Mental Health, Psychotherapy, and Values
Mental health and cultivating well-being across the biological, psychological and social dimensions are central features of the Unified Metapsychological Framework. Indeed, a core statement of value for the Society is to "be that which enhances dignity and well-being with integrity".
The Nested Model of Well-Being provides the basic schematic, and CALM-MO provides a frame for the processes and principles for cultivating healthy socio-emotional processes, both interpersonally and intrapsychically. When these two ideas coupled with Character Adaptation Systems Theory and the Wheel of Development and grounded to the unified theory of psychology, the result is the Unified Approach (UA) to psychotherapy.
The UA is about unifying the profession of psychology under the heading "health service psychology" and about generating a unified framework for the practice of psychotherapy. This does not mean that all therapists practice the same way; rather it refers to generating a shared language system and meta-theory that allows therapists to map the landscape of approaches in a coherent way. In the language of the psychotherapy integration movement, it can be considered "the fifth pathway," which emphasizes the need for effective metatheoretical syntheses. The UA facet of the Unified Framework is also concerned with understanding psychopathology and ways to enhance adaptive living at the individual and collective levels.
Essays on the Unified Approach to Psychotherapy
A New Big Five for Psychotherapists (Part I)
A New Big Five for Psychotherapists, Part II
Maggie's Story: The Many Reasons Why Not
Vertical and Horizontal Integration in Psychotherapy
Beck on Why a Unified Theory Is the Future of Therapy
The Key Ingredients to Good Psychological Therapy
A Vision for Psychological Check-Ups
CBT Versus Psychodynamic? No!
Join the Unified Psychotherapy Movement
On Adaptive and Maladaptive Patterns
Clinical and Counseling Psych: Time to End the Distinction
Essays on the Concept of Mental Disorder
Five Broad Models of Mental Illness
Is Psychiatry the Science of Lies?
Depression and the Disease-Pill Model of Mental Health
Twenty Billion Fails to "Move the Needle" on Mental Illness
Is Addiction a Disease of the Brain?
Debate about PTSD Treatment Guidelines
A Critique of the PTSD Guidelines
ADHD and the Problem of the Double Hermeneutic
Essays on the Concept of Depression
The Behavioral Shutdown Theory of Depression
Anxiety and Depression are Symptoms, Not Diseases
Clarifying the Nature of Anxiety and Depression
Three Kinds of Depressive Episodes
When Does a Broken Heart Become a Diagnosis?
Depression and the Dimensions of Complexity in Nature
Are You as Depressed as You Want to Be?
Turning Against the Self: How it Causes Depressive Cycles
Neurotic and Melancholic Depression: A Key Distinction
Essays on the Treatment of Depression
What to Do If You Are Depressed
What to Do If You Are Depressed: Facing the Beast
What to Do If You Are Depressed: Be Aware of the Paradoxes
What to Do If You Are Depressed: Know Your Level
What to Do If You Are Depressed: Know the Three Kinds
What to Do If You Are Depressed: Identify Neurotic Loops
What to Do If You Are Depressed: Assess Your Well-Being
What to Do if You Are Depressed: Values Clarification
What to Do If You Are Depressed: Behavioral Activation
What to Do if You Are Depressed: Healthy Lifestyles
What to Do If You Are Depressed: Taking Care of Your Biology
What to Do If You Are Depressed: Relating to Your Emotions
What to Do If You Are Depressed: Relationships
What to Do If You Are Depressed: Adaptive Thinking
Essays on Anxiety and Other "Negative" Emotions
When the Referral Question is Depression and Anxiety
Trait Neuroticism and Depressive and Anxiety Disorders
Social Anxiety: Mapping Its Seven Key Components
Potentially Helpful Technique for Anxiety Producing Thoughts
Distress: It's Not the Negativity but Your Reaction to It
Differentiating Anger from Aggression
Adaptive and Maladaptive Anger
The Best Way to Process Negative Feelings
How to Metabolize Painful, Dark Emotions: A Letter
What Does It Mean to "Split Off" and Attack?
Understanding Anger-Guilt Splits
Adaptive and Maladaptive Shame
Essays on College Student Mental Health
The College Student Mental Health Crisis
What is Causing the College Student Mental Health Crisis?
Addressing the College Student Mental Health Crisis
The College Student Mental Health Crisis (Update)
Two Major Causes of the College Mental Health Crisis
Major Differences in College Student Mental Health
Well-Being in College Students
Mental Health and College Students: A Conversation
Maintaining Mental Health in College Students: A Conversation
Diagnosing ADD in College Students
James Madison University's Wilson Hall
Essays on Personality Disorders and Psychodynamic Defenses
What Is a Dysfunctional Personality?
Explaining Borderline Personality Disorder to Patients
Understanding the Defensive System
Understanding How We Filter Our Thoughts
Pervasive Adult Developmental Disorder
An Empirical Study Mapping Personality Disorders
Are Some Personality Disorders Polar Opposites of Others?
Essays on Well-being and Health Living
The Adaptive Living Equation
Physical Health and the Wellness Wheel
Personal Value Exploration: An Experiential Activity
A Quick Self-Assessment of Well-Being
A Theory of 10 Universal Values
Understanding Emotions and How to Process Them
Needs, Conflicts, and Resolutions
Self-Reflective Awareness: A Crucial Life Skill
Turn your Critical and Controlling Inner Voice to a CALM MO
Psychological vs. Meditation-Based Mindfulness
Bildung: Cultivating Well-Being via Education and Development
The Four Elements of Resilient Coping
The Pandemic’s Silver Linings Playbook
Essays on Values and Morality
A Moral Compass for Troubling Times
An In-depth Analysis of the Crisis at Google
On Making Judgments and Being Judgmental
Was Steve Jobs' Narcissism Justified?
We Need to Value Intellectual Integrity
The Meaning of Human Existence: A Review
A Passionate Call for a Commitment to the Truth