Mental Health Practice Resources: Tips for Reducing “Ghosting” in Therapy

The National Psychologist published “’Ghosting’ May Create Ethics Issue” in the November, 2015, issue.  The article discussed the popular concept of “ghosting”, when someone stops rejects a partner by suddenly refusing to respond to messages, and the challenge of responding to patients/clients who suddenly stop coming to appointments and who do not respond to messages.  The article includes some pragmatic recommendations for how to manage this problem, including the recommendation that therapists include a “termination agreement” section of the initial therapy contract.  The article provides a helpful example and discusses the benefits of informing new patients/clients of the importance of

Expanding the practice of psychology: hypnosis as an alternative to anesthesia for brain surgery!

The Inverse online news service published “Brain Surgeons Are Turning to Hypnosis as an Alternative to Anesthesia” on 12-29-15. While the headline overstates the development – should be “one team of surgeons uses hypnosis for brain surgery,” the article does provide an interesting overview of the history of “hypnosedation” and unique benefits of using it for “awake surgery” on the brain; these surgeries are necessary because the neurosurgeon is working on tumors that are close to important brain centers, and the patient must be alert enough to help guide the surgeon.  Hypnosedation enables the patient to be more alert than

Mental Health Research Update: Yale Psychiatry and Psychedelics Group

From the ScienceBlog , a new resource that will be monitoring for you, an article about the revival of “psychedelic science” at Yale.  “New psychedelic science group forms at Yale” was published on 1-7-16, and reports a group that will “allow clinicians and scholars from across Yale to learn about and discuss the re-emerging field of psychedelic science and therapeutics.”  The group will discuss research on the use of psychedelic substances for treating illnesses such as addiction, depression, anxiety and PTSD. reports on these types of developments to help you stay informed, and does not endorse.

Integrating mental and physical wellness: update on activity trackers and wellness counseling

Two recent articles report of how activity trackers are evolving to make them more useful. And a third article, from JAMA, advises phyicians to routinely include assessing the activity level of their patients, and provided counseling about the benefits of healthy activity.

Mental health “wellbeing” and creativity, report

Mental health “wellbeing” and creativity, report

Mental health and wellness:  “Down the rabbit hole,” a report on presentation in London about creativity and mental health. This article was published by the British Psychological Society online on 1-21-16, and is a relatively brief summary of a presentation by two experts and was presented at the London College of Fashion as part of an ongoing series about what they call “wellbeing” research.