How to Be a More Effective Mental Health Advocate

When I first began my career as a psychologist, I certainly didn’t think of myself as an advocate and didn’t participate in advocacy efforts to improve mental health services. But as I began to work in public mental health settings, I became more acutely aware of the important work of mental health advocates and I … Read more…

How to Choose EFFECTIVE Self-Help Resources

It seems that just about everyone has read a self-help book, attended a support group or surfed online for health information at one time or another. Thousands of new self-help books are published each year. About 1 in 5 adults will attend a support group in their lifetime and 80% of Internet users have sought … Read more…

Help Wanted: Good Citizens to Support People with Mental Illness

In school, we all learned several ways to be a “good citizen”: vote, participate in community service, be a good neighbor, follow the rules, and treat others with respect. All of these are important responsibilities which contribute to a better society. But did you ever stop to think about how you can be a good citizen … Read more…

How to Find a Good Psychotherapist

I’m often asked by friends or acquaintances who are seeking psychotherapy for themselves or a family member if I can suggest a good therapist in our local community. I’m always happy to assist, because I know how important it is to have a good therapist and how it’s often difficult to know how to find … Read more…

10 Keys to Recovery from Mental Illness & Addiction

Having worked for many years with people in various stages of recovery, I’ve seen clearly that there is no one-size-fits-all formula for success. Each person will find some ideas that work well for them while other approaches  just don’t. If you ask anyone in recovery from mental illness or addiction, “What was the key to … Read more…

Let Your Light Shine to Help Others

I’m a clinical psychologist. I first provided therapy to help others way back during the Reagan administration and I’ve worked in a busy public psychiatric hospital for over twenty years. I also teach grad students at a large state university how to become excellent therapists. I won’t say I’ve seen or heard it all, but … Read more…

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