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Kuwait Psychology: Important Questions For Your Therapist

1. Is your therapist using the 'Doctor' title? Real doctors command higher fees so be careful, they could have anything from a certificate, to a bachelor's, master's, or other online degree. 

2. If they in fact do have a doctoral degree, is it a PhD or PsyD degree from a regionally accredited university, or from an online diploma mill?

(A diploma mill degree can be easily acquired online since it is based on "life credit" instead of academic course credit. Keep in mind that a diploma mill has no courses, no faculty, no residence requirement, no internship and no validity.)

3. Did they complete a 3 year APA approved internship as part of their psychology doctoral program requirement? If so, where? If not, then they would not have been allowed to sit for any "Psychologist" licensing board qualifying exams.

2. Are they using regulated titles like "Psychologist", "Licensed Psychologist" and "Registered Psychologist" which are for the exclusive use of registrants and licensees of N...

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Kuwait Ethics: The Breech of Patient/Student Confidentiality as a Marketing Tool

The institutionalization of the application of business principles like cost benefit analysis to the practice of psychology, along with the deliberate suppression of internationally recognized standards governing the use of the 'psychologist' title in the country has given rise to a perfect storm of confidentiality breeches on the internet and across public and private email networks, both within and outside of school counselors' associations. The profit motive, which comes into direct conflict with the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association (APA), was adopted as a guiding principle in a "local" ethics code written by a group which calls itself the Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA) currently led by a former elementary school counselor. This local ethics code has conveniently supplanted the ethical standards of the APA code, the implementation of which is now considered a threat since it would mean that none of the self-styled practitioners, supervisors ...

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Retirement Would Be A Cinch If I Didn't Have To Stop Working

The marathon of our working lives can take a huge physical and emotional toll. We can easily seduce ourselves into believing that once we retire we will be much happier without the constant wear and tear on our aging minds and bodies. Sounds logical doesn’t it? Well, as many of us have learned about a whole host of relationships, whether it’s with a parent, child, or love interest, we don’t know what we will be missing until it is gone forever.

I will paint the picture of a retiree’s rude awakening to illustrate how unanticipated realities can be successfully managed despite the initial trauma of feeling blindsided by them. It’s never too late to teach an aging dog new tricks especially if the “proverbial dog” is not a dog at all but a sentient being. This story of personal growth and behavioral change is a composite portrait of many former patients of mine. I have employed this storytelling technique to offer you food for thought in concentra...

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Job Stress Counseling and Paid Disability benefits

Many people are experiencing a lot of stress at work.  With the economy being so bad, many employers are forcing employee to perform the work of two or more people, while placing unreasonable demands on them.  It truly makes people sick!

This job stress situation is now epidemic with no end in sight; however, there is relief for those that seek counseling services for their stress and may qualify for paid disabilty leave for depression and anxiety (feeling worried all the time), along with sleeplessness, feeling treated unfairly in your work, irritable & angry all the time,low energy, confused thinking, can't concentrate, poor short-term memory, isolating from others, feeling helpless and hopeless (spiritually bankrupt) are just a few real clinical symptoms that may qualify you for paid disability benefits with time off work to be treated and time to heal.

If this sounds like what you are going through or someone you know, please call my office that I might attempt to h...

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Trend Watch: The Double Career Life

I was recently interviewed for an article in a leading Canadian business magazine on the interesting topic of dual careerists - people who pursue two careers instead of one. Check out if this lifestyle appeals to you and enjoy the article below!

The Double Life of Dual Careerists by Day Helesic

"Prosperity, variety, pursuit of passions, the opportunity to be creative-these are the hallmarks of a successful and meaningful work life. The chances of a single career providing all that? Slim. That's why today's professionals are often choosing to boost their career satisfaction by doubling up. If you want it all, why settle for just one career?

Dual careerist Dr. Daniel Kalla is an emergency-room physician and international best-selling novelist. In 1998, after establishing his medical career in his mid-20s at Vancouver's St. Paul's and Mount Saint Joseph hospitals, he took a screenwriting course at SFU that inspired him to write. "I loved creative writing right through elementary scho...

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Hi Everyone:

How are you?

How is the US government shutdown affecting you and your family?

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Vicki

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Top 10 Job Objections You Face In Getting Hired

Preparing for job interviews is obviously a critical stage in the hiring process. It's important to view the interview from the employer's perspective. Prior to the interview, you must anticipate all possible objections they could have in hiring you and develop the most effective interview strategies to alleviate the employer's apprehension. During the interview, pay close attention to the employer's questions because often their questions indicate possible objections (if it's a panel interview, you should also make note of who asked what questions). In the case where the employer can't ask specific questions due to government employment standards, you have the option of taking the initiative to address the employer's possible objections.

Here are the top 10 objections you face in getting hired:


1. Too young

  • You don't have enough practical skills; you're too intellectual; you aren't hands-on savvy
  • You'll require too much training time and $ to get up to speed
  • You're not dep...

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10 Reasons Why People Love Their Jobs

Making a transition to a new career can be very challenging. Believe me, I know from my career counseling practice that for many executives and professionals who decide to make a career change, it’s often not easy. But when they finally decide that a dead end, toxic or boring job is no longer tolerable, then they find the courage to dig deep and do what it takes to find a new job they love.

So, what are the big payoff’s for people who take the time to pause, figure out what makes them happy at work and who launch their careers in a new direction? From all the feedback and letters I get from career counseling clients who now live a life of passion and purpose, here are the top 10 reasons they love their new careers (in no particular order):

1. Meaningful work. They experience inner satisfaction and a strength that comes from making a difference. They are happy from the inside out.

2. Qualifications are on the cutting edge. They’re driven by an ongoing desire for new...

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Wall Street Christians (The emotional conflict of God and Money)

In today’s fast-paced world where a minute lost is a dollar spent it is becoming harder and harder for modern day Christians to separate their beliefs from their everyday actions and activities. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the workplace, where everything is subject to collective scrutiny.

Many practicing Christians in positions of authority or those whose roles require guiding and managing others are constantly realizing that it is much harder to actually “Practice what you Preach.” For those whose everyday activity involves the manipulation and fabrication of capital, this can be an even greater challenge. The term “greed is the route of all-evil” can be a bidirectional emotional conflict. It’s hard to be a Samaritan when all through the year your primary focus is on ensuring you attract the highest bonus.

Karina Cole, a counselor at Emotional Care Associates has hands-on experience with working in the world of business and finance, whil...

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Things Our Therapists Say

Currently, if you go to a social gathering or event, you will frequently hear the words “my therapist says…”, which often provokes empathy, curiosity, and maybe additional disclosure from others. Contrary to times past, you are very unlikely to face any awkwardness or judgment from people. Actually, some people think it’s cool.

But what is behind this modern trend? What has caused this willingness to spill all of our most private thoughts and feelings in front of a professional who is paid to hear our frustrations?

Every single day, millions of people in the developed world wake up to the same sequence of events — our daily lives use up so much of our time and energy that it is inevitable that we lose a certain amount of awareness. We may also have to adopt certain behavior patterns that are not true to our identity in order to get by. Therefore, it is also inevitable that we will seek a place to open up and be our true self. This full disclosure often ...

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