Questions tagged [therapy]

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Could a psychiatrist have their license revoked for using a new type therapy procedure on patients?

I'm a writer and, in this story I'm currently writing, a psychiatrist researches a new therapy method before finally testing it on his patients. My plan, however, was to eventually have his license ...
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy's Biosocial Theory - Social Environment Validates Patients' Maladaptive Behavior - As Defined By Who/What?

In Wikipedia's article about DBT, in the overview section it says: In DBT's biosocial theory of BPD, clients have a biological predisposition for emotional dysregulation, and their social ...
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Does spaced “rationalization” repetition overcome trauma?

I have been asking myself what the whole point of psychotherapy is In my understanding it is pretty much a way to understand the past and the present through a mixture of mindfulness + assessing ...
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Has anyone trialled this approach to treating apathy / avolition in schizophrenia ['sharing meaning']

It's well known that the so called "negative symptoms" of schizophrenia are very, very hard to treat. Has anyone studied an approach where the patient / participant -- after a successfully completed ...
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Has a psychology of addiction been developed as a theory?

I am interested in the Alcoholic's Anonymous approach to treating addiction to alcohol and I am wondering if the significant advances in both psychology and the biological study of physiology have ...
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How is the effectiveness of EMDR measured?

What are the outcome variables that researchers measure? Is it just a PTSD Checklist form filled out after every session?
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Why does Daniel Kahneman describe these group of therapy-seeking individuals as psychopaths?

From the book, Thinking Fast and Slow (Kahneman, 2011): You will from time to time meet a patient who shares a disturbing tale of multiple mistakes in his previous treatment. He has been seen by ...
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Can talking therapy help with severe delusions?

A delusion is a firm and fixed belief based on inadequate grounds not amenable to rational argument or evidence to contrary, not in sync with regional, cultural and educational background. I ...
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Understanding Carl Rogers' Concepts. What are inconsistent experiences? what is self-structure?

Long story short, I am a psychology student interesting in counselling. I've been reading all the major psychotherapy theories and Carl Roger's person centered approach intrigues me. I am one of those ...
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Effects of psychologist's language in therapies of personal disorders

Is there a dominant opinion about the positve or negative effects of explicitly naming the diagnosed disease and the observed symptoms (in the language of the psychologist) in the therapy of ...
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Is there a name or term for the concept of wanting someone to want something?

I listened to a talk given by a relationship therapist and she had mentioned the concept of wanting others to want something. I’ve tried to arrange a google search to find more info on that specific ...
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How does Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) work?

There is mounting evidence that EFT, a form of therapy which combines cognitive, exposure therapy along with acupuncture point stimulation is effective - EFT for PTSD question What are the biological ...
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Evidence for EFT (Emotional Freedom technique) for PTSD

What is the evidence for Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT for PTSD? Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT is a form of therapy for PTSD. EFT combines the cognitive components from CBT and exposure ...
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Evidence for this tapping therapy - EFT (Emotional freedom technique)

I just heard or maybe I saw a clip on tv about this tapping technique. Something about tapping various points of the body for psychological treatment. What is this EFT all about? Is there any solid ...
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Why are we generating wrong ideas in the first place?

In CBT they tell you to challenge automatic thoughts. So say someone doesn't say hello to you, then you think he doesn't like me. CBT says to challenge this and maybe you realize that he didn't see ...
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Is there any guideline on how a layman giving support for another layman on their psychological problems?

I am being contacted by a stranger for having some understandings about a psychological disorder (in this case, BPD). I will help them what I know, in my ability, but I want to avoid the assumption ...
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Are there scientifically grounded alternatives to analytical psychotherapy? [duplicate]

I'm a physicist and am interested in exploring taking therapies to help me overcome anxieties and other issues that I have that seem to me to be psychologically founded. Anecdotally, a few people ...
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Can a friend become a therapist?

According to the article Can Clients and Therapists Be Friends?, a therapist shouldn't be a friend because dual relationship will interfere the efficiency of the therapy, and the imbalance power ...
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Does CBT indirectly resolve core issues?

(I don't expect that it would do so as successfully as interventions that aim to do so directly, but:) From the outside, it seems CBT ignores the root causes of the issue, some may say building on ...
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How to compare effectiveness of psychological treatment for psychological illness, versus medical treatment for medical illness?

I'm a college student. I read somewhere that people often assume that mental health issues do not get better, and that a person ends up seeing a psychiatrist forever. So I was wondering if there was a ...
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What is the current gold standard in double locked storage of therapeutic records?

I am asking this question in the context of a U.S. (Massachusetts) psychologist performing IPA studies. The interviews will be conducted through Zoom mostly. The recorded interviews will be stored the ...
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Is eye movement important with eyes-closed EMDR therapy?

Original EMDR therapy involved a subject with open eyes tracking a target that moves side to side. It is now common for EMDR to use devices like electronic "tappers" to alternately stimulate the left ...
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Is “havening” pseudo-scientific or effective?

A fairly recent answer here offering havening as a therapy has only upvotes. But a quick internet search found a rather brief and contested Wikipedia page alleging havening is pseudo-scientific. So ...
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What are the main differences between gestalt therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy?

Can someone explain the main differences in an easy to understand way between gestalt therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy? Which is better suitable in which situations? I read some articles ...
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy intensive in home clinical and therapeutic services model [closed]

I am looking for any information that shows the number of hours of CBT per week a child with autism, anxiety, and ADHD should be receiving. Mostly looking for a range. Prefer in NJ but will review ...
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Is CBT-based anger management effective?

I have no doubt that some (aggressive) medication will definitely work in cutting people's anger-outburst potential. But is the usual CBT-based anger management class effective? There's a 2013 BBC ...
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Is low self-esteem, a brain chemical imbalance problem, rather than a personality defect, and can't be fixed by any amount of counselling/self-help?

I am asking this question because I recently observed something within myself:- I think I used to be a Borderliner plus Bipolar. I was very sensitive, and slightest of events will either induce mania ...
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Does EMDR legitimately treat any condition?

Are there any studies not funded by friends or beneficiaries of EMDR that prove it helps with a strong p-value?
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Why is almost all therapy done as one-hour sessions weekly?

It seems far too spread out to me. Why do we pause mid-conversation and wait seven days? When my car needed repair after an accident, the bodyshop spent 25 man-hours on repair. They did that over ...
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What criteria decides whether a technique is CBT?

Wikipedia describes Cognitive behavioral therapy by saying CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in ...
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Is hypnosis-enhanced therapy more efficacious than its non-hypnotic counterpart?

There is a farily upvoted question hene (and so are answers to it) on whether "Does hypnotherapy/hypnosis, in any form, for any type of disorder, work?". To me, that's a pretty weak and confusing ...
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Negative thoughts as cause or consequence of depression

Simplypsychology.org page on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy mentions that Lewinsohn (1981) studied a group of participants before any of them became depressed, and found that those who later became ...
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Do the feelings related to Transference always originate from parents?

As I understand, Transference is a phenomenon which is related to human behavior where humans unconsciously redirect/transfer their feelings about a subject in the past to apply it to a subject in ...
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What happened to self-administered aversion therapy (with a rubber band in particular)?

In the 1970s a great new use for the rubber band was discovered: self-administered aversion therapy. It didn't go so well in some cases, like for "obsessoinal thinking", the outcome being the opposite ...
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Is it dangerous to take an antipsychotic drug irregularly?

I've read the case of Witty Ticcy Ray: a 24 years old man with disabling Tourette’s syndrome. The first Dr. Sacks's treatment, with Haldol, provokes a strong change in Ray's behavior: from tics and ...
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Guidelines for self-help group for people who go through divorce/breakup

I'm working on organising a self-help group for people who go through a divorce or a difficult break-up, and I'm wondering if there's a list of dos and don'ts with regards to things one should avoid ...
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Effectiveness of aversion therapy for procrastination

Pavlok is a product which is essentially a shock bracelet for Aversion Therapy. It markets itself as an intervention for a range of habits, including procrastination and nail-biting. Is there any ...
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How does formality in a therapy relationship effect treatment outcomes?

Languages like German and French have two different you. German has "du and sie" while French has "tu and vous". It's common in therapy contexts to use the more formal version "sie"/"vous". Is there ...
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Applications of project management techniques to managing recovery while in residential addiction treatment programs [closed]

As some background, the Scrum process is a project management process used primarily in software engineering (it's what's sometimes called a type of Agile methodology). Its focus is on developing ...
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What qualitative studies are there into mindfulness? [closed]

What qualitative studies, e.g. open ended interviews, are there into mindfulness therapy? I've been skeptical about its use, wondered if it was kinda faddy. But it occurs to me that a lot of despair ...
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Effects of treatment versus psychotherapy on mental health of transgender people

Has any reliable study been done to compare mental health (e.g. depression or suicide rate) of transgender people before and after procedures (hormone or surgery) intended to change their bodies to ...
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What techniques have been shown to improve a self-defeatist attitude?

I suppose this is a bit relative to each and every person, but in general those who are defeatists tend to view the potential outcomes of new actions negatively. Have any therapy techniques been shown ...
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How to deal with a friend who cuts [closed]

I am asking here since I have no idea where else I could of asked. I have a friend who is having difficulties with depression. I don't how long this has been ongoing, but he is often down. I presume ...
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Does the brain have a 'debugging mode'?

In computer programming we have a debugger that we can use to execute a program step by step. In that mode, the program can be suspended and we can analyze the state of the hardware, modify the state ...