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Activities you do with your inner child

My therapist suggested that I do some activities with my inner child. What are some activities you've enjoyed and have helped you heal? (a variety of ages inside) [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Sep 20, 2014 - 29 answers

Lifelong struggle with mental illness - what else can I try?

I've been in and out of therapy my entire adult life (over twenty years) and am currently in treatment with a psychiatrist. The past few days I have been plagued with horrible feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness which culminated in crying uncontrollably this morning and unable to leave the house and go to work, and I barely managed to let my office know I wasn't coming in. I haven't been able to focus and I am sure everyone at work can tell how much my performance is slipping. I feel like a complete mess. No matter how good I can wind up feeling for a while, I always wind up back to this state. If I haven't managed to get to a good place in my life by now, how can I ever hope for improvement? Do I need more intensive treatment? What would that even look like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2014 - 15 answers

I really need mental health resources in Portland, OR.

My anxiety has flared up recently, to the point where I am reluctant to leave my house unless absolutely necessary. This weekend, I checked myself into urgent care after having five panic attacks in 12 hours. The health care providers there were less than helpful, and I feel like I've hit a wall in terms of figuring out how to get the help that I need. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Should I start with a therapist or a psychiatrist for my anxiety?

I've had anxiety issues for years that are variable, but getting worse, and I'm having trouble coping. Should I make an appointment with a psychiatrist and try meds first, or start with therapy and add meds if necessary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Need a good gay friendly therapist in Seattle

I've been struggling with depression and anxiety for years, and I'm tired of trying to struggle through it on my own. I've decided I need to get help, but I have no idea where to start. I'm gay and in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Should I tell my therapist?

Seeing a therapist for extreme lack of self-esteem and fear of intimacy and I'm not sure if I should tell them about childhood trauma. (Trigger warning) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2014 - 24 answers

How should I handle my hunch that my boyfriend was abused?

How should I handle my hunch that my boyfriend was abused as a child -- when I am unsure about the future of our relationship in general? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2014 - 36 answers

Taking a few days for myself… now what?

After a turbulent period in my marriage, I'm taking a few days out for myself. Thing is, I don't know exactly what to do in those few days, or how best to work on things in my marriage whilst I'm away. [more inside]
posted by yasp on Sep 8, 2014 - 32 answers

Want to become a therapist at 32 with no psychology degree.

I'm 32, in NYC, no psych degree, and I'm burned out on my current job path. How do I break into a career as a therapist or counselor? [more inside]
posted by ktpetals on Sep 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Should I seek a different therapist?

I'm going through the worst depression I've ever had, and I've started seeing a therapist (along with meds), but a few things she has said irk me. When do you look for someone else? Juicy details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2014 - 23 answers

How do I find a therapist?

I think I want to try therapy again, but I'm not sure even what I should be looking for. Looking for general advice and specific recommendations in the DC area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2014 - 7 answers

I want to go off psych meds but my family might not. Do I do it anyway?

I made a promise to my family that I wouldn't make decisions about my treatment without them. I want alternative treatment. If they say no, do I still go? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Aug 22, 2014 - 73 answers

Looking for a Dianetics therapist

Hello, I'm looking for a therapist who does Dianetics, and who's NOT affiliated with the Church of Scientology. If anyone knows of such a person or persons and could somehow help connect between us, I would be very grateful to them. [more inside]
posted by rodent on Aug 21, 2014 - 14 answers

Life changes for the... difficult brain.

I'm not happy with the way I look or feel. I haven't been for a long time. I'm severely overweight, have high blood pressure with a family history of heart disease and diabetes, wake up with back pain every morning, have zero energy if it doesn't come in the form of an energy drink or shot, and just generally look like hell. What can I do to lose over 80 lbs and get myself to a healthy BMI for a 24yo 5'8' male when my brain acts like it really, really just wants to have me die of a heart attack by 35? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 15, 2014 - 34 answers

Best resources/tools for relationship communication

My husband and I, as any couple, have communication issues. We'd love some books, online resources, and even therapy recommendations for us! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2014 - 14 answers

How do I get antidepressants?

Who can prescribe antidepressants, who should, and how should I find/talk to that person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2014 - 17 answers

Psychiatrist Recommendations in SF Bay Area

Does anyone have any personal recommendations for a psychiatrist in the San Francisco Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards on Aug 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Short Story Searching...

Its a story, set I believe in Boston, about a woman, perhaps in the wake of divorce or break-up, who goes to a some kind of therapist who doesn't touch her; she just lies there and he "feels" her energy. She's not sure if its a scam or not but keeps going. Ring any bells?
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Aug 1, 2014 - 3 answers

A sad, sad life

I have been isolated and depressed for 10 years. I need help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2014 - 34 answers

I need a cross between a financial advisor and a therapist.

Having lived in the Bay Area "bubble" for many years, being reasonably (but not enormously) successful, and coming into middle age, I find myself more and more confused by the economic and social realities of how things are. I need a guide. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Refusing to validate client part of trauma therapy?

Is it common and recommended practice for a therapist to refuse to validate and affirm a trauma client? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jul 21, 2014 - 33 answers

One last question about my crisis

I’m still having panic attacks. I’m having a hard time getting my thoughts together because I’m so stressed -- and they’re kind of circular on top of that -- so forgive me if this post is tough to understand. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Jul 21, 2014 - 18 answers

Healthy Ways to Physically Express Negative Emotions

Asking for a friend: what are some good, healthy ways for an adult to physically express their upsetting feelings? [more inside]
posted by gauche on Jul 11, 2014 - 35 answers

Does anyone have advice for adopting inside the family?

Right now, there is a chance that my husband and I may be the adopters of my niece's child. She and the father have drug addictions and have surrended their parental rights. The child is now living with her grandparents, but they are very stressed by the situation and might ask us to take her. We are ready to do so, but I'd like to know what we're getting into. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Marriage in trouble, wife refuses relationship counseling. What next?

My wife Jane and I are in our 40s and have been together for eight years. We got along well for the first few years, but things have been steadily going south since then. In theory, we both want to improve our marriage, but we are not making much progress on our own. I could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2014 - 48 answers

How do you get out of a funk?

I'm in a funk. I (logically) know that I have a good life, but I'm really depressed right now and I can't seem to be able to bounce back. I have eliminated all distractions from my life, and that means that I have more time to be depressed. The only thing that provides me real joy is food, and so not only I'm getting fatter, but I'm getting more depressed because of that too. I just sit around and eat all day (which is not good!). I need to get out of this funk, please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2014 - 36 answers

Sex therapist recommendations in western mass

Seeking recommendations in Amherst/Northampton, keywords sexual dysfunction, OCD, kink-positive, couples. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2014 - 1 answer

Best therapists in the Milwaukee or Appleton areas ?

Trying to help a friend find a therapist. He's been seeing a counselor at our university, but the student counseling center is closing for the summer. [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Jun 9, 2014 - 1 answer

How can I spend more time around dogs?

I enjoy dogs but am very busy. Where can I go spend a few hours with dogs? I think it may improve my mood. [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on Jun 7, 2014 - 11 answers

New Therapist: best things to ask at first appointment?

What kinds of things should I be asking about/finding out while I'm shopping around for a new therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Medication until I can get my life on track. Good idea?

Is it possible for me to go on anti-depressants and then go off them? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on May 31, 2014 - 20 answers

How to stop needing my parents' approval?

I am trying to become more emotionally independent from my parents. I had a very traumatic experience with them many years ago, and I don't know how to resolve the lingering insecurity. Due to the nature of the trauma, I've had a lot of trouble using therapy to resolve this issue. What can I do to stop craving their approval? [more inside]
posted by elasticExplosive on May 29, 2014 - 14 answers

I'm Little_Dog. Not an alcoholic.

My therapist has recommended I regularly attend AA meetings. While it's true I quit drinking nearly 4 years ago, and alcohol had been a prevalent and destructive force in my life at that time, I have never experienced anything like a craving to drink in all the time I've been sober. My M.O. has always been a, "Eh, I'll have a drink when and if I ever feel like it. Which will probably be never, because I love this clear-mindedness!"-sort of thing. The therapist is treating me as a patient "in recovery". Fair enough: She can use whatever approach she sees fit, but now I'm entertaining the idea of AA and simultaneously questioning whether the therapist is a good fit for me. Yes, there are more details. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on May 29, 2014 - 46 answers

Bay Area support groups and therapists post-sexual trauma?

A friend of mine was sexually assaulted by her (now ex) partner, and she's really struggling in the aftermath of it. I've offered to help with some of the legwork in seeking out appropriate support group(s) and/or therapists that might be a good fit. Here are the criteria: [more inside]
posted by spindrifter on May 27, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I get a mental health evaluation?

About a year and a half ago, I went through a serious depressive episode - the only one of my life. I saw a psychiatrist three times and completed about a year of therapy (with a therapist, not with the psychiatrist). Then I moved across the country. Now I need to get a clean bill of health - how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2014 - 3 answers

By what mechanism is talk therapy supposed to be effective?

I have a fair bit of experience with getting talk therapy of the open-ended type, sometimes for long periods. It doesn't seem to ever have resulted in any change in my attitudes or behavior patterns. What's more, I don't understand how it theoretically could result in this, either generally or with a specific issue I've been dealing with (procrastination/self-discipline). Explain/exemplify? [more inside]
posted by zeri on May 17, 2014 - 24 answers

How to find the best hamstring physical rehabilitation expert anywhere?

I have had multiple hamstring muscle surgeries. According to my surgeon, I currently don't need any more surgeries, and I have just completed 1 year of rehab, but not with a hamstring rehabilitation expert. I would like to seek out the best hamstring physical rehabilitation expert in USA (or if they're really good, anywhere in the whole world), and go receive physical rehabilitation from them. Who is the best hamstring physical rehabilitation expert in the world? How can I find him/her?
posted by crawltopslow on May 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Ghost in the brain

Based on my dysfunctional upbringing, it finally occurred to me that a lot my anxiety comes from being concerned that I will get "in trouble" a disproportionate amount for doing something that I didn't know was so wrong as to be deserving of the punishment. I have just recently started therapy again and will certainly bring this up, but I'm sure some of you will have some advice for me. [more inside]
posted by inmyhead on May 15, 2014 - 15 answers

How to End or Change a Coaching Relationship?

For the last few years, I've been seeing a life coach. She's been great in helping me to gain perspective, address certain problems in my life and in my own habits. Overall, it's been great and I think I could still benefit from the coaching. The problem is that, recently, I've lost a ton of respect for her. Details within! [more inside]
posted by sockermas on May 13, 2014 - 20 answers

How to find a medically-reputable service/advice for cryo-storing tissue

The way modern medical therapies are going, it seems that decades from now it would be advantageous to have a source of your more youthful cells or tissue stored long ago and available if needed. So I should investigate storing some now, but know little about this. How do I find out which kind(s) of tissue would be the best choice to store, and how do I select a cryo-storage service with an excellent medical reputation for harvesting, storing and successfully delivering tissue in a medically-useful state? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc on May 12, 2014 - 1 answer

Am I doing this right?

Was prescribed Lexapro by a nurse practitioner but am too anxious to take it. Seeing a CBT specialist on Monday for $$$. So now I'm anxious about the money. Spiral of doom inside! [more inside]
posted by ziggly on May 10, 2014 - 7 answers

What is therapy for?

I'm not understanding how it's supposed to work. How much is the therapist supposed to drive the conversation, and how much are you supposed to do so yourself? How do you know if it's going well? What are you even supposed to get out of it? What are you supposed to do to get the most out of it? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on May 9, 2014 - 33 answers

Psychiatrist/therapist recommendations in Chicago

A friend is currently in a crisis of depression and anxiety and feels like her current therapist is not meeting her needs. Recommendations in the Chicago area are welcome. [more inside]
posted by pullayup on May 8, 2014 - 4 answers

How to stop thinking about my relationship?

My marriage is in limbo and I need to stop giving it so much emotional energy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2014 - 23 answers

Low-Cost Therapy in Northeast/Downtown LA?

Low-Cost Therapy in Northeast/Downtown LA? Difficulty: I don't have a car. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I confront my therapist who is also essentially my boss?

I live in a mental health treatment center where my therapist is also my "program director". A program director here is basically someone who oversees your treatment and has say over things like when you can and cannot start working or volunteering. [more inside]
posted by tunestunes on Mar 26, 2014 - 23 answers

...is she dead?

How to handle insurance when your doctor/therapist goes AWOL? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Mar 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Can you help me find a therapist I remember reading about in NYC?

I was using an online "therapist finder" (Probably Psychology Today but I can't be certain) about 6 weeks ago to find myself a therapist. I had come across one in particular that I thought I saved a link to, but now can't find. I know it was a woman, and she mentioned dogs in her description/bio - both that she was a dog owner and lover, but also that her dog could sometimes be present for therapy, and/or you could bring your dog. I know that's not unheard of, but her description really resonated with me in terms of what I need right now in a therapist and I am hoping someone might recognize my description. Thank you!
posted by brbmaroon on Mar 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Expat married to a local, really struggling, seeking help

Finally giving in and looking for a therapist, while permanently living abroad... what 'cultural combination' should one look for? Don't want my current mental state to cloud my thinking. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2014 - 9 answers

I caught my therapist in a lie; am I overreacting?

I've been seeing my psychologist for about 18 months. Overall, she's great: upbeat, insightful and easy to talk to. But on a couple of occasions I've left therapy with a distinct feeling that she wasn't being entirely forthright with me, or like she actively tried to make me feel insecure during a session. Are these red flags real? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2014 - 44 answers

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