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Alternative Approaches to Mental Health Care
An alternative approach to mental health care one that emphasizes the interrelationship between mind, body, and spirit—can play an important role in recovery and healing. Although some people with mental health problems recover using alternative methods alone, most people combine them with other, more traditional treatments—such as therapy and, perhaps, medication. It is crucial, however, to consult with your health care providers about the approaches you are using to achieve mental wellness. Although some alternative approaches have a long history, many remain controversial. The Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health was created in 1992 to help evaluate alternative methods of treatment and to integrate those that are effective into mainstream health care practice. more >>

Choosing A Mental Health Therapist
At some point in our lives, we all run into problems that seem too big or too persistent to handle alone. Yet our pride and fears can get in the way of asking for help. But making the decision to find help is a sign of strength and courage. And help is available. In fact, it can make the difference between feeling that things are spinning out of control and gaining new tools to turn life around in positive ways. more >>

How To Choose A Therapist
Sometimes events that people experience or witness cause emotional pain and injury. Because of this event some people may feel overwhelmed and may need help dealing with the emotions, behaviors, and problems that result. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 30 million Americans need help dealing with events and their aftermath which seem beyond their control, such as crime, accident, disaster, traumatic grief, violence, and situations where they have felt helplessness, hopelessness, and horror. Grief, depression, stress, traumatic stress, or substance abuse may result. Many of the disorders and mental injuries that are described in the preceding page on trauma effect the stresses of daily living and can, at times, be significantly debilitating. more >>

How to Pay For Mental Health Services
The high price of health care can make treatment out of reach for many people. Those who do not have health insurance—more than 38 million Americans—often avoid treatment entirely because costs can be staggering. The cost of mental health services is a financial challenge for just about everyone. This fact sheet discusses ways to pay for care and suggests resources for people who need more information. For people experiencing mental health problems—such as anxiety or depression—brief yet effective treatment options exist. For people with severe mental illness, treatment is also effective, although it may take longer and cost more. In either case, treatment works for most people and helps many recover and get on with their lives. more >>

Tips & Advice For Seeking a Professional’s Help
There is lots of advice people can give you about a lot of things in life. Choosing a therapist is one such thing, and like with most advice, you have to take what you can use and discard the rest. There is no magic formula for finding a good therapist, one you trust and feel comfortable with. I’m also going to be realistic in this essay. Realistic in the sense that not everyone has a choice between the very best and the second best. Often our choices boil down to the lesser of two evils, or a choice between multiple candidates who don’t stand out from each other. Our choices are further hampered by the system in which we’re making that choice, whether it be managed care, an insurance company, or a public sector environment. more >>

Views on Therapy
Author shares her views on therapy and healing. more >>

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Off Site Articles

  • About Psychotherapy
    author: Bennett Pologe, Ph.D.

  • An Introduction to Psychotherapy Integration
    author: George Stricker, Ph.D.

  • Combining Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
    author: Fredric N. Busch, M.D., and Barnet D. Malin, M.D.

  • Practical Questions Beginning Psychotherapy
    author: William N. Goldstein, M.D.

  • The Supportive Component of Psychotherapy
    author: Henry Pinsker, M.D.

  • Use of Fiction in Therapy
    author: A. James Giannini, M.D.

  • There Are Only Three Kinds of Psychotherapy
    author: Paul Genova, M.D.

  • Creative Media in Psychotherapy
    author: Ian Alger, M.D.

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Types of Therapy and Treatment

The more the psychological/medical communities learn about trauma, PTSD and dissociation the more treatment options being tested and made available. Below I’ve tried to include some of the options I have heard about. I myself prefer the traditional approach, but everyone is different, and what may help one person may not help another. There are sites that actually critique and warn of therapies that have no scientific basis, like one called Crazy Therapies. With that being said, if you find a new treatment approach that is not listed below, please feel free to email me the information. Thank you.

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Books for Survivors

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How to Go to Therapy: Making the Most of Professional Help

How to Go to Therapy: Making the Most of Professional Help

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How to Go to Therapy: Making the Most of Professional Help
by Carl Sherman

Book Description:
How do you choose between hundreds of available therapies — offered by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors — to help you conquer painful feelings, dysfunctional relationships, or out-of-control behavior? Veteran medical journalist Carl Sherman deconstructs the tower of psychobabble, giving you the tools you need to:
  • Find the right therapist
  • Know what to expect in treatment sessions
  • Make informed decisions about medication
  • Pay for your treatment
  • Bring your therapy to a satisfying close

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The Patient Who Cured His Therapist: And Other Stories of Unconventional Therapy

The Patient Who Cured His Therapist: And Other Stories of Unconventional Therapy

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The Patient Who Cured His Therapist: And Other Stories of Unconventional Therapy
by Stanley Siegel

Book Description:
Perfectly sane people sometimes adopt odd strategies to cope with life’s vicissitudes, but traditional therapy often misidentifies these strategies as pathologies that need to be cured. Therapist Stanley Siegel sees things differently, and he takes us behind the office door as he challenges conventional therapeutic thinking with his unorthodox approach: Instead of pigeonholing his clients’ problems by pathology and trying to “fix” them, he encourages them to appreciate their own adaptive ingenuity. In the process, something remarkable almost always happens-as in the case of the couple who solved their conflict only after literally building a wall within their home, or in the title story, in which Siegel instigates a reversal of roles for a stubbornly uncommunicative client who then unexpectedly solves his therapist’s problem.


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