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Is CBT effective? Is the decline of CBT a thing?

Posted by Brian Dear on Aug 25, 2016 1:20:34 PM

In the May 11, 2015 Psychological Bulletin of the American Psychological Association assert that the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for treating depression is falling. Norwegian researchers Tom J. Johnsen and Oddgeir Friborg conducted a meta-analysis of psychological trials from 1977 through 2014. Their conclusion? CBT is less effective now than it used to be. It's an interesting study and of course a person might ask:

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Topics: Clinical Practice, Behavioral Health Research

Mental health Practitioner Networking Slack Group

Posted by Brian Dear on Aug 17, 2016 10:29:01 PM

Today we just launched the Practitioner Networking group on Slack. Slack is a team collaboration and chat tool that is used by a large number of companies for corporate chat, however, we re purposed it into a great community for mental health professionals, interns and students.

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Topics: Therapist Professional Development, Therapist Motivation, Mental Health Profession

Therapy Appointment Scheduling with iCouch

Posted by Brian Dear on Aug 16, 2016 5:24:10 PM

If you improve your therapy appointment booking process, you accomplish two things. 
  • You maximize your productivity.
  • You improve the client experience.
iCouch is getting ever-closer to launching our amazing therapy practice management system and one of the most incredible features is our client booking system. We're really proud of it! The reason we're proud of it is because we set out with a goal of "optimizing therapists' scheduling." And, we were able to execute on that goal which means you'll soon have the most powerful, easiest-to-use therapy appointment scheduling system ever created.
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Topics: About iCouch, Clinical Practice

In response to a comment about iCouch HIPAA compliance

Posted by Brian Dear on Jun 9, 2016 9:05:57 PM


In our recent post about the iCouch therapist calendar, we discussed some of the great new features coming to the new iCouch therapy practice management system. A commenter, Mr. Daniel Jackson, had several concerns about our product. First, I want to thank Mr. Jackson for his thoughtful comment. It's clear that he cares deeply about taking care of patients and protecting their privacy. We certainly share his passion. I would like to respond to each of Mr. Jackson's concerns here.

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Topics: Online Therapy, Client Privacy, About iCouch

Feature sneak-peak: the iCouch therapist calendar

Posted by Brian Dear on May 31, 2016 12:13:44 AM

We are blown away by how many of you have signed up for the iCouch Early Access list. For those that don't know the early access list is simply an email list of behavioral health professionals who are interested in being notified when the new iCouch is ready for release.

Join the early access mailing list

We're still on track for a late summer release, but in the meantime, I wanted to provide the occasional sneak peek into the great new stuff that is coming! Today, I'm going to share a little about the therapist appointment calendar.

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Topics: Therapy Practice Management, About iCouch

Does the psychology profession have a diversity problem?

Posted by Brian Dear on May 27, 2016 1:35:32 PM

Are the behavioral health professions in the midst of a diversity problem? Almost 70% of psychology practitioners are women despite being just 51% of the general population in the United States. Is this a problem? In light of diversity initiatives in other industries, should the behavioral health professions be concerned about under representation?

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Topics: Mental Health Profession

Social Media Boundaries for Therapists

Posted by Rachel Pedersen on May 26, 2016 8:44:19 PM

Gulp. It finally happened. That client, or that former client sent you…. 

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Topics: Client Privacy, Therapist Marketing, Social Media for Therapists

Effectiveness and problems with online therapy

Posted by Brian Dear on May 18, 2016 10:00:23 PM

There have been many studies over the years investigating the efficacy of distance mental health treatment. At iCouch, we group these non in-person treatments under the generic terms online therapy and online counseling. While we can debate semantics, for the sake of clarity, we use those generic terms to refer to any form of behavioral health treatment delivered outside of a face-to-face context. We've been trumpeting online therapy effectiveness for years and the research has been rather convincing, however there are also a few problems with distance treatment that we must consider (and mitigate!)

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Topics: Online Therapy, Clinical Practice

Should the ethical checklist for online counseling sites be updated?

Posted by Brian Dear on May 11, 2016 10:48:29 PM

online therapy ethical code

What makes online therapy sites ethical? What are some fundamental ethical considerations that are important to how you present yourself as an online counselor? You could be following every ethical guideline in the profession for your in-person practice, however there are an extra set of ethical concerns that are extremely important in the context of the online segment of your practice. However, it could be argued that the guidelines are due for an update!

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Topics: Online Therapy, Client Privacy, Clinical Practice

Therapist website security and why it should scare you

Posted by Brian Dear on May 6, 2016 4:36:54 PM

During the development of the new iCouch, security is our absolute highest priority. If we can't stake our entire company on the security of a feature, we aren't going to release it. It's that important! However, even if you never plan to use our therapy practice management system, it's vital that you understand some basics of security when it comes to your website, email and anything else digital that has anything to do with your mental health practice.

This article should give you some relevant basics so you can be sure you're doing everything possible to limit your liability and protect your business.

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Topics: Therapy Practice Management, Client Privacy


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iCouch is a HIPAA compliant therapist platform


  • a cutting edge, highly secure, video therapy platform
  • a beautiful, Google-optimized online profile page with a unique URL
  • powerful search so clients can find the perfect therapist -- You!
  • SMS and email reminder system
  • credit card acceptance
  • schedule, client and document management
  • encrypted messages
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