Sleep Hygiene: Creating Your Sleep Space

One of the components of sleep hygiene I discussed when I started this series is creating a relaxing sleep space where you can fully rest. Recently I talked about creating a routine around your sleep. Today, we will expand on creating a restful sleep space. When I was a graduate student, I lived in aContinue reading “Sleep Hygiene: Creating Your Sleep Space”

Frequently Asked Questions

Last week, I wrote about the reasons why a therapist might choose not to accept insurance (or might not be able to sustainably take insurance). As I was writing it, I began thinking of questions I get about the cost of therapy and the need for system-wide changes. I decided to address some of thoseContinue reading “Frequently Asked Questions”

Why Wouldn’t A Therapist Accept Insurance?

I wrote a while back about insurance and therapy, and apparently I intended to make the topic a series and then promptly forgot about it. Hey, it happens. I’ve got a lot on my mind. Anyway, a frequent hot button issue among therapists in the United States is the question of whether or not toContinue reading “Why Wouldn’t A Therapist Accept Insurance?”

Telehealth Activity: 8 Ball Pool

When I interned in a residential setting, a lot of kids bonded and had great therapeutic moments around a pool table. We could play teams with a group or have a casual one-on-one game while talking about a larger issue. A pool table is something that I never thought would be practical for my therapyContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: 8 Ball Pool”

Telehealth Activity: Virtual Roller Coaster

I continue to be amazed by the new doors that telehealth opens for me in my practice. Virtual backgrounds, Google Earth vacations, and Minecraft are just three things I never would have thought to use in my sessions before I went online. Necessity breeds innovation, as they say. I am sure you have heard aboutContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Virtual Roller Coaster”

Interview with Dr. Mike Brooks, Psychologist and Author

Dr. Mike Brooks is a psychologist and the co-author of Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World with Dr. Jon Lasser. He took time to speak with me about his practice and about screen time, the internet, and parenting. Tech Generation was published in 2018, though Dr. Brooks wrote about the impact ofContinue reading “Interview with Dr. Mike Brooks, Psychologist and Author”

Interview with Jenn Brandel, LICSW, Author

Jenn Brandel, LICSW, was kind enough to talk with me about her work as a social worker and writer. She has two books and provides some awesome, free assessments on her website. 1. To start off, can you tell me about your professional background?I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been practicing forContinue reading “Interview with Jenn Brandel, LICSW, Author”

Psychological Evaluation 101: Court Ordered Assessments

Lately I have gotten a number of referrals for a type of evaluation that I do not offer, so I thought I would talk a bit about what makes these types of evaluations unique to help readers identify the right provider. Today I will share with you what it means to receive an assessment thatContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: Court Ordered Assessments”

Professional Wills: Webinar for Therapists

You asked, and I delivered! Recently, I updated my professional will. Like with many things in my life, I celebrated the occasion by tweeting about it. This generated a lively discussion of professional wills, what they are, and why we as therapists need them. I vaguely recall professional wills being mentioned during my graduate training,Continue reading “Professional Wills: Webinar for Therapists”

Insurance and Mental Health

This post will probably end up being Part 1 in a series, since it is definitely information that people need to know. As my followers are aware, I’ve been writing about various mental health topics to help people who aren’t professionals understand psychology, therapy, evaluations, and other topics related to mental health. I would likeContinue reading “Insurance and Mental Health”