These blogs don’t fit into the larger categories of anxiety or parenting, but are things I found interesting and thought could benefit you in daily life.

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How to Find the Best Therapist for You

You’ve struggled for long enough with the stress and constant worry and decided it’s time to work with a therapist. But what’s the next step?

It’s not like you’ve done this 100 times before like meeting with your family physician. How do you know who’s good? How can you trust someone you don’t even know?

Searching for a therapist can be just as scary as the thought of going on with the issues that have you thinking of getting help in the first place!

Here are some tips that will hopefully make the process a little less stressful for you, and help you to find the therapist that fits with your personality and needs

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Low back pain

This may not seem like a topic that a psychologist would traditionally be blogging about, but that is exactly why I am choosing to do so. At any given time, 31 million Americans are experiencing low back pain. It is among the most common reasons for missing work and accounts for $51 billion in spending each year. Anyone who has ever dealt with low back pain can tell you it has a significant negative impact on overall quality of life (e.g., enjoyment of time with family, ability to participate in activities etc.). Most people seek treatment from their primary care physician, and they are often disappointed in the results because there is no easy fix.

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Why online therapy?

Online therapy. E-therapy. Telemental health. However you describe it, it’s not the first thing that jumps to mind when most people think of therapy. They might know of Freud, think of laying down on a couch, or maybe they picture the typical cozy office space that most therapists utilize. With the prevalence of digital devices over the last 5 to 10 years, it may come as no surprise that some pioneering therapists decided to ask, “can I use this technology to help patients?” Researchers were up to the task of investigating that question, and they have primarily found it to be equally effective to its face to face counterpart for many mental health diagnoses. So what are some reasons someone would choose to use online therapy instead of visiting an office?

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What is the Difference Between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist

I am often asked whether I am a psychologist or psychiatrist. Even after six years of graduate school and becoming a licensed psychologist, there are family members who ask me to clarify the distinction. This is a good example of how most people only have a vague understanding of the mental health field, and that we have a long way to go in our efforts to increase education and reduce stigma. So, what IS the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

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