This is a blog post on the theme of enhancing relationships, to celebrate the launch of Keely Kolmes’s upcoming monthly Relationship Skills Workshop. The first workshop will meet on Saturday, April 11th. The second one, just for singles, is May 16th. You can sign up here for newsletter updates. Those who receive the newsletter will get bonus […]
The internet has been ablaze the past few days with commentary on Facebook’s non-consensual “mood manipulation” research. You can read the paper based upon the study here. It has been critiqued by many, including Violet Blue, who writes in Facebook: Unethical, Untrustworthy, and now Downright Harmful, about the choice to tamper with 689,003 people’s emotional well-being, but […]
By Keely Kolmes, Psy.D. and Kristina Monroe, Psy.D. Dr. Monroe is a licensed psychologist who has private practice offices in Beverly Hills and South Pasadena, CA. She maintains a general psychotherapy practice but also specializes in serious mental illness as well as psychological assessment. We know one another from APA Division 42’s listserv, and we […]
The following is a guest post by Roy Huggins, MS NCC. Roy Huggins, MS NCC is a counselor in private practice and former professional Web developer who also operates Person-Centered Tech, his tech-consulting firm that serves the mental health community. You can find him online at www.personcenteredtech.com. With the growing popularity of telemental health (sometimes […]
Not only do I treat phobias when people come to my psychotherapy office, but I’ll confess to having struggled with public speaking anxiety myself. It’s actually one of the most common phobias. Last April, I decided to challenge myself: teach about phobias in an Ignite talk. I’ve gotten pretty comfortable giving talks, but the Ignite […]
This post was first published on PsychCentral. Mental health professionals have worried for years about their clients digging for personal information about them on the Internet. But what about when psychotherapists consult Google to unearth personal information about their clients? Do psychotherapists carry the same concerns for client privacy that they do for their own? […]
Online Dating…. for Psychotherapists? What Should Mental Health Professionals Consider When Using Personal Ads?
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 […]
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 […]
In Bed with our Clients: Should Psychotherapists Play Matchmaker or is this Plain Old Erotic Countertransference?
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 […]
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 […]