David Godot, Psy.D.

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Category Archive • January 18, 2018

What To Think About Before You Start Therapy

September 29, 2009

When you’re considering psychotherapy, you should remember that the most important aspect of the treatment, in terms of predicting whether it will be effective for you, is the relationship itself. A deeply trusting and cooperative relationship with your therapist must be developed in order for all the other things that need to happen to happen. […]

Aging Brains Only Shrink When They’re Sick

September 9, 2009

It is well known that the average brain size of elderly people is smaller than that of younger ones. Most doctors and scientists have decided that this is a normal part of aging. However, it turns out that this may not be the case. A new study in the APA journal Neuropsychology used a highly controlled sample […]

Mental Health Parity: A Policy Analysis

September 9, 2009

Although psychological and addictive disorders have come to be recognized as common and treatable conditions within the medical profession and even among the general population, the United States health care system is still lagging behind. Insurance companies do not provide equal coverage for mental health services, and most Americans lack access to even basic mental […]

Hypnotizability May Be Unrelated To Dissociation & Cognitive Inhibition

September 8, 2009

The prevailing theories of hypnotic susceptibility hold that the ability to experience hypnotic phenomena is a function of either dissociative capacity or of attentional control. However, an upcoming study in the journal Consciousness And Cognition claims to challenge both of these ideas. The researchers administered the Waterloo-Stanford Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility (Form C), the Dissociative Experiences […]

Early Recollections And The Lifestyle

September 7, 2009

A few years ago, when I was only just beginning to learn about Adlerian theory and therapy, I attended a workshop given by Al Milliren for the Chicago Adlerian Society. The topic was the evolving nature of the lifestyle. At this time I had barely begun taking doctoral classes at the Adler School of Professional […]

Re-Branding Psychology: Why Therapists Have Got It All Wrong & What We Can Do About It

August 23, 2009

The field of psychology is suffering a crisis of identity which is devaluing its services and damaging its practitioners. The problem, in my opinion, is the paradigm of mental health versus mental illness. “Mental illness” is a terribly stigmatizing descriptor, and “mental health” is not a sufficiently attractive construct to warrant the average person subjecting themselves to the […]

Completed My Doctoral Psychotherapy Practicum

June 28, 2009

As of Wednesday evening my psychotherapy practicum is complete! I spent the year externing on the Valeo Intensive Outpatient Unit at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital. Lakeshore is a freestanding psychiatric hospital, and the IOP unit is located a couple blocks away in a separate building. Many of the patients I saw there were transitioning from inpatient […]

Chicago GLBT Behavioral Health Training Consortium

June 25, 2009

My doctoral psychotherapy practicum on the Valeo Intensive Outpatient Unit at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital focused on the treatment of mentally ill substance abusers within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community. Valeo is one of three GLBT-focused treatment programs in the Chicago area, along with Howard Brown and The Center on Halsted. These three […]

Hermann Rorschach & The Amazing Technicolor Inkblot

May 19, 2008

On a psychodiagnostic residency, where your job is just to understand people, one of the tools you use is the famous Rorschach Inkblot Test. In this test, the patient is shown a standard series of pictures created by squirting ink onto a page and then folding the page over. They are then asked to describe […]

Psychotherapy vs. Medication Management

May 8, 2008

Rose writes: Can I get treated for depression? I’ve just been prescribed new antidepressants and sedatives and I’m really frightened but feel I have no alternative as I can’t function normally.   Thanks for writing in, Rose. Your question touches on an issue that has stirred up a great deal of controversy over the last […]

How To Enjoy The Simple Pleasures

April 17, 2008

A nice, relaxed meal; a slow walk on a sunny spring day; time alone with loved ones. It’s an accepted wisdom that the little things in life are often the most enjoyable. The more you allow yourself to stay in the moment and focus in on the simple pleasures, the better your overall quality of […]

We Live in Memories and Dreams

April 11, 2008

In my recent article on hypnosis, I mentioned that we don’t live in the present moment. We live in memories and dreams. This is an idea that will not be unfamiliar to those with a mystic bent, but the rest of you may suspect that there is some craziness going on here. In fact, there […]

8 Myths About Hypnosis

April 9, 2008

Hypnosis is a sort of spooky and misunderstood phenomenon. Most of what people generally know about hypnosis comes from movies and stage performers, not real clinical hypnotists. You may not even realize that clinical hypnosis is a very well-established and scientifically validated medical practice. It’s used by psychotherapists, physicians, nurses, dentists, and anesthesiologists to produce […]

Finishing Psychodiagnostic Practicum

April 7, 2008

At this point in my clinical training, I have spent nearly a year on what is called the psychodiagnostic practicum. What that means is that my main job for the last year, as a psychodiagnostic extern at the Diamond Headache Clinic inpatient unit, has been to figure out what psychological factors are playing a role in […]

Knowing Your Tells: Body Language and Unconscious Communication

March 31, 2008

People communicate with each other constantly, and in ways we hardly ever even realize. You heard that right: even a truly prolific writer is unlikely to ever match in written words the sheer volume of information that is constantly transmitted to the people around them, in the form of body language, expressions, small gestures, barely […]