Category Archives: Psychology

Risk of Adult Anxiety Seen in Children’s Stomachaches – NYTimes.com

Not exactly a big surprise, but worth noting.  BTW, eat yogurt!

 

Risk of Adult Anxiety Seen in Children’s Stomachaches – NYTimes.com.

High Deductible Plans Accelerate – Kaiser Health News

I wonder whether out of pocket spending for mental health services has gone up or down with high-deductible health coverage. More research to come. But for now, a look at how “consumer-directed” health care is affecting overall consumer spending for health care:

“I’ve heard of nothing but acceleration” of employers into consumer-directed health insurance, said Roy Ramthun, a benefits consultant who was a senior health policy advisor in President George W. Bush’s administration. “More local units of government, school districts and even some union plans are starting to move more aggressively into these areas.”

via Who Knew? Patients’ Share Of Health Spending Is Shrinking – Kaiser Health News.

High Deductible Health Plans Increase Dramatically

This article states that high deductible plans have skyrocketed from 8% in 2009 to 19% last year.  If they continue at this rate, about 50% of people will have high deductible plans by 2020.  Oh what a wonderful world it will be.

Preventive Care at Risk with High-Deductible Health Plans.

Take Action to Help Mental Health Providers Get Treated Justly

We in the social work field are known for advocating for just about everyone — the poor, the homeless, LBGT, Veterans, the elderly, people with physical disabilities, people with mental disabilities, the unemployed, the incarcerated, and so on. But when it comes to advocating for ourselves, we seem to have a harder time, and the many groups who we speak for are often not able to provide the same kind of “got your back” advocacy in return. For that reason, mental health providers are a category, politically, that is easily stomped on. Though we represent many, we represent the underrepresented, the less powerful, and the very busy people who must work two jobs for a living.

Here is a chance to help out your fellow mental health provider. Please consider signing the petition linked below to help advocate for mental health providers to be adequately compensated for their work.

Reimburse Clinicians Fare Wages Petition

What One Therapist Found When She Entered Private Practice

This essay from the NYTimes is a bit of an eye-opener for anyone who is thinking of going into private practice.  Due to people seeking less therapy and using more psychiatric drugs alone (massive pharma marketing campaigns encourage this), we are now at a point where many therapists can’t get enough referrals to survive.  Meanwhile, many people in need of help can’t get it because they don’t have insurance, have high deductibles and copays, or have very little coverage for mental health with their insurance policy.

What Brand is Your Therapist?

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies — Archetypes Style

130_1356 My food photographer took the first picture for the book — gluten-free chocolate chip oatmeal cookies — good for the Warrior’s soul. :)

Recipe to follow in my book, Cooking for Emotional Wellness — due out this fall!

Cooking for Emotional Wellness — New Book Due out Fall of 2013!

via Cooking for Emotional Wellness — New Book Due out Fall of 2013!.

How We Heal: By Joining a Community and Connecting with Others Who Have Been Similarly Wounded


One of the recommendations I make in “Know Thyself” for expressing and healing your Wounded Child is to volunteer for an organization that helps others. One of the ways that I help children heal from trauma is also by inviting them to join the community of my office by contributing something to the Rainbow Wall, a wall of arts and crafts creations made by children in the process of therapy. This wall helps children to know they are not alone, and that even in their suffering, they have something to give to others, which is a representation of progress and hope.

What Animals Do for Our Mental Health

In my book, “Know Thyself: A Kid’s Guide to the Archetypes,” I recommend that children watch or play with animals in order to become more aware of the Innocent Archetype — the naturally curious part of our identity. Research into how animals affect our mental health is just in its infancy, but so far there are some compelling studies to suggest that animals can contribute to mental health on a number of levels and across a wide span of ages and mental health problems.

I have done some searching and reading, and here are some good resources on the growing body of evidence that pet ownership and spending time around animals has a positive correlation to physical and mental health.

From Australia, this paper talks about research showing animal-assisted therapy improving mental health for elderly people in nursing homes as well as children diagnosed with ADHD. It also points out that because of financial hardship, pet ownership for some people has become more difficult. It reports that pet ownership was on the decline in Australia due to increased renting and decreasing owning of homes.

The American Humane Association has a good page that talks about animal-assisted work being done with military families and children with cancer. Their hope is that with more clinical trials, animal-assisted therapies will become more mainstream and available for different treatment and caregiving environments.

On this page, Dr. Andrew Weil talks about how animal-assisted therapy and/or pet ownership can alleviate anxiety, depression and social isolation, while improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

My discussion of animals in “Know Thyself” is focused primarily on expressing your Innocent, but there are several archetypes that are expressed when animals are a part of our lives. Animals also call forth our Caregiver as we feed and nurture them, and most of us also know people who express a sense of deeper connection with animals — a sense of animals as Soul Mates. Essentially, animals give us the opportunity to express love, which is the basis for so much of what makes life pleasurable and fulfilling.

Presenting the Evidence for Archetypes-Based Therapy

There is a tremendous amount of evidence to support the practices and suggestions in my book, “Know Thyself: A Kid’s Guide to the Archetypes.” With regard to expressing your Innocent, I advise children to play outdoors every day. Here is a piece of research that shows that outdoor play is one of the most effective antidotes for ADHD.

Over the next few weeks, I will be compiling and publishing links to research that supports the treatment recommendations I offer in my book, as well as research on therapeutic practices with children and families that I teach about in my CEU Course, “Know Thyself: Using Archetypes to Understand and Heal Children.”

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