Misuse of APA Clinical Practice Guidelines by Insurance Companies

Misuse of APA Clinical Practice Guidelines by Insurance Companies

Letter to the American Psychological Association highlighting how their Clinical Practice Guidelines are being misused by insurance companies such as Lyra Health to explicitly exclude relationship-oriented therapists from their panels and ultimately harms the consumers of psychotherapy with false “evidence-based” claims that are misleading and restricts their choices.

Misleading Claims by Lyra Health

Misleading Claims by Lyra Health

Many in the field of psychotherapy, including practitioners and marketing personnel, are currently using the term “evidence-based therapy” to refer to something quite different from what someone might otherwise assume. The specific claims by Lyra Health of providing “evidence-based psychotherapy exclusively” is particularly problematic, as these claims not only hurt the consumers of psychotherapy by misleading them and restricting their choices, but it is also discriminatory by explicitly excluding psychotherapy models that have a different value-base from being considered legitimate forms of therapy. Complaint filed to the California Department of Insurance and the California Department of Managed Health Care.

Money Matters in Therapy - Charging Clients, Cancellation Fees, Negotiating and Enforcing Rules

Money Matters in Therapy - Charging Clients, Cancellation Fees, Negotiating and Enforcing Rules

A therapist’s guide to building a framework for making informed decisions around money matters, to navigate and think through the relevant practice rules and policies, especially around when to be flexible and open to negotiating vs. enforcing the set rules regarding fees.

Treat Misleading Claims Of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy As False Advertising - A Letter to Licensing Boards

Treat Misleading Claims Of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy As False Advertising - A Letter to Licensing Boards

A request to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to treat misleading claims of “evidence-based psychotherapy” as false advertising. This letter may be used as a sample to draft your own letter to your state’s licensing board. This endeavor is supported by Psychotherapy Action Network ( PsiAN.org) - Please consider joining the organization. Membership is free, and open to clinicians from all theoretical orientations who value therapy that is person-centered, relationship-oriented and of depth.

Domestic Violence and Abuse - Survivors, Advocates, and Issues of Gender

Domestic Violence and Abuse - Survivors, Advocates, and Issues of Gender

A brief look at the systemic failures due to the lack of training and understanding around issues of domestic violence and trauma as well as entrenched gender stereotypes, and the artifacts of a historically patriarchal system that are re-traumatizing victims of domestic violence and failing the children of these families.

"There is no daughter."

"There is no daughter."

The only way to get past emotional pain,  is through it. This short article underscores the importance of being present with emotions in the healing process.

Finding Healing and Connection in the Therapeutic Relationship

Highlighting the transformational and transpersonal aspects of the therapy process on both the client and the therapist.

The Google Memo Controversy - Revisited

The Google Memo Controversy - Revisited

I am revisiting my original blog about the Google Memo controversy in order to examine my own biases and assumptions made when I initially read the article. I hope this prompts others to examine their own biases and prejudices and to own mistakes made. I truly hope we can start building bridges and listen to opposing views with open minds and open hearts.

Investigating False Claims of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

Investigating False Claims of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

The false narratives of evidence-based claims are perpetuating turf-wars between psychotherapy models and failing our clients. This article creates awareness of the harmful effects of the false either-or argument between person-centered and techniques-centered groups. It also provides a clear and compelling case in calling practitioners and researchers across different psychotherapy models to unite together to work towards true evidence-based psychotherapy practice.

Cultivating Self-Compassion Using Parts Work In Therapy - An Illustration

A session vignette that illustrates the use of Parts Work in Therapy using the Internal Family Systems model to cultivate self-compassion in the healing of Childhood Emotional Neglect.