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DR DANIEL MARSTON'S CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY BLOG

Hello. My name is Dr. Daniel Marston and this is my blog. I am a licensed psychologist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I have been a practicing psychologist for over the past 20 years and provide psychotherapy and assessment services for children, teenagers and adults. I am also Board Certified in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

In addition to my clinical work, I am the author of two books for clinical professionals: "Comparative Psychology for Clinical Psychologists and Therapists" (Jessica Kingsley Publishing) and "Autism & Independence: Assessments & Interventions To Prepare Teens For Adult Life". (PESI Publishing). I also teach statistics and research design in online and traditional graduate programs in counseling and clinical psychology.

I started this blog to share my opinions and perspectives on clinical issues that I think are important. It is meant to be helpful to other clinicians by providing different ways of looking at these issues and possibly giving something they haven't considered before. It is not written with any particular focus or theoretical orientation but just is a way for more to share what I have gained from years of practice, teaching and research with others.

DISCLAIMER: The information and resources contained in this blog are for informational purposes only and are not intended to assess, diagnose, or treat any medical and/or mental health disease or condition.



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Confronting "It's Too Much" In Psychotherapy

Posted on January 3, 2022 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (11)

 

My therapeutic approach is one focused on helping people rethink some of the words they use. I follow an approach associated with "Relational Field Theory" emphasizing that many difficulties are associated with people generalizing how they approach one part of their lives to other areas.

 

 

 

Today I had the chance to see this in action when a patient talked about how their stress was overwhelming. They legitimately described it as "overwhe...

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Social Distancing Blog Post

Posted on April 13, 2020 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (214)

This is a blog post on Social Distancing that I recently had publihsed on the Psychology Today website:




Filtering out the Irrelevant Garbage

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (90)

This is a blog post I wrote recently for the "Psychology Today" website.  It is about how people often feel bad about themselves because they given too much weight and importance to negative statements and behaviors from other people.  Being able to focus more on material that is actually important and filter out material that actually has no meaning or important is one way to improve how we feel about ourselves.

Here is the link to the blog post:

https://www.psychologyt...

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Why Play Is So Important For Children

Posted on October 6, 2019 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (103)

Here is a post that I recently had published on the "Psychology Today" website:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/comparatively-speaking/201909/understanding-why-play-is-so-important-children

Autism & Psychotherapy

Posted on October 6, 2019 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (92)

Here is a link to a post that I recently had published on the site Psychotherapy.com:

https://www.psychotherapy.net/blog/title/psychotherapy-and-autism

Why You Don't NEED Friends

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (98)

I had the following post added to my blog on the "Psychology Today" website.  It discusses the importance of helping people recognize that doing things alone should be more acceptable and that having friendships and serious social relationships is often emphasized too much.  I think this is very important for clinicians to keep in mind when working with clients who have social difficulties.  Focusing too much on "making friends" can often be counterproductive for some people wh...

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Fixing a Major Gap in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Posted on May 8, 2019 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (217)

One of my concerns about modern clinical and counseling psychology is the degree to which any aspect that recognizes human complexity has been removed. Complex clinical decision-making and case formulation have been replaced by mechanical views of the therapy process. Clinical manuals rule the treatment approaches many clinicians take. These manuals provide a “paint-by-numbers” approach (a term first used in Silverman, 1996) where specific steps guide each treatment decision. ...

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