10 Things to Think About Before You Open a Private Practice

Like most aspiring psychologists, you either planned to enter private practice one day, or you have thought about it.  According to a recent survey I conducted over the PPA listserv, the top goal of respondents (N = 76) was to work in full-time private practice.  If this is a goal for you, there are manyContinue reading “10 Things to Think About Before You Open a Private Practice”

The Top 10 Reasons to Join the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) as an Early Career Psychologist

I have been involved in my professional organizations, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) since graduate school.  For me it’s important for a lot of reasons- networking, mentorship, advocating for important issues, and helping to advance my profession.  I have also held leadership positions in these organizations, which is something IContinue reading “The Top 10 Reasons to Join the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) as an Early Career Psychologist”

Don’t hate… compensate!

As a psychologist I work with a lot of people who want to make a change in their lives.  They want to be more outgoing, assertive, or confident…less depressed, anxious, or boring…and so on.  We could probably all benefit from making one change or another. I have found myself lately writing about making changes.  It’s myContinue reading “Don’t hate… compensate!”

F**K AVERAGE!

I apologize if anyone finds this title offensive, but I imagine anyone reading this is an adult.  This is just what I thought of as I recently started seeing GNC’s new “Beat Average” slogan.  I’m not at all advertising GNC, but the statement resonated with me so I decided to write about it. Sure, average is “good enough” for someContinue reading “F**K AVERAGE!”

Back to School: Six Strategies to Ease the Transition

It’s August 1st.  You know what that means, right?  For my kids, 24 days until school starts.  Others have the luxury of starting after Labor Day (about 32 days left). But who’s counting? (haha) For most of us, summer is winding down- summer camps, vacations, barbeques, time at the pool, and so on.  Hopefully everyone has beenContinue reading “Back to School: Six Strategies to Ease the Transition”

Why Wait? Why Summer is a Good Time to Connect to the Right Resources

  Every summer most therapists who work with children and adolescents see a noticeable dip in their caseloads.  Kids go to camp, families go on vacation, or they just want to take a break from their usual routines.  For many families, their children’s problems seem to occur mainly in the school environment, so when schoolContinue reading “Why Wait? Why Summer is a Good Time to Connect to the Right Resources”

5 Reasons Why Therapy May Be the Most Masculine Thing There Is

Sadly, in 2014 (2016) mental health stigma still exists.  This is the idea that somehow asking for help or talking about feelings is weak or embarrassing- and this is applied to men much more than women.  But if you can talk to your physician about hemorrhoids or erectile problems, why couldn’t you talk to a therapist about hating your jobContinue reading “5 Reasons Why Therapy May Be the Most Masculine Thing There Is”

Advocacy: Letter to the Editor re: Pro-Smoking Messages

Below is a letter I wrote today to the editor of a popular skateboarding magazine, regarding images I keep seeing that I believe portray pro-smoking messages.  As a psychologist and father, I believe this is harmful and that people like magazine editors need to be more conscious of it.  If I get a response I’llContinue reading “Advocacy: Letter to the Editor re: Pro-Smoking Messages”

“Only a Sith deals in absolutes…”

I enjoy a good sci-fi movie, although admittedly I’m no expert on the genre.  Like most Americans, though- and in fact most of the world, I love Star Wars.  Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of my favorite characters.  He’s smart and delivers a lot of great one-liners.  One of the best is when he tells AnakinContinue reading ““Only a Sith deals in absolutes…””

NEW: Summer 2014 Social Skills Groups

This summer I have decided to offer two social skills groups for adolescents in my office in Chester Springs.  The groups are co-ed and one will be for middle school (for adolescents entering 6th-8th grades) and the other will be for high school (9th-12th grades). I have worked with adolescents for over 10 years andContinue reading “NEW: Summer 2014 Social Skills Groups”