As you can see from my web site, I have a number of areas of professional interest ranging from understanding and treating adjustment difficulties associated with childbirth, to developing innovative ways to decrease suicide risk, to translating research from the fields of social psychology and communication studies in order to help couples maintain and enhance their relationships.
This means that I read a lot! I’m continually working on projects in one or more of these areas, which requires me to keep up to date on the research literature, relevant treatment approaches, and attention given to these topics in the media.
When I read about these and other professional topics, I often have ideas about ways to translate what is being said to my clients, or ways that I can inform other clinicians about what is being said so that it can, in turn, inform their work with their own clients. There have been countless times in which I have described to clients results from what, on the surface, seems to be a dry research study, as a way to design a creative cognitive behavioral intervention that addresses a specific problem with which they are struggling. Oftentimes, these creative interventions are among the most meaningful strategies or pearls of wisdom that clients take away from our time together.
I view this blog as a way for me to share the knowledge that I am acquiring that pertain to my specialty areas as well as other topics in psychology and psychotherapy. I hope to communicate ways this information, particularly information that is hidden in academic journals and books, is relevant to the daily lives of clients who struggle with emotional, behavioral, and/or adjustment problems. I also hope to share my perception of the manner in which other clinicians might find this information helpful in their own practice.
This blog is not a substitute for mental health treatment. Nor is it a substitute for systematic training in evidence-based treatments. What it is meant to do is to stimulate critical thinking in consumers and mental health professionals alike, so that those who practice or participate in psychotherapy can approach it with knowledge of relevant scientific evidence and a bit of creativity.