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Women who experience early pregnancy loss (from either miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy) are vulnerable to symptoms of post-traumatic stress, sometimes for as long as 9 months following the loss. We, as therapists, can be aware of the risk of long-term post-traumatic symptoms and help normalize our clients' struggles with prolonged symptoms. Continue reading
We must take care to use social media in a way that is consistent with our status as members of the healing profession, that honors the sensitivity of the therapeutic relationship, and--most importantly--protects client confidentiality. Continue reading
Despite an absence of supporting evidence, Americans increasingly view people with mental illness as a threat. Continue reading
We went into this profession for a variety of reasons, one of which—most likely—was simply to help people. We strive to help in the most ethical manner possible, and we never want our work to include an adversarial process, such as a malpractice lawsuit. Continue reading
The HEAL-WA Online Resource Library offers free access to vast amounts of data and research that will be helpful to your practice. Continue reading
We as mental health providers can play a role in helping decrease the likelihood of a mass shooting. A study published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2018 can give us concrete ways of possibly playing a role in decreasing the likelihood of a mass shooting taking place. Continue reading
The Washington Department of Health warns of scammers posing as government officials and demanding money to prevent a supposed suspension of a professional license. Continue reading
New research suggests that a treatment called "high-frequency deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS)" may help treatment-resistant patients overcome symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The treatment involves a system where magnetic impulses are delivered to parts of the brain which reinforce OCD-related thoughts and behavior patterns. Continue reading
Forest walks said to increase mental health and well-being. Continue reading
Therapists, especially those in private practice, should seriously consider some sort of disability insurance coverage to protect them in case of accident or illness.
Most people don’t realize the risk of becoming disabled as the result of an illness or… Continue reading
You are just about to wrap up your last session in what has been a long, tiring week. Your practice or agency serves a diverse clientele, including the family in front of you. As they are discussing dates to reschedule,… Continue reading
Healing after a loss is often a long and difficult journey. Below are links to area programs that offer support groups or classes for individuals, children, and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. Continue reading
Scott Wangsgaard, Ph.D., LMFT, recommends this collection of instructional videos by Annabelle Bugatti, Ph.D. for therapists who work with couples, especially therapists who want to develop their skills in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT). Continue reading
FSTNW Member-Recommended Resources on Body Image
In a discussion on the FSTNW listserv, members recommended several books on body image.
embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!) by Connie Sobczak
From www.thebodypositive.org/embody “Embody:… Continue reading
Many of you attended FSTNW's recent ethics workshop and earned another 6 ethics credits required by the State to keep your license active. As Julie Wood and I prepared to facilitate discussion for this year’s ethics training, we kept repeating a phrase, “The Art of Ethical Thinking.” Continue reading
In this article for The Pulse I’m going to look at some clinical insights I’ve gleaned in my almost 30 (!) years of therapeutic practice, along with resources that could be beneficial for private practices. Since I’m starting to think about retiring sooner than later, I’ll also write a bit about that. Continue reading
Anxiety Disorders have become THE MOST COMMON presenting problem in mental health. You need to know about OCD because at least three million Americans (kids, teens and adults) have been diagnosed with OCD. You will see it in your practice. Continue reading
This is the second installment in a series designed to assist you in marketing your practice. The first installment included tips on assessing your relationship with marketing. Part two covers the basics of marketing. Continue reading
Download your copy of “Guidelines for Court-Involved Therapy.” These guidelines have been formulated to assist practitioners who provide treatment to court-involved children and families. The guidelines can also assist those who rely on mental health services or on the opinions… Continue reading
“The infidelity is not in the sex... but in the secrecy. It isn’t whom you lie with. It’s whom you lie to.” ~ Frank Pittman, from "Private Lies" Continue reading
As I ventured out into the great world of private practice I had all sorts of visions on what the job would look like – complex cases that I would need to unpack with my supervisor, endless networking meetings to get my name into an already competitive market. Yet, what ended up being the most important aspect of surviving my first year in private practice was unexpected: the vital importance of self-care. Continue reading
My husband and I have a dream. After the kids leave for college, we dream of living a slower paced life out on the Olympic Peninsula. There’s not a lot of jobs out there, and so we’ll be looking to do work via the internet. In my case, that means offering online therapy. Continue reading
Grow Your Practice: Marketing
This is the first installment in a series designed to assist you in marketing your practice. Part one: assessing your relationship with marketing.
Marketing your private practice is not like selling a car or a vacuum… Continue reading
The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the… Continue reading
Postpartum Support International brings together families, communities, and professionals working to support families during pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and the postpartum period. PSI provides direct peer support to families, train professionals, and provide a bridge to connect them.
A Few Words with Doug Anderson
Standing on the shoulders of giants. To many in our community, Doug Anderson is a giant who has mentored an entire generation of systems-oriented therapists in the Pacific Northwest. Family Systems Family Northwest is… Continue reading
OCD Washington is a nonprofit in Seattle. It is a resource for those with OCD, their families, and clinicians. An affiliate of The International OCD Foundation, its mission is focused on helping sufferers of OCD get appropriate treatment, providing a… Continue reading
Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial, Nature Rx offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors - two timeless prescriptions for whatever ails you. Continue reading
Autism First-Hand: Hear from a 13-year-old with atypical Autism educating us on what it’s like to have this unique disorder.