What evidence-based treatment is really about

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It may be clear from our name that our practice prioritizes engaging in evidence-based treatment for psychological concerns. What might be less clear is what evidence-based treatment actually consists of.

In 2006, the American Psychological Association defined evidence-based practice as the integration of three components of care:

  1. “The best available research” with
  2. “clinical expertise” in the context of
  3. “patient characteristics, culture and preferences”

What does all that mean? Since eating disorders are one of the psychological concerns that we ...

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7 ideas to improve your focus in college during the pandemic

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  • Disruption of typical routines can make it hard for students to keep their focus in college. Here are 7 ideas to help.

Several months ago, college students experienced a number of sudden changes to their education and social lives, as classes moved to remote delivery and many students sheltered in place away from friends.

While many students may have had some exposure to remote courses prior to the pandemic, the coming academic year will bring its own set of challenges and considerations, ...

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Lady Gaga puts mental wellness and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the spotlight

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I’m a Cleveland-based clinician trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. This means part of the philosophy I embrace is the need to balance opposite truths.

DBT therapists teach clients how to balance the pain of life’s experiences with the joy of living fully. From that spot, wise decisions can be made, which leads to changes in behavior.

DBT therapy is designed for a complex overlay of symptoms and is the No. 1 evidence-based treatment for addressing the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. Those ...

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The big message for those who struggle with long-standing mental health issues is don’t give up

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In the 1980s I loved the song Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush:  “Don’t give up, ‘cause you have friends; don’t give up you’re not beaten yet; don’t give up, I know you can make it good.”

More than 30 years later, I still hum it to myself regularly.

If you are someone who suffers from a long-standing mental health issue, you likely have tried (or been forced to try) many types of treatment. Many levels ...

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Every therapist may not be a good fit for every client

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For therapy to be effective there needs to be a match between what the client needs and what the therapist has to offer. I mean this in terms of three factors:

  1. The type of therapy the therapist can provide;
  2. The problem the client has;
  3. The fit of the personality – though you may be surprised when I say it’s the least important issue.

It’s the therapist’s job to help the client think through these factors, since most clients who are starting to see a ...

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Treating Eating Disorders: Dr. Lucene Wisniewski Offers Advice

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Originally published in Your Teen Magazine for Parents.

Eating disorders are life-threatening illnesses that turn families’ lives upside down. You may not immediately see this side of eating disorders when the media glamorizes images of surgically enhanced waif-like celebrities given current standards for the “ideal” body. But, eating disorders can and do kill; they even kill kids. Eating disorders are not, however, the fault of the media.

If your child suffers from an eating disorder, you might be sitting ...

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