I work in the interdisciplinary field of transgender health. I’m also a nonbinary person and go by they/them/their pronouns. When I first started working with other trans people over fifteen years ago, this work was only on the fringes of cultural awareness for most mental health professionals, a niche or specialty that did not concern most.
Here at New Harbinger, we strive to develop high quality, evidence-based, affordable tools for mental health, so that there is as little barrier to help as possible. We believe that mental healthcare is a human right, and for more than 40 years, our mission has always been to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Because we believe mental healthcare should be accessible to all, we decided to act. This month, we put up a Little Free Library outside our offices in Oakland, California, thereby offering free books to our local community.
Psychological flexibility represents the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) model of health—it's the element we want to foster and grow in our clients while modelling it ourselves as mental health professionals.
Over the past several decades the behavioral health care community has witnessed a veritable explosion of empirically supported treatments (ESTs), which has advanced our understanding of both the psychological mechanisms underlying emotional and behavioral disorders and the evidence-based interventions that target them.
A Letter from Louise Hayes, PhD and Joseph Ciarrochi, PhD
Popular media depicts the ‘Net Generation’ as self-centered and largely focused on status updates, posts, and texting. The reality is far from this. Our work with young people has shown that they often feel disconnected, believing the world sees them as ‘problems to be solved.’ We want something better for them.
I think therapists sometimes ask too much from their clients—I know I do. We might ask them to tune into their feelings before they have enough internalized resources to do so without alarm, or ask them to change an action before they’re ready, or simply ask them to think about way too much between sessions.
When we ask too much of them, our clients can then feel failure, guilt, or resentment. These feelings, in turn, make them more likely to step back in therapy or even drop out of it.