The Practice of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy Matters Virtual Clinic (PMVC): A Clinical Social Worker’s Perspective

This is the third in a series of blogs that will introduce you to an innovative approach to mental health care pioneered by Psychotherapy Matters: the Psychotherapy Matters Virtual Clinic or PMVC.   We hope to report regularly on the … Continue reading →

Psychotherapy Leaders: Dr. Molyn Leszcz on Group Therapy, Part 2 of 2

Dr. Leszcz is a world-renowned expert in group psychotherapy and an extraordinary leader in Canadian psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Group psychotherapy Association among other prestigious recognitions. Amongst his many publications, Dr. Molyn Leszcz co-authored with … Continue reading →

Psychotherapy Leaders: Dr. Molyn Leszcz on Group Therapy, Part 1 of 2

Dr. Leszcz is a world-renowned expert in group psychotherapy and an extraordinary leader in Canadian psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Group psychotherapy Association among other prestigious recognitions. Amongst his many publications, Dr. Molyn Leszcz co-authored with … Continue reading →

The Protection Paradox: Curbing Parental Overprotection

To be alive on the crust of this earth is to face many risks and dangers. This truth is at the heart of one of the biggest challenges parents’ face – how to manage these risks without resorting to overprotection–an … Continue reading →

The Practice Notebook of a Psychotherapy Trainee: ‘Client’ or ‘Patient’? and Why Does It Matter?

Ask Google to search “client vs. patient” and you will get about 22.5 million search results. The top hits are articles, blogs, and discussions by care providers with passionate arguments for either label. Some writers detest the term “patient” citing … Continue reading →

The Practice Notebook of a Psychotherapy Trainee: Why is Psychotherapy Effective?

I froze like “a deer caught in the headlights.” My clinical supervisor repeated the question: “What would be a contraindication for this medication?” A reasonable question from a clinical supervisor for a senior medical student! Only ten minutes earlier, I … Continue reading →

The Practice Notebook of a Psychotherapy Trainee: Choosing the Patient for CBT

I am a nervous wreck! I am to conduct my very first series of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) sessions as a resident physician training in psychiatry.  I have read Dr. Beck’s “Cognitive Behaviour Therapy” and Dr. Padesky’s “Mind over Mood.” … Continue reading →

Why I Became a Gestalt Therapist

During my training for the Masters’ Degree in counseling I read a weighty textbook about different psychotherapies.  One chapter described an exchange between a Gestalt therapist and his client. The client, Ken, was in his late-40s, depressed, and had a … Continue reading →

The Parent’s Job

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but there should really be a qualifying asterisk at the end of that sentence that reads: The most crucial person in that village is the parent. Parent counseling is very … Continue reading →

Psychotherapy Leaders: Dr. Giorgio Tasca on Clinician-Informed Psychotherapy Research

Foreword by the Editor of the Psychotherapy Matters Blog: Giorgio Tasca, Ph.D., C. Psych. is a compassionate believer in evidence-based and accessible psychotherapeutic care for all who need it. He is the Research Director of the Centre for Eating Disorders … Continue reading →