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Archives for June, 2010


Neuroscience + Psychotherapy: Dr. Eric Chamberlin

We continue talking with Dr. Eric Chamberlin about Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback and it's usefullness in psychotherapy.

What have you noticed from working with your patients?

A suburban mom comes in distraught after not sleeping the night before.  Very anxious, she has been ruminating unproductively about not being able to get her boys to camp this summer for trivial reasons.  The therapist’s attempts to encourage her to think about the situation differently are...
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Can Heart Rate Biofeedback Improve Therapy's Effectiveness?

Dr. Eric Chamberlin discusses his work in Mind-Body medicine, and how a relatively new technology brings something new to psychotherapy.

Welcome, Dr. Chamberlin. Can you tell us about the genesis of your work with Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback and psychotherapy?

I really enjoy seeing people get better, and am always looking for tools that will increase efficiency and enhance outcome.  In 2006, HRV Biofeedback devices became available on the consumer level. Having practiced Mind-Body Medicine since...
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God in Therapy: Songwriter and Psychotherapist Julie Hanks Shatters Stereotypes

Today we interview Julie Hanks a psychotherapist with perhaps an unfamiliar twist to many of our readers. She is a talented singer-songwriter (Gladys Knight recorded one of her songs), a television and a practicing Mormon. Though many of her clients are Mormons and seek her out for that very reason, many are not. Julie has a unique ability to relate to people that is at once warm and loving, and...
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What, Me Worry? Participate in Solutions.

If you read the first part of our interview with psychotherapist Karol Ward, you know that some therapists are seeing growing numbers of people struggling with anxiety about how  America's (and world’s), problems are affecting them.

Floods. Hurricanes. Tsunamis. Earthquakes. Volcanoes (both pronounceable and unpronounceable). Drought. Violence. Crime. Terrorism. Suicide Bombers. War. Child  Soldiers. Oil Spills. Global Warming. Global Cooling. Disease. Epidemics. Autism. Learning Disabilities. Physical Disabilities. Poverty. Hunger.  Economic Downturn. Unemployment. Job Instability. Debt. Bills. Abuse. Infidelity. Arguments. Divorce. Bullying. (And the Loneliness....
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Worried Sick About The Oil Spill, the Economy, and Unemployment? Could Therapy Offer Hope?

Some people appear to be experiencing what can only be described as an epidemic of hopelessness in the past several months. On an anecdotal level, only, this general hopelessness seems to be manifesting in some individuals as increased anxiety and to a certain extent, depression.

Rather than sharing just our own views on what appears to be a growing phenomenon Therapy Soup is speaking about the situation with Karol Ward, , author of the new book,...
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health SA: Tax Dollars That Work

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) is a government agency that has had some major successes over the years. It has ten overarching initiatives, the most primary being the prevention of substance abuse and mental illness. How's it doing? Well, in terms of research and information and resources--terrific! It has also influenced government policies, including health reform (for which the long and even short-term results are not yet known).

I am briefly blogging about SAMHSA because I want to share this important resource with...
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