Do Electronic Devices Affect Sleep?

Does reading from an electronic tablet before bedtime affect sleep? We’ve known for some time that artificial lighting can alter the body’s natural 24-hour circadian rhythm. But now, our lives seem saturated with electronic devices that emit short-wavelength-enriched blue light as opposed to broad-spectrum white lights. And often, we’re reading from those gadgets at night just before trying to fall asleep. A recent survey of more than 1,500 adults suggested that 90% of Americans use some type of electronics at least several nights a week within an hour of bedtime. So researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston…

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Do Your Wandering Thoughts Make You Unhappy? You’re Not Alone

Everywhere I go, I see people glued to their phones – almost obsessed. And you might say, why not? Phones these days can do everything – take photos, store games and books, keep our calendars . . . even help us chart our happiness. Yes, I did say chart our happiness. This app is one that I had first heard of in a Science article. Matthew Killingsworth, a PhD student in Dr. Dan Gilbert’s psychology lab at Harvard, created a smartphone app that allows you to track how happy you are at various times. You register on his site and…

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Mindfulness . . . There’s an App for That?

As technology makes its way into what seems like every corner of life, it can feel rather challenging to strike that careful balance of knowing when it’s helpful and when it’s not. And frankly, the last place you might expect an electronic gadget to come in handy is front and center during your mindfulness practice. But last fall, after hearing about some of the great mindfulness apps that have been released for smartphones, I was so impressed that I shared them with you. Twice, actually. Of course, technology is constantly changing. And so after hearing about more cool new apps…

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What Stops Practitioners From Making the Most of Their Expertise?

What did people do before the Internet? This is a common refrain for folks of all generations. Today, whenever people are in search of anything – be it movie showings, where to get the best sushi in town, or how to scuba dive – they simply hop right online … … and this formula is no different when it comes to seeking out a way to solve personal problems. As practitioners, we have so many new and different ways to make an impact – more avenues than ever to reach out to more and more people who can benefit from…

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Expand Your Impact
(without increasing your hours?)

Back in 2003, my otherwise healthy father had a serious myocardial infarction. For days I traveled back and forth from my home to the hospital in Massachusetts, visiting, keeping track of his progress, and advocating on his behalf. Had I been in private practice, or working for a hospital or agency, that would have been devastating to my work schedule and livelihood because I was out for weeks. You see, those working models are based on an hours-for-dollars payment model. For decades, we as practitioners have been primarily bound to this model, charging clients either by the amount of time…

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How to Stay Ahead of the Changes in Our Professions

Many of us were drawn to our profession because we wanted to help people . . . . . . but what happens when fewer and fewer people seek your help? With the economy and people having busier lives, a lot of practices are starting to see a steady decline in clients coming in on a regular basis. And attracting new clients isn’t any easier. Even graduate schools have started to add marketing ideas to the counseling and clinical psychology curriculum. But many seasoned practitioners in the field now don’t have that advantage. Meanwhile, other forces are competing with psychotherapy….

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