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
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.
Anxieties.com Anyone with an anxiety related disorder, or anyone working with those impacted by anxiety, will benefit from exploring Dr. Reid Wilson’s website. There are plenty of free, excellent resources for clinicians, professionals, and clients.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report from April 2016. Continue reading
Recommended by FSTNW Member Katherine Yost, PhD, LMFT: Research in this article highlights some very promising studies that have used “glutamate modulating medications” already approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat OCD. Continue reading
FSTNW Supervisor Database
If you are an associate-level practitioner, our FSTNW Supervisor Database can help you find a qualified systemically-trained supervisor in your area. Each of the supervisors meet the Washington State qualifications to supervise LMFTA, LMHCA, LASWA, and… Continue reading
Listen to Kirk Honda’s weekly podcast Psychology in Seattle on YouTube. Started in 2008, the podcasts are an entertaining mix of seriousness and silliness. Topics range from the psychology of Ramsay Bolton on the Game of Thrones to interviews with couple and family therapists.
by Jessa Zimmerman, LMHC
I love being a sex therapist because sex is important. Our sexuality is a birthright. Expressing it can be an experience of pleasure, connection, playfulness, creativity, and love. Continue reading
Jessa Zimmerman reminds us, “As therapists, we communicate permission to talk about sex when we introduce the topic and are comfortable with the conversation.” Continue reading
Today, sex between minors is criminalized, or not, depending on the age of the “victim” and the age gap between the participants. Continue reading
Outcome studies in couple therapy demonstrated the beneficial effects of partners expressing their emotional insecurities and nurturing their emotional dependence with one another. Continue reading
Can a therapist hear both cultural worldviews fairly without ethnocentric judgment? Continue reading