Which form of therapy is most effective in treating depression?

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“It's the relationship that heals.” – Irvin Yalom, MD It’s a simple and common question clinicians are asked by clients: "What is the most effective in treating depression?" I’m going to assume that we are not discussing treatment-resistant depression in this blog – in which case some of these answers would look different. (Transcranial magnetic stimulation is outside of my...[ read more ]

When should I seek treatment for Depression? A Baltimore Therapist’s Thoughts

Photo of a man sitting in the couch, thinking, with his hands crossed. This represents someone thinking about seeking treatment for depression.

It’s usually obvious to us when we need to visit a medical professional. A cold. An ache. A weird clicking in your left knee when you run further than a couple of miles. (Even though you purposely bought shoes for flat-footed runners.) Any of these things can lead you to pick up a phone to make an appointment with your...[ read more ]

Social Justice Minded Counseling: Why Social Justice and Mental Health are Inseparable

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“Did you know the heart has a dungeon? Bring light! Bring light!” -- Mary Oliver (Red Bird: Poems 2009) Hi, y’all. You may notice a different tone from me in this post. First and foremost because social justice counseling is a topic near and dear to my heart as anything can be. Secondly, it feels important to contain (okay… manage)...[ read more ]

Most common questions on Finding a Therapist as an LGBTQIA+ Person

Finding LGBTQIA therapist | New Connections Counseling Center at Baltimore, MD

Throughout my career, I've gravitated to working with various Queer communities. Not surprising given my original clinical training at the LGBGTQIA+ Cultural Center, or a certain beloved Midwestern university. One of the recurring challenges I've seen LGBTQIA+ people face while searching for a therapist is finding providers who are both affirming and knowledgeable. Unfortunately the former doesn't always imply the latter. I've...[ read more ]

Starting Therapy: 4 Ways to Get the Most Out of It

Starting Therapy | New Connections Counseling Center at Baltimore, MD

A recurring theme I hear a lot in therapy, both from clinicians and from clients, is the idea of a good therapist and good therapy. This can be particularly important when you are considering starting therapy. Now, to be clear, I do think that some approaches are simply better for certain clients' mental health concerns. For instance, I operate from a...[ read more ]

3 Tips from a Baltimore Therapist for Checking in on your Relationship

Tips from a Baltimore Therapist to Check in on your Relationship | New Connections Counseling Center at Baltimore, MD

There’s a folksy adage I grew up with, in the rural Midwest, perhaps you did too in your neck of the woods, of “If it ain't broke, don’t fix it.” Like a lot of folksy sayings from back home, there are certainly times that it’s good advice: home or car improvement projects you aren’t qualified for, cutting your own hair...[ read more ]

5 Tips for LGBTQ+ Folks Using Dating and Hookup Apps

5 tips for LGBTQ+ Dating Apps | New Connections Counseling Center at Baltimore, MD

Many LGBTQ+ folks (lovingly referred to as queer from here on) expressed to me throughout the pandemic that certain dating apps, you probably know which ones I mean, have become a ubiquitous part of life. During surges in the pandemic, socializing and dating through apps became ostensibly safer than physically entering other traditionally queer spaces. For many queer folks, it...[ read more ]

What are the Keys to a Long-term Relationship? Is Love enough?

Keys to long-term relationship | New Connections Counseling Center

If you ask as a handful of therapists what makes for a healthy long-term relationship, you’re bound to get more than a dozen answers. Honestly, you may get a dozen different answers from me on a given day.  This is because the factors that contribute to long-lasting and fulfilling relationships are complicated and change as we and our partners grow. The...[ read more ]

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