This article was originally published in the July/August Vol. 22 No. 4 issue of The National Psychologist. Many people search for love on online dating sites, and why should psychologists be any different? We also want to meet people for activities, dating, and romance. Sometimes, looking for love online is good way to get outside … Continued
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Articles For Clients is a compilation of my posts for consumers of psychotherapy services.
Articles For Clinicians Using Social Media is a compilation of my posts for mental health professions on the Internet.
More and more, when I teach to groups on Social Media ethics, people are asking me about LinkedIn endorsements. Should they use them? Should they feel bad if they don’t endorse someone back? Is it okay if they have been endorsed for skills they don’t have? If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, it’s … Continued
This piece was originally published, in slightly different form, at Psyched in San Francisco Last January, there was an opinion piece in the New York Times, written by Richard Friedman on whether therapists should play Cupid for our clients, basically performing as a matchmaker and setting them up on dates. The article focused primarily on … Continued
This is a guest post by Ryan Witherspoon, MA. Ryan is a psychology graduate student, completing his MA at Pepperdine University and preparing to enter a doctoral program this Fall. He is training to become a clinical psychologist and will eventually work in private practice, teach and conduct research. He intends to specialize in working with sexual … Continued
The most common consultation question I’m asked is “What can I do about the negative Yelp review I just received?” Until now, there hasn’t been much that we can do other than do good work, listen to our clients’ feedback, and hope that we don’t upset someone enough for them to want to publicly complain … Continued
Originally published at Psyched in San Francisco The popularity of the 50 Shades of Grey books has been staggering. They have become the 9 1/2 Weeks of a new generation; glorifying the excitement of power, bondage, and…well, mind games. In fact, those who know what consensual BDSM participants actually do together have criticized the trilogy … Continued
The following is a guest post by Douglas C. Haldeman, Ph.D. who has been a Counseling Psychologist in Independent Practice in Seattle for 29 years. His long publication record includes over forty articles and book chapters on issues of Diversity, Ethics, Family systems, Practice Guidelines for marginalized groups, and competent treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families. … Continued
I had a very busy time at the annual American Psychological Association Convention this year in Orlando. I did four very different presentations in the four days I attended, which was a stretch! I also got to network with some incredibly interesting and accomplished psychologists who regularly support, encourage, and inspire me. I usually only get … Continued
Today, on Twitter, I got pulled into an exchange about whether or not client reviews on websites can be assumed to be waiving their confidentiality rights. Thank you to @dr_wayne and @TherapyOnline, my two co-discussants in online ethical dilemmas. The conversation started in response to this posting describing how clinicians are more free to respond … Continued
Recently, on the Division 42 listserv, which I moderate, there was a thread about Living Social and Groupon. I referenced my former post on this issue and posed the question as to whether others believed this constituted “fee-splitting” as prohibited by our ethics code. My colleague Adam Alban, Ph.D., J.D. responded, and I thought his ideas about … Continued