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Making Sense of Online Psych Services

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So what are we to make of social media and online therapy in our profession?  Many are choosing to discount or discredit both altogether.  They don’t like what they see.  “It’s no place for a true clinician.”

But like it or not, the lines between cyberspace and mental health treatment are beginning to intersect.  It’s an inevitable progression that will only intensify as the years pass.

There will be a lot of debate within our profession as social media begins to play ...

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Vote for Pedro! A Lesson in Logic.

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I have vivid memories of high school elections.  They were, for the most part, popularity contests with no connection to reality or fairness.  But surprisingly, 20+ years later, I’ve come to realize some important business lessons hidden among the poster boards and campaign speeches.

Consider the following clip from the high school movie, Napoleon Dynamite. Napoleon’s friend, Pedro, is running for class president, and faces an uphill battle.  Let’s just say you wouldn’t peg him as a lock for winning the ...

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New Moments

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Everyday, in my line of work, I wake up and judge myself by a number.  When that number is elevated, I get this feeling of safety, control, and permanence.  It washes over me like a warm bath.  But then a new day comes, and who knows what it brings.

On the surface these moments happen once a day, when in reality, they’re occurring all the time.  They serve as a constant reminder of change, and at times, I drive myself crazy ...

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Personality Types and Marketing Success

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He was “a friend of a friend”, new to town, and looking for work.  After we spoke, I realized I had no idea about the details of his story (e.g., Why did he leave a high paying job and a great city?  What did he love so much about Charleston that would make him take this risk?).  What I did know is that he was looking for employment, and began by leveraging his network to see whom he might meet.

I ...

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Back to Basics

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I’ve been fortunate enough lately to come in contact with all kinds of mental health professionals doing exciting things – launching new service lines, building new practices, and preparing for book signings to name a few.  It got me thinking about some practical resources and tips that might be helpful.

Here are three interesting ones worth a look.

Email Signatures

How many of you have an email signature? There are all kinds of arguments both for and against them.  But like most everything ...

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The Boy Who Swallowed A Leopard

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Seven years, swimming in visions of children at play.  It’s a deafening preoccupation resulting from two boys, ages two and seven, who bound through our home with reckless abandon.

Remember those moments when you were trapped within yourself?  Filled with anxiety or rage, only to be shaken by the openness of a two-year old boy.  You can see the universe within his eyes, as if you’re looking up at stars in the night sky.  Whenever I see those big, soft eyes, ...

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