Frequently Asked Questions

The Great Psychotherapy Debate: Since in April, 2015 I review parts of The Great Psychotherapy Debate (Wampold & Imel, 2015) in the PPRNet Blog. This is the second edition of a landmark, and sometimes controversial, book that surveys the evidence for what makes psychotherapy work. You can view parts of the book in Google Books. In this chapter, Wampold and…

The working alliance is the collaboration between client and therapist on the tasks and goals of therapy, and it also includes the emotional bond. The alliance is the most researched concept in psychotherapy, and it is reliably related to good client outcomes. However, the alliance has been rarely studied in the context of videoconferencing psychotherapy (VCP). Delivering psychotherapy remotely was…

Yes, as a licensed therapist and a registered Social Worker (RSW), I am bound by confidentiality; information you choose to share with me will not be discussed with anyone else and will be electronically filed in a secured software.  Your information will not be accessed by anyone else with the exception of informed consent (discussed in the online intake application…

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, adjustment to illness and creative blocks. Many people also find that therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the stresses of…

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by…

Timuluk, L. & Keogh, D. (2017). The client’s perspective on (experiences of) psychotherapy: A practice-friendly review. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73, 1556-1567. Psychotherapy studies that ask clients for their perspective on the treatment or therapist are surprisingly rare. Researchers have conducted such studies over many decades, but there exist very few of them. This is curious given that respecting clients’…

Psychotherapy works.  Research demonstrate that psychotherapy reduces symptoms and impact of the mental disorders that most commonly interfere with people’s lives, including depression, addiction, mental illness, and personality disorders. These consensus treatment guidelines that provide clinicians with evidence-based direction for treating depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders recommend psychotherapy, sometimes as a first line of treatment. Psychotherapy Essentials to Go,…