This blog is part free, part paid. This hybrid model of blogging is not new, but has been strongly influenced by my experience over the years with media interviews and internet contacts through my websites. Basically, I am an “old school” psychologist who believes in ‘giving psychology away’ to those who want or need it; this has become hugely more difficult with the advent of insurance companies, licensing regulations, and limits on the inter-state and inter-country practice of psychology and has served to limit consumer access to experienced and practiced behavioral health providers, although some of these limits have been loosened by the demands placed on health care by COVID19 and its extenuating circumstances.

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