15 Rules For Going Off Your Psychiatric Meds

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

Pills.There is no doubt about it: psychiatric medications help many people.

But…

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What To Do When Someone Asks You For A Recommendation & You Have To Say No

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

732128_72168845Leigh came to me and said she was asked to give a recommendation for a fellow therapist.

It was a recommendation that she couldn’t, in good conscience, give.

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Why Knowing Yourself Helps All Your Relationships

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

Phrenology1Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis 

One goal common to many types of psychotherapy as well as psychoanalysis is to learn about yourself, who you are (your inner self and outer self) at present and how you got there.

Yet knowing yourself may be one of the hardest tasks you’ll ever attempt.

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Ghost Boy: Surviving A 12 Year Long Coma

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • Less than a min read

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The Therapist That Didn’t Show Up For His Sessions

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

1431598_76841211Recently we advised a young woman in her twenties to seek another therapist. We didn’t make the suggestion on a whim, this was after consulting with her three times in six months.

Here’s why.

Last summer, a friend of a friend (we’ll call her Ann), called to ask us for advice regarding her therapist. She and her husband had been seeing him individually, and together in couple’s counseling, spending nearly $2000 a month out of pocket. They had been seeing him for just under a year and felt they had seen little to no improvement. Because finances were very tight, they had been cutting back on everything, even basics, like groceries, to pay his fee.

After asking her about what went on in therapy this is what we learned:

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Should Your Therapist Poke His/Her Nose Into Your Personal Business?

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

the-vladimir-s-road-1892-1Good therapists are the ones who have the specialized knowledge to actually give you the key to your own transformation. They also have the sensitivity, training, and ability to work within the parameters of your belief system; not aggressively challenging, nor blindly accepting your conditional outlook, but gently helping you deepen your understanding of your life and your life’s purpose. They help you resolve to improve.

From Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money

Should your therapist “butt in” to your personal life?

Anyone who has ever been in therapy finds this question at once both ludicrous and apt.

How personal should therapy actually be?

There is no easy answer that holds true for everyone. If you are in therapy to work on a certain issue, such as anger, for example, you might be content to gain more awareness of your anger as it occurs in the present, and learn thought-based and behavioral changes to manage it.

Or you might yearn to find the deeper roots of your anger, how it might be related to your deepest fears, and spend a year or more analyzing every nuance of your anger-fear feelings.

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10 Mental Health Facebook Pages To Like In 2015

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • Less than a min read

1299806_22026527Number One

PsychCentral’s Facebook Page

Therapy and Outlook

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Community

Positive Thoughts

DBT Community

Specific Mental Health Issues

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Stress, Depression, & The Bacteria In Your Gut

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • Less than a min read

We’ve blogged about the Brain-Gut and it’s relation to the Austism spectrum disorders; now the “microbiome”, a term coined by an American molecular biologist, which means “the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space” is the trending way to describe the relational system that may have an impact on virtually every facet of our mental and physical being.

In this fascinating video, Professor John F. Cryan’s of University College Cork (Ireland), whose current research interests include the neurobiological basis of stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety and drug dependence as well as a focus on understanding the interaction between brain, gut & microbiome and how it applies to stress and immune-related disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome and obesity and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, has been asking a provocative question lately: Does our microbiome (the varied microflora in our gut) govern our behavior and sensitivity to stress?

His answer may surprise you.



Therapy For Jewish Children With Special Needs

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 4 min read

1175962_83057603One of the most important, yet often overlooked aspects of getting therapy is knowing when and how to advocate for yourself or your loved one, a topic we’ve blogged about many times at Therapy Soup.

Now, just in time for Hanukkah, we interviewed Zlaty Kahan, the founder of JewishConnectEd.com, a Jewish advocacy and education site that helps parents with special- needs children get the therapy their child needs.

What are the issues that affect the religious Jewish population with special needs in contrast to issues that affect other populations?

The process of getting services for a child with special needs is pretty much seamless and straightforward—if your child attends public school. If the parent or teacher think it’s necessary, the evaluation takes place in school. Then, the child receives the recommended services. From evaluation to individualized services, everything is done in the school.

However, many Jewish children (especially but not only those from orthodox communities)  attend private religious schools. These parents and kids come from across the entire socio-economic spectrum, and many parents work very hard to give their children education that reflects their beliefs and values. For these families, tax payer funded programs that are available in public schools, including special needs services, are simply non-existent or inadequate. 

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How To Divorce A Narcissist (Dr. Karyl McBride)

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 3 min read

will-i-ever-be-free-of-you-9781476755694_lgC.R. writes:

In Will I Ever Be Free Of You, Karyl McBride, PhD, author of the national bestseller Will I Ever Be Good Enough, has created the compact but thorough guide to successfully handling and surviving a divorce—if you’re married to a narcissist.

Those whose lives have been helped with Karyl McBride’s previous book will not be surprised that her latest is packed with useful advice.

One of my favorite things about her first book was her proactive, goal-oriented approach, and Will I Ever Be Free Of You does not disappoint.

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