The connection between mental contamination, OCD, and trauma

“It’s as if this horrible dark feeling just comes over me and everything seems extremely gross and dirty. My whole life seems disgusting.” This is how my client Roselle described her internal experience when her OCD symptoms became triggered. To avoid this feeling or to “make it go away”, she would engage in a multitude…

Interpersonal Psychotherapy: perhaps the most effective treatment you’ve never heard of

If you’re a mental health practitioner, you’re doubtless familiar with evidence-based treatment modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). In recent years, CBT has become part of the vernacular, and not just in the mental health field. But what if I asked if you had ever used interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) in…

Getting the most out of exposure therapy

I sat quietly while the client in front of me closed her eyes and recounted in vivid detail the sexual assault she had experienced many years before. The pain of the memory was evident on her face and in her voice. The details were shocking and sad, yet I felt truly honored to bear witness…

Exploring the final frontier: multicultural competence

This post is part of a series for practicing mental health professionals. When I was in graduate school, I had the privilege of attending a lecture given by psychologist Joseph White, who is sometimes referred to as the “Godfather of Black Psychology.” He took me and my classmates on a tour of the psychological movements…

Best practices in risk assessment and safety planning

This post is part of a series for practicing metal health professionals. As a mental health professional, you know that psychological crises vary widely in form and gravity. Whether a client is dealing with suicidal thoughts or plans to harm someone else, you play a major role in helping them receive appropriate support to cope…

Integrating self-compassion into your practice

Right now, the science of mindfulness, as well as acceptance and compassion-focused therapies, are growing at warp speed. Clinicians are steadily presented with new treatment options for anxiety and depression that are grounded in centuries of meditation tradition and tested and honed by advanced research. It’s understandable that this rapid emergence of new methods and techniques can seem a little daunting. After years of education and many more years of practical experience, do we really want to roll up our sleeves and learn a whole new mode of therapy? Thankfully, we don’t need to begin again from scratch when we wish to work with innovations in mindfulness and self-compassion.

New funding, same mission to transform mental health.

Today we are pleased to announce that we’ve raised $45 million in new financing, which we will use to accelerate development of new tools and expand our team. This funding further validates the need for innovative mental health software and we’ll continue to show how software, data, and a human touch can be blended to make it easier for people to learn new skills, change thoughts and behaviors, and live happier and more fulfilling lives.

Meet the new Lyra: New look, same commitment to care

Starting today, Lyra has a brand new look, one that we feel reflects our values, who we are, and how far we’ve come since first launching in January 2016. When we set out to redesign the Lyra brand, we wanted to make it feel just like us – modern and hi-tech, but also calming and supportive. We also strived to create something that our diverse audiences – members, providers, and employers – could relate to. Not an easy task, but we are really proud of what we’ve created.

The wisdom and benefit of clinical consultation

I find having an experienced clinician pay close attention to my therapeutic work liberating. That’s why I’m a strong advocate for supervisory consultation. However, I’ve observed that once licensed, many clinicians find themselves so busy that supervision gets left behind. Granted, making time for supervision in an already full schedule is challenging, but participating in supervision and consultation practice is vital if we are to give clients the best of what we have to offer.

Combining care and convenience with video therapy

If you’ve considered video therapy, you may have asked yourself, “Could this actually work?” The good news is that numerous research studies have shown that video therapy is a feasible option. It’s been used with a variety of clients, from children, to adults, to couples. According to research, it produces clinical outcomes similar to traditional in-person therapy and is generally associated with good client satisfaction.