Health and Wellness Articles

Re-energize with Self Care
Taking care of yourself is probably one of the most important things you can do. Caring for yourself and feeling good about yourself are intertwined, so stay motivated and keep up your self-care practices! Here are some helpful tips from recent research (remember to consult your physician before items 1-3): 1. The importance of exercise cannot be overstated - research shows that exercise may be an effective way of preventing or decreasing depressive symptoms. For maximum benefit, make your exercise routine fun and purposeful...more...

Four Tips for Keeping New Year's Resolutions
Psychological research shows that 20% of us that make New Year's resolutions will succeed in changing our behavior. Here are four tips to make your resolutions stick: 1. Be sure to reward yourself for new behaviors For example, if you resolved to lose weight be sure to reward yourself with something each time you stick to your calorie count or finish exercise. Choose a reward that supports your resolution and diverts you from your old behavior. 2. Avoid situations that will put your resolution at risk...more...

Happiness: Something to Talk About
Happiness is the whole aim and end of human existence - Aristotle

There are many ways to think about happiness. For some of us, happiness is about having cool stuff and doing interesting and different things. For others, happiness is equated with emotions of joy, contentment, or enthusiasm. Some of us find that happiness is a spiritual experience - a sense of connectedness and belonging to the Universe. And there are those of us who wonder "What is true happiness?" and "How do I cultivate it?" No matter how you look at it, happiness comes from the experience that one's life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile. We can all identify individuals who appear to have a talent for happiness, to see the world around them through rose-colored glasses, to make out the silver lining even in misfortune, to live in the present, and to find joy in the little things from day to day...more...

What's Funny About Work?
Humor in the workplace can cure many ills, first among them is stress. Research shows that humor and laughter are great stress relievers. Humor, tactfully used, can improve a climate of negativity and pessimism. Laughter also improves your mood and raises morale among your co-workers. In fact, organizational psychologists have clearly demonstrated the benefits of humor in the workplace. So what do we know about humor in the workplace?...more...

Balancing Your Internet Use
We spend a lot of time on our computers while at work, but what about at home?

The Internet has provided communication tools that have opened a new domain in social interaction. It is now possible to publish personal thoughts or ideas from the privacy of your own home to a vast audience of hundreds or even thousands of people. It is now possible to chat with people from around the globe, and to maintain instant messaging relationships with strangers...more...

Articles for Clinicians

Therapist Self-Care

Having an effective self-care plan in place can help ameliorate the hazards of our profession and enhance our therapeutic effectiveness. In this article, we'll explore some of the research findings on impairment and examine a self-care model you can utilize in your own practice. Reflective questions (Alterman, 1998) have been included in each section to stimulate your thinking about this important topic...more...

Internalized Homophobia, Stages And Processes Of Change And Alcohol Use Among Gay Men, Clinical Dissertation
by Eric S. Nicely, Psy.D.

This dissertation examined the relationship between internalized homophobia, stages and processes of change and alcohol use. Participants were 79 gay males with an average age of 42 years who responded to advertisements. Participants completed the Revised Nungesser Homosexual Attitude Inventory, University of Rhode Island Change Assessment scale, Processes of Change scale, and the Alcohol Use Inventory. Results indicate higher internalized homophobia for alcoholics than non-alcoholics (t = -1.70, p < .05), a correlation between internalized homophobia and alcohol involvement (r = .26, p < .05), and a correlation between internalized homophobia and readiness to change (r = .32, p < .01). Internalized homophobia is higher in the action stage than in the precontemplation, preparation and maintenance stages. Processes of change are different across Alcoholics Anonymous participation groups, but not across internalized homophobia groups. Stages of change and internalized homophobia are reliable predictors of alcohol involvement (R2 = .26, and R2 = .27, respectively). This study strengthens the relationship between internalized homophobia and alcohol use and demonstrates that internalized homophobia is highest in the action stage of change, acting as an impetus. Clinical recommendations include providing a safe, structured environment for clients to develop a positive sense of sexual identity and strategies for addressing the escalation of internalized homophobia in early recovery...more...

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Consumer Resources

Notice of Privacy Practices
for clients of Dr. Nicely, effective April 1, 2003.
This document describes my duty to safeguard your Protected Health Information (PHI), and your privacy rights. Instructions are provided for accessing your PHI as well as your rights and responsibilities regarding your personal PHI. You'll receive a copy of this document to sign as part of our contract. It's posted here for your reference.

A Consumer Guide to Psychological Services
published by the Board of Psychology, California.
This guide provides excellent information on selecting a psychologist and includes a patient bill of rights that you should know about when seeking services.

Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex
published by the Department of Consumer Affairs, California.
This brochure explains the legal ramifications of boundary violations by therapists, and offers guidelines to help if you have ever been a victim of sexual improprieties by a therapist.

Does Therapy Help?
An article based on survey research by Consumer Reports magazine, November 1995. The article describes the value of therapy according to people who have used it.

Seven Signs of a Good Therapist
Prevention Magazine, August 1995.
This article addresses seven factors to consider when choosing a therapist, and provides useful guidelines to differentiate good from poor therapists.

Client/Patient Bill of Rights
from the Consumer Guide listed above.
This is an excellent guide to your rights as a consumer of mental health services.

Mental Health Links

Below are links to some useful mental health resources. Each link will open in a new browser window for your convenience.

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Psychological Associations

American Psychological Association
California Psychological Association
San Francisco Psychological Association

Mental Health Clearinghouses

National Mental Health Association
National Mental Health Information Center
National Mental Health Screening Days

Local Resources