Carmichael Psychology’s Check-In Program – Keeping Therapy Fresh and Engaging

Measuring progress in therapy requires an objective analysis of the big picture. When new clients book a visit with me because they’re considering a switch from their current therapist, one of the most common reasons they offer for switching is that they have “gotten into a rut.” Their first few sessions went really well and they talked a lot about goals, but then somehow it drifted away from an organized pursuit of those goals and got int [ + ]

30, Single, and Dating On a Timeline? Part 2: Waiting It Out

Nov 16, 2015

Ok, you’ve found a man who appears to be on the same page as you - he possesses the qualities of a man looking for a meaningful long-term relationship. What can you do in the early stages of your relationship to ensure your new romantic interest sees his future with you before becoming emotionally invested? Don’t stop dating other people right away. As I said in Part 1, you want to avoid wasting time with a man who doesn’t share y [ + ]

Terrorism, Anger, Anxiety: How to Manage Strong Feelings

Nov 15, 2015

With ISIS claiming responsibility for deadliest attack on human life in Paris since World War II, and the San Bernardino female shooter's pledge to ISIS days before the rampage, how do we manage feelings of anger and anxiety?  What kind of reaction (or action) is most appropriate?  I've been pondering reactions to anger and anxiety over terrorism seriously since the execution of American journalist James Foley, and the horrific events in Paris [ + ]

How to Choose a Therapist

There are many things to consider in choosing a therapist and I have often been asked which is the most important. It’s hard to say exactly which ingredient is the most important, but good rapport is certainly a vital component of a positive client-therapist alliance. When clients feel that they are understood in an environment with genuine concern, it is easier to expect positive results. Beyond the therapeutic alliance, there are also [ + ]

30, Single, and Dating On a Timeline? Part 1: Could He Be the One?

A single woman in her late twenties or early thirties may find herself looking to find a husband sooner rather than later. With her self-esteem on the line or her biological clock ticking in her ears, she may be on a one-year timeline, meaning that after one year of dating, she’s expecting a proposal of marriage. How does a woman determine if the man she’s dating is on the same timeline? A dating pace with the one-year timeline in mind [ + ]

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