Big Business, Big Pharma, Big Mental Health? The proliferation of Multitherapist Multiclient Web-based Platforms

Big Business, Big Pharma, Big Mental Health? The proliferation of Multitherapist Multiclient Web-based Platforms

Part I. This blog is a two-part series where I walk the reader through the process of signing up for and receiving services through the mental health platform, BetterHelp.com. I will give you some background about why I did this, as well elaborate about some of the pros and cons that I noticed during my experience. Other legal and ethical issues will be explored in Part II.

Intensive Short Team Dynamic Psychotherapy

Intensive Short Team Dynamic Psychotherapy

By Tina Bjarnskov Cand. Psyk. Aut. ISTDP is short for Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. Like all psychodynamic approaches it emphasizes unconscious psychological processes (for example, feelings and fears of which we’re not fully aware) and contends that childhood experiences are crucial in shaping adult personality and behavior.  The experiences we had with our primary caregivers are of special importance in this model. How did we learn to behave and how did we learn to deal with our needs and…

A couple of words about narcissism

A couple of words about narcissism

by Veronika Leonova, MA Narcissism, narcissist, – we hear these terms everywhere, and amount of posts about narcissism on different social media platforms is constantly growing. In these posts narcissists are usually described as manipulative, cold and abusive, and the focus is placed on how to identify and avoid them or if that mission has failed – how to recover from a relationship with them. This social media trend makes one think that we are surrounded by “them”: lurking unrecognised…

Jungian Psychotherapy – a few words
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Jungian Psychotherapy – a few words

by Veronika Leonova, M.A. What is Jungian Psychotherapy? Jungian psychotherapy is based on the works of a Swiss psychiatrist, C. G. Jung. It is a form of depth psychotherapy that is distinguished by a focus on the symbolic experiences in one’s life. The issues and problems a client comes with are examined both in terms of their own life story and from the archetypal perspective. Archetypes – one of the particular insight of C.G. Jung – are overarching themes, motives…

An epidemic of Burnout recognized by the World Health Organization

An epidemic of Burnout recognized by the World Health Organization

The following post was inspired by this article. Archaeologists have found evidence of farming that dates as far back as 9500 BCE.  Since that time,  humans have been toiling and to ensure that they could feed themselves and care for their families.  The Industrial Revolution saw a shift whereby workers largely moved from agriculture jobs located in the country and in villages to manufacturing jobs located in the city.  The ability to measure time, according to some historians, led to…

Mindfulness in Frederiksberg

Mindfulness in Frederiksberg

Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation are concepts that have been well integrated into our modern day psychology vocabulary.  Blame the Buddhists or blame Marsha Lenihan, but mindfulness is here to stay at it seems to be a modern-day cure all– an elixer for all of your emotional woes.  In my experience however, some of the people who need these techniques have the most difficulty utilizing them.   For the most agitated of people, it can feel like utter hell to sit still…

On the perils of rumination

On the perils of rumination

Since ancient Greece have humans valued our ability to manipulate concepts in our mind.  Numerous courses exist these days that teach people how to think logically and ethically.  However, thinking is not always a helpful endeavor.  Sometimes it can even lead to pain and suffering.  Excessive thinking about a worrisome topic can create anger and depression.  This kind of thinking has been labelled ‘rumination’ by psychologists.  Many people who ruminate do so obsessively with the hope that the thinking will…

To assimilate or not to assimilate– a psychologist’s thoughts about acculturation

To assimilate or not to assimilate– a psychologist’s thoughts about acculturation

Donald Winnicott stipulated the presence of a ‘true self’.  Our true selves are, according to Winnicott, the most spontaneous and authentic parts of who we are.   His idea was not a new one, and it even dates back to the Danish philosopher, Kierkegaard who referenced ‘the self which truly is’.  If there is a ‘true self’, then how does this concept fit in with the process of acculturation and assimilation?  For those of us who are immigrants to another country,…

Meanderings about telepsychology– Two things I have learned

Meanderings about telepsychology– Two things I have learned

I started doing telepsychology several years ago, before most people were using teleconferencing or other forms of online psychotherapy.  I am a devout technophile and admittedly like to incorporate technology into my life in whatever ways I can.  I have also had the opportunity to conduct some research online that examined virtual reality therapy and also the way people form relationships online.  I am a virtual positivist and have high hopes that technology, for all of its downfalls, will ultimately…

Psychological scientists could be their own worst enemies

Psychological scientists could be their own worst enemies

Some political pundits have noted that we now live in a ‘post fact’ society where the brash assertions of politicians are given the same weight as scientifically backed facts.  Kellyanne Conway, advisor to US president Donald Trump famously referred to the phenomenon of an ‘alternative fact’.  Also famously, despite the fact that most scientists argue that climate change is real, there exists a vocal number of politicians who deny it is so. This is why it is particularly disheartening when…

Post- Postmodernism and Psychology

Post- Postmodernism and Psychology

I teach two college classes every semester.  My students are typically bright, curious, and motivated.  In a weekly assignment associated with the course materials,  I have them provide an analysis and critique of the assigned readings. They are brilliant at this.   They seem to be well trained, by their home universities, in the criticism and deconstruction of other peoples’ works.  Often times the critiques are the predictable and uninspired:  Freud was misogynistic and only relied on case studies.  The researchers…

RIP Koko

RIP Koko

Koko the gorilla just died. This happened when I was travelling with my students.  I told them, and it turned out that many of them had never heard of her.  Koko was a western lowland gorilla who was particularly known for having learned over 1000 signs in American Sign Language.  She was a skilled communicator who proved that gorillas are capable of empathy, compassion, and grief.  In her travels, she met many famous people including Robin Williams and Mr. Rogers. …

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