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Why Another Blog?

In this age of information overload it certainly is a fair question to ask, why write, let alone read, another blog.  My hope is that this blog will be somewhat unique, offering the reader (lay person and professional) an opportunity to consider some of the more complicated and challenging issues in the mental health field.  Some of the topics will be potentially of more interest to mental health professionals while others are addressed to all readers with an interest in psychology, psychotherapy and mental health. Topics to be addressed include recent research on psychotherapy, evidenced based approaches to treatment, alternative and “innovative” treatments, ethical issues and concerns, and psychological research.

Book reviews and the arts. In addition, to writing on more traditional mental health issues and concerns I will also provide occasional reviews and thoughts on books (and even movies and plays) which touch on important issues in understanding human behavior, or which I found intellectually stimulating and thought provoking.

My goal in writing this blog is to examine various issues in a thoughtful and constructively critical manner. It is not my goal or intent to offend anyone.  However, I am confident that some will disagree, possibly quite strongly, with some of the opinions and ideas raised here. Again, my goal is to stimulate critical thinking and when possible encourage a more scientific and ethical approach to issues in the field.

Covid-19 has posed many challenges for families. One of these is the pressure and stress that can result from increased togetherness. For years, many parents have worried about having enough time to spend with their children, and have felt harried by the demands of work and parenting. Now that many
Testimonials, On Line Reviews, Client Satisfaction Surveys, and Effectiveness Data! Testimonials: The Centers for Family Change does not use testimonials. A number of professional organizations specifically prohibit and/or recommend against the use of testimonials. Seeking testimonials is seen as potentially unethical in that clients may feel pressured to provide positive statements
Martha Cook, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, is one of the senior therapists at the Centers for Family Change, and our Director of Training. She is dually licensed as a marriage and family therapist and a social worker, is an AAMFT approved clinical supervisor, and has extensive experiencing providing couples’ therapy. Ms.
Earlier today (11/20/16) I had the good fortunate to listen to the Freakonomics Radio Hour on NPR, which featured a discussion between the show’s host, Stephen Dubner, and the psychologist, K. Anders Ericsson, a professor of psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Ericcson’s work has focused on how one achieves
Recently I have had two clients referred to me for individual therapy, by therapists who had worked with the client and his/her spouse in couples’ therapy. In both instances the referring therapists explained that the clients had “individual issues” which “needed” to addressed in order for the client to be

Peter Perrotta, Ph.D.