriad of texts and updates, with most of them being increasingly insignificant? If you’re like so many of us, we’re always connected and studies are supporting the predictions, that it’s leading to brain overload and stress. A growth in social media […]

Men in Addiction

The use of addictive drugs of all types is a global problem, yet few understand why it affects men more than women. Some doctors and healthcare specialists view addiction as a disease, whereas others see it as a problem of behaviour. Before we look at the nature of addiction, let’s review some statistics relating to […]

The Power of Knowing You’re Beautiful: 4 Practices

I’d like to ask you a question. Do you think you’re beautiful? If you said no or avoided my question, you’re not alone. According to a global study, only 4 per cent of women think they’re beautiful. This study encompassed self-esteem, body confidence, and body image. Why is this so important? It’s important because feeling […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Your house appears too dirty, too cluttered, and too dusty. You obsess over the smallest of things, causing friends and loved ones to question your behaviors. Everything must be perfect for you to feel safe. Overwhelming thoughts like these can show up as insecurity or fear. Left untreated, OCD can dramatically limit your life by […]

Becoming Unstuck

What to do when you don’t know what to do. Many people feel stuck, which in turn, perpetuates the problem keeping them stuck. Usually caused by fear of the future, most people get into analysis paralysis and avoid making a decision, only to have perfection ruin any forward motion due to self judgment. Fear of […]

Postpartum Depression

Imagine this hypothetical situation. You’ve just started a new job in an important role. You quickly discovery that your work are long and demanding, knowing that sleep deprivation is inevitable and you fear you wont’ be productive. Soon you grow tired, and begin to have those feelings hopeless about ever meeting all your responsibilities. Your […]

The Joys of Journaling

Are you using one of the best, least expensive ways to gain personal clarity and emotional power? That’s right, I’m talking about the power of journaling. Setting aside time dedicated to write and meditate on life, can not only help you keep a record of your daily activities, goals but can also help you with […]

Eating Disorders

We know approximately four percent of adults and three percent of teenagers are affected by eating disorders, but most do not receive treatment. Why? Because the community doesn’t know what to look for. School personnel, friends, family and even health professionals often miss the signs. Even though eating disorders is a common problem and there is […]

The Art of Listening

Active Listening With all the content and media, the average attention span is now down to as little as eight seconds. That’s right, we tune out after eight seconds, which is less than a goldfish!! A Dying Art The need for a good listening ear is imperative as our society speeds up. Studies indicate that […]