Category Archives: Therapy

A Quick Guide to the Many Types of Mental Health Professionals

Do you know the difference between a psychiatrist, and psychologist, and a counselor? And if so, do you also know the difference between an LPC, LMFT, LCSW, PsyD, and all those other letters you might find following the names of therapists in Psychology Today’s directory? If you do, then our hats are off to you, […]

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How Therapy Helped a Reporter With His Witcher 3 Romances

Therapy can bring with it all kinds of surprises. For games reporter Nathan Grayson, one of those surprises was that the same issues that were complicating his relationships were also complicating his video game playthroughs. For Valentine’s Day, Grayson bared his heart to Kotaku readers, delving into the ways he sabotaged a recent romantic relationship. […]

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What Is Behavioral Activation, and Is It Actually Better Than CBT?

If you keep on top of mental health news, you’ve probably seen a lot of headlines this week about Behavioral Activation (BA), and how it has apparently been found to be better and cheaper than Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The reason for those headlines is a recent study published in The Lancet. In a randomized, […]

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How to Get a Handle on Negative Thoughts

Over at Geek & Sundry, our very own Dr. B breaks down the concept of ANTs: automatic negative thoughts. ANTs can hold you back, keeping you from doing the things that might make you happy. As an example, imagine two people enter a party at the same time. Hypothetical Person A – who is definitely […]

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The Author of ‘Divergent’ Shares Her Solutions for Anxiety

Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series, took the time yesterday to write about her struggles with anxiety. In some ways, her story will be familiar to a lot of people who work in the games industry: she created something that her fans had strong opinions about, and some of them shared those opinions in […]

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Walgreens Commits to Making Mental Health Care More Accessible

It’s an unfortunate fact that people who need mental health care don’t always get it. Whether it’s because of the cost, inconvenience, stigma, or even just the perception that it might be too hard to access, too many people go without diagnosis and treatment. As part of Mental Health Month, Walgreens has just announced a […]

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Talkspace Announces Plans To Donate Online Mental Health Services

Mental health care should never be considered a luxury, but that doesn’t change the fact that it can still be prohibitively expensive for a lot of us. Cost of care is the primary thing keeping people who need it out of therapy. While a systemic approach is needed to truly fix the problem, some private […]

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Pet Therapy Isn’t Just a Job for Professional Pups – Your Dog Could Help Too

Dogs are provably wonderful for mental health, and are increasingly used in therapies both official and unofficial. There are many reasons someone in need of companionship might not have a dog of their own, and for those situations, therapy dogs are the answer. Therapy dogs aren’t generally working service animals–they don’t have to undergo a […]

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New Sammus single digs into the benefits of therapy

Something a little different for you this afternoon – a new track from New York-based rapper and producer, Sammus. Before you ask, yes – she’s named for that Samus. She’s an unabashed fan of video games, a self-proclaimed geek, and a major figure in nerdcore hip hop. With that in mind, her new single would […]

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Reports of SAD’s diagnostic demise have been greatly exaggerated

Have you heard the gleeful pronouncements that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) no longer exists? Thanks to the results of a recent study published in Clinical Psychological Science, several publications have asserted that SAD is, in fact, a myth. But as is often the case with science reporting, the truth is more complex. The study in […]

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