This post has been authored by Dr. P. Forrest Talley as part of our guest post series and is Part II in a series to help therapists get the most out of their marketing and SEO strategy. Learn more about Dr. Talley at the bottom of this post. After reading part I of this series, […]Read More
When Can Client Confidentiality be Broken?
As a therapist, your relationship with your clients has therapeutic, economic, and legal dimensions. These relationships are governed by laws which require confidentiality on your part as a therapist.
Confidentiality is a legal construct which prevents the disclosure of the events of therapy. Therapist confidentiality gives the client the assurance they can share whatever they want with you.
Nonetheless, there are a number of critical limits of confidentiality in counseling. In some cases, due to forces outside your and your client’s control, your client can’t expect you to keep their disclosures private. Certain exceptions to confidentiality in counseling are at your discretion. In other cases, you are obligated to breach confidentiality in the name of public safety or your client’s health.Read More
An Overview of Health Psychology
This post has been authored by Robyn Pashby, Ph.D., Kelly Donahue, Ph.D., NTC, and Kris Morris, Ph.D. as part of our guest post series. Learn more about our three authors at the bottom of this post.
What is Health Psychology?
The American Psychological Association writes that “health psychologists study how patients handle illness, why some people don’t follow medical advice and the most effective ways to control pain or change poor health habits.” Health psychology is a unique branch of psychology that focuses on the study and application of psychosocial, psychobiological, and behavioral factors in the etiology, prevention, and treatment of illness, as well as the pursuit and maintenance of wellness. While in training, we typically study traditional psychopathology and developmental psychology as well as appetitive behaviors, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, psychophysiology, neuropsychology, epidemiology and more.Read More
How to Prepare for Your First Telehealth Appointment
Preparing for your first Telehealth session doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about getting started with online therapy in one simple infographic. Our infographic provides useful information for both providers and clients as they prepare for their first online session.Read More
This post has been authored by Pamela Hagues, LPC, CSOTP, CC as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Pamela at the bottom of this post.
Therapeutic Interventions for Social Anxiety
Coming from an inpatient residential and community-based background for 15 years, as a clinician, I was used to providing mental health treatment for various populations with more complex issues than what the average individual copes with in society today. These clients typically received dual diagnoses such as depression and substance abuse, were trauma and abuse victims and several had even committed sexual offenses. So, after several years of working in these settings, I became experienced and knowledgeable and was ready to take that leap of faith into my own practice. I was prepared to serve clients in the ‘regular community’ after years of working in a more intense environment.Read More
This post has been authored by Stephanie Wijkstrom MS, LPC, NBCC as part of our guest post series. Learn more about Stephanie at the bottom of this post.
Therapy Techniques for Effective Couples Counseling
One of the greatest challenges many therapists cite as a hurdle in working with couples is the thought that marriage counseling has to ‘blow up.’ We all know couples therapy is one of the more challenging types of therapy to provide. Marriage counselors are trained to enter the lion’s den of heated emotion. The conversations being had in the therapy office are between two, often hostile or detached people.
What the more seasoned therapists among us know is that the emotion of anger must be integrated into the therapy room. Anger is an effective tool that can be used to help the couple learn how to manage their conflict, emotions, and to further enhance their relationship.Read More
Therapy Activities for Teen Clients
Keeping teenagers engaged in therapy can be a difficult task–getting them to open up can sometimes even be near impossible. Thankfully, you’re not the first therapist who has had to deal with a disengaged teen and there are plenty of resources out there to help you get your young client to talk.
We’re going to dive into a few therapeutic activities that you can use in your therapy sessions with teens to encourage them to open up. These activities center around a few different mediums ranging from art and writing to movement and meditation.
These activities can be done during a session or assigned to be completed between sessions. They are designed to help encourage teenage clients to open up about themselves in ways that may feel less intrusive to them than a direct conversation in therapy.Read More
Tips to Increase Client Referrals for Your Private Practice
A lot goes into building a business and because your private practice is a business before anything else, it is no different. In fact, we think it might require even a tad bit more effort to build a successful private practice than it would your run of the mill retailer.
Building a successful private practice means creating a trusting and lasting connection with your clients. You’re not selling a product they can buy anywhere, you’re selling a service that is personalized to their needs. Because of this niche category that therapy services fall into, building a strategy for growth is not as clear cut as it is in other industries.
However, this does not mean it’s not possible. In this post, we’re going to be outlining initiatives you can take to increase your client referrals and build a solid client referral strategy to build your private therapy practice.Read More