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How does a therapist handle confidentiality in cases in which the client expresses thoughts of self harm?

How does a therapist handle confidentiality in cases in which the client expresses thoughts of self harm?

Legal Issues first: If one is potentially harmful to one's self or to others it must be reported and the person is taken to the nearest facility for psychiatric evaluation. Aside from that exception it is a matter of law that information given to a therapist remains confidential unless released by the patient. If the patient is a minor, parents or guardians have access. Dss can access it if abuse is reported. ...Read more

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Transference (Definition)

Transference is a phenomenon characterized by unconscious redirection of feelings from one person to another. One definition of transference is "the inappropriate repetition in the present of a relationship that was important in a person's childhood." another definition is "the redirection of feelings and desires and especially of those unconsciously retained from childhood ...Read more


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What are the personal boundaries for therapist in a counselling relationship?

What are the personal boundaries for therapist in a counselling relationship?

Help the patient: The major concept is to keep the focus on the patient and avoid exploitation. Exploitation can include misuse of knowledge gained, abuse of power, sexual behavior. In exchange for the time of the therapy the therapist receives a fee as sole compensation. There should be no expectations of favoratism or gift or additional benefit. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a doctorate in professional counseling and a PhD in psychology?

Doctorates : A PhD in psychology focuses more on research, whereas a PhD in professional counseling focuses more on clinical, or applied work. ...Read more

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How to deal with anxiety and psychological disorders in islam?

How to deal with anxiety and psychological disorders in islam?

I'm not sure what U: mean. Are you questioning if your religion approves of psychological interventions? If so, you would need to speak with a Imam. If you are in an Islamic country and looking for treatment, I would google and search for a competent psychologist &/or psychiatrist and schedule an appointment. Let me know if I misunderstood your question and need more information from me. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a degree in clinical psychology and counseling psychology?

What are the differences between a degree in clinical psychology and counseling psychology?

Some similarities: Most generally, clinical psychologists work with severely mentally ill persons as opposed to counseling psychologists who may work primarily with the "worried well." Both disciplines are capable of working with both populations; there is a lot of overlap. The biggest difference comes in the focus of formal education: treatment/assessment of severely mentally ill versus day-to-day life stressors. ...Read more

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Can porn cause emotional bunting/inability to love a partner/empathy reduction/difficulty to be romantic/difficuly in intimacy with the loved one?

Can porn cause emotional bunting/inability to love a partner/empathy reduction/difficulty to be romantic/difficuly in intimacy with the loved one?

Porn Q's: It's tough to answer all of these questions bc it depends. People have different emotional and physical relationships with porn. Some integrate into their intimacy and it works out. Others find it gets in the way of getting pleasure from their partner(s). I suggest working with a sex positive therapist who can help you explore these q's individually or with you and your partner(s). ...Read more

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What's the different between a masters level psychologist and a mental health counselor?

What's the different between a masters level psychologist and a mental health counselor?

Level of training: In many states a master's levels person in psychology has to be supervised by a Ph'D. level psychologist. Psychology is different from other kinds of counseling because of the emphasis on research and science and the ability to do psychological testing. They generally at involved in additional training and supervision. ...Read more

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What is the model of psychiatry and mental health services up in canada?

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What is the model of psychiatry and mental health services up in canada?

Canadian Psych.: Basically philosophy is same as far as mission & goals. The canadian classification of mental illnesses follows the world health organization classification (icd), whereas the american follows the diagnostic & statistical manual of mental illnesses (dsm). ...Read more

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Can psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytical psychotherapy permanently change the personality of a person?

Can psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytical psychotherapy permanently change the personality of a person?

Yes, hard to prove: It is certainly the aim of these psychotherapies to change fundamental personality traits (for the better of course). Countless case reports attest to success in doing so. But strong scientific proof would require careful, repeated personality assessment for large numbers of patients over many years — "permanently" is a long time — something that is very hard and expensive to study. ...Read more

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Can addiction to technology causes a loss of social skills in the real world?

Can addiction to technology causes a loss of social skills in the real world?

Of course!: We humans needs lots of practice to do anything well. Being glued to our technology takes time away from practicing social skills and developing meaningful relationships. ...Read more

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Intense feelings of loneliness, depression and abandoned in life. Can you offer some strategies for getting through each day ?

Intense feelings of loneliness, depression and abandoned in life. Can you offer some strategies for getting through each day ?

Are you in therapy?: If not, would very strongly encourage that. Frankly, you will remain depressed, lonely & feeling abandoned unless you make some changes. When was the last time you had a comprehensive physical examination? This can help to assess for underlying medical problems & will allow for medication treatment if indicated. Read & follow guidance of david burn's "the feeling good book.". ...Read more

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Is there support groups for anxiety. And depression. In chicago ill?

Is there support groups for anxiety. And depression. In chicago ill?

Sure there are: Chicago's a big town with lots if resources. I would go online to the site for: nami, which is the national alliance for the mentally ill, to see if there is a group they can recommend you attend. Also, most community mental health centers offer group therapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Beeing soul searching with therapists and doctors and psychs. What is main difference from aspies to highly sensitive person? Overwhelmed or decoding?

Beeing soul searching with therapists and doctors and psychs. What is main difference from aspies to highly sensitive person? Overwhelmed or decoding?

Aspergers. : Aspergers is awesome! the dsm5 failed. If you want to know a lot more. Watch my dr g aspie show at http://www.Southeastpsychstudios.Com. ...Read more

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Cause of unknown depression ? Distancing from social events and from opportunities to get new friendship and socializing with existing ones.

Cause of unknown depression ? Distancing from social events and from opportunities to get new friendship and socializing with existing ones.

Social withdrawal: Hard to say with so little information. There can be many reasons why a person pulls back from social events and socializing. Everything is relative to what is typical and healthy for you vs now. Consider seeing a mental health professional to understand why you're withdrawing or isolating from others. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How can physical fitness affect social interactions and a team atmosphere in the work place?

How can physical fitness affect social interactions and a team atmosphere in the work place?

Shared purpose: You have asked a complex question that would be fun for discussion. In my opinion, one of the answers would be that the work group could share physical fitness as a valued lifestyle goal. The pursuit of fitness allows for shared sense of purpose among the group and makes interactions enjoyable and relevant; activities, information, discussion and debate surround fitness ambitions. ...Read more

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In your practice is it consistent to see huge differences in personality in patients on and off their psychiatric meds?

In your practice is it consistent to see huge differences in personality in patients on and off their psychiatric meds?

NO.: Consistently, no. Sometimes, yes. It depends substantially on the diagnosis, types of medications, and many other factors. For instance, in some patients with adhd, they are angry, short tempered, and belligerent initially, but when they are taking a therapeutic dose of medication, they are much calmer and focused. If they stop their meds, the old symptoms return. ...Read more

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Resources and network that can support the cultural and spiritual needs of older people?

Resources and network  that can support the cultural and spiritual needs of older people?

Communities: If you have not taken a look at AARP, they are constantly re-upping their game and have many wonderful resources. AARP.com You should also take a look at this PDF file ~ great information: http://www.eldercare.gov/eldercare.net/public/Resources/Brochures/docs/ResourcesforOlderAdults.pdf ...Read more

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Can i doctor both believe in the christian god and strongly live that faith and practice the science of medicine?

Can i doctor both believe in the christian god and strongly live that faith and practice the science of medicine?

Yes: The other physicians who have answered have given you helpful perspectives. I know many physicians who profess the christian faith, which is quite diverse. I do not know any physician who believes that every verse of the hebrew and christian scriptures (especially the suggestions that disease is a divine punishment) was meant to be taken literally. ...Read more

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Counseling (Definition)

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, ...Read more