MEET DR. CRAIG MALKIN


Dr. Malkin brings 20 years of experience to his work helping couples, individuals, and families overcome a range of emotional concerns and move beyond their current struggles to live richer, fuller lives. His unique, practical approach to helping people break out of painful romantic patterns combines an in depth knowledge of the science of attraction with a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of what makes relationships work.

MEET DR. MALKIN

No single approach works with everyone. Good therapy is as much art as science, and any advice or insights I have to offer can only succeed if they fit well within your present life. I’m a big believer in supporting people where they are, so I spend a lot of time exploring your strengths, to see if we can use them to help you move forward. Change rarely involves a complete overhaul in how you live your life. Our most powerful moments of personal growth generally strike a healthy balance between accepting things as they are and striving to make them better.

You can probably also tell from glancing at my site that I place relationships front and center in my thinking. That’s because the research on psychological change and growth—including studies on self-esteem, depression, anxiety, loss, and a host of other concerns—have pointed again and again to the importance of the people around us, in either helping us move forward or holding us back. It isn’t enough to want to change; you also need an environment that supports your efforts, including people who can appreciate your attempts to grow. What I’ve learned through my training, research, and practice, is that the process of overcoming any number of problems often involves changes in how we interact.

 

I also believe in an unconscious mind; the evidence is overwhelming at this point that we often perform a range of behaviors without always knowing precisely why. If I think an unconscious habit is causing you trouble, I’ll help you use that insight to keep yourself moving forward. The notion of an unconscious mind is currently embraced by just about every psychological perspective (people mainly disagree about what’s in it); in my case, I’m strongly influenced by a school of thought called relational psychoanalysis, which holds that many of our habits—helpful or unhelpful—stem from a healthy desire to feel like whole, genuine people while still maintaining intimacy with the people we care about. This doesn’t mean the past determines us. If anything, these newer ideas about the unconscious place greater emphasis on how we maintain our problems through our present behavior.

Having said all this, I should add that I’m also heavily influenced by research on what works. If a technique is known to be particularly effective with anxiety, I’ll use it to help you. For that reason my approach is often called integrationist: I’ve been trained in a range of techniques and schools of thought, and in any given session I might be drawing on several in an attempt to help you. My clients are used to hearing me refer to one study or another in the course of our conversations. I love reading about what works, and I love sharing it. I think it makes me a better psychologist and a better writer.

~ Dr. Craig Malkin


PROFESSIONAL BIO

Dr. Craig Malkin is Lecturer in Psychology for Harvard Medical School and licensed psychologist with over two decades of experience in helping couples, individuals, and families. His research on the role of relationships in psychological growth has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and PsychologyToday.com has called his blog Romance Redux “an essential read.” He is also a frequent contributor to Huffington Post.

After teaching in local universities, Dr. Malkin became a Psychology Instructor at Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Hospital, in Cambridge Massachusetts, where he taught interns, residents, and fellows the theory and practice of psychotherapy. In 2003, he left this position to expand his private practice and continued to supervise and teach for Harvard Medical School’s training program.

Dr. Malkin’s advice and insights on a wide range of topics within his areas of expertise have been featured in major national and international on-line and print media magazines and newspapers, including Match.com’s Happen Magazine, Marie Claire, and Women’s Health, as well as popular TV and radio news shows. He continues to practice full time in Harvard Square, in Cambridge Massachusetts, and serves as president and director of his own therapy and consulting company, YM Psychotherapy and Consultation, Inc., which he owns and operates with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Leigh.

EDUCATION

PhD, Clinical Psychology – University of Missouri
Internship, Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts Mental Health Center)
Post-doc, Harvard University Mental Health Services

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Full CV available upon request.

RETHINKING NARCISSISM

WELCOME! I’M DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MY NEW BOOK, RETHINKING NARCISSISM: THE SECRET TO RECOGNIZING AND COPING WITH NARCISSISTS, (HARPERCOLLINS, 2015) IS AVAILABLE TO BUY ONLINE AND IN BOOK STORES NOW.


The internationally acclaimed book named Amazon's Book of the Month, Daily Mail's Book of the Week, featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network, in the New York Times, the cover story in Psychology Today, and selected as The Millions "most anticipated book of the year".

“Is there someone in your life who's hurting you and you just don't know it? In this Harvard researcher's illuminating—reads-like-a-novel—book, he reveals how to identify and repair your relationships to live with more fulfillment.” Oprah’s Book Club 2.0

When most of us hear the word narcissism or narcissist, we envision vain, preening, braggarts who can’t stop talking about themselves. But most of the time, we’ve got it wrong; many narcissists aren’t driven by looks, fame, or money—some may even be shy or soft-spoken. The startling truth is we’ve been distracted by an empty stereotype that blinds us to far more reliable signs of danger—and an entire generation is suffering because of it.

In Rethinking Narcissism, Dr. Craig Malkin—a Harvard Medical School Instructor and clinical psychologist with more than two decades of experience—offers a radically new model for understanding this often misused term. Narcissism, argues Dr. Malkin, is essentially a spectrum of self-importance— and everyone falls somewhere on the scale between utter selflessness and total arrogance. When we casually invoke the term “narcissist,” most of us are referring to the shadowy outer edge of the spectrum, which can shade into dangerous psychopathy. Yet there are also those who live at the lower end of the spectrum—dubbed “echoists” by Dr. Malkin. These, too, are people we know; people so fearful of attention or acknowledgment that they often seem to have no voice at all.

Drawing on his own research, as well as the latest findings in psychology, Dr. Malkin uses vivid stories of people from all walks of life to teach concrete strategies for spotting--and coping with--excessive narcissism. At the same time, he explains why embracing some degree of narcissism—the drive to feel special— is essential to maintaining a healthy sense of self-worth. Using his new tool, the Narcissism Test, he not only guides readers through the process of measuring their narcissism, but also offers step-by-step advice to prevent unhealthy narcissism—and nurture healthy narcissism— in ourselves, as well as our partners, our colleagues, our friends, and especially our children.

As practical as it is wise, Rethinking Narcissism doesn’t just help people avoid the temptations and dangers of extreme narcissism—and narcissists—in both the real world and cyberspace; it helps everyone, including people who don’t feel special enough, find their voices and live more passionate, fulfilling lives.

Rethinking Narcissism has enjoyed international expert and critical acclaim for its exciting blend of empirical rigor, down to earth, practical strategies, and compelling story telling. In it you’ll discover:

  • A novel, research-derived test, which measures both healthy narcissism and subtler forms of unhealthy narcissism.

  • A new way of understanding—and breaking—our attraction to narcissists: *Echoism*. You'll learn what it is, and how to cope with it.

  • The 3 varieties of narcissists: introverted, extroverted, and communal and what they all have in common

  • 5 ways to quickly recognize even the subtlest narcissists.

  • A 2-part, research-informed approach to determining, in three weeks or less, if you should stay or go

  • 8 evidence-based parenting strategies for preventing unhealthy narcissism in children

  • 6 empirically-informed approaches for coping with unhealthy narcissism at work.

  • SoWe: 5 research grounded, concrete rules for healthy social media use.

Order your copy today to learn practical tips on how to cope with and understand narcissism, whether you see it in your friends, lovers, family members—or yourself.


INSIGHTS INTO RETHINKING NARCISSISM


 

THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Malkin, a therapist and psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School, takes a more inspirational attitude..."


THE INDEPENDENT

"[A] fascinating book."


DAILY MAIL

Rethinking Narcissism was named by The Daily Mail as Book of the Week 

"A gripping and sometimes terrifying book that will make you look anew at your spouse, your parents, your children, your friends, your enemies, your fellow workers and - perhaps most pertinently - your reflection in the mirror. And if your reflection pleases you far more than any of the others, you probably won't like what you read."


OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2.0

"The book that protects you from narcissists.”


PSYCH CENTRAL

"Among all the books that have been published on the topic in the past 10 years, Rethinking Narcissism: The Secret To Recognizing And Coping With Narcissists stands out as a definite must-read." 


THE MILLIONS

Rethinking Narcissism was chosen by The Millions as one of the most anticipated books of 2015


TODD KASHDAN, PhD

"Certainly one of the best books I've read this year. Don't be fooled by the title.. this book is for anyone trying to better understand themselves and other people." - Todd Kashdan, PhD, Professor of Psychology, George Mason Universityauthor of The Upside of Your Dark Side


LIBRARY JOURNAL

"This is a true gem on the subject of narcissism.”


KIRKUS REVIEW

"[Dr. Malkin’s] reassuring tone and plethora of case histories offer considered advice and generous encouragement.”


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"...a book that will have readers rethinking themselves and, paradoxically, those around them.”


BOOKTRIB

"Thank you, Dr. Malkin, for saying what needed to be said and clearing things up for me. For all of us."


GRETCHEN RUBIN

“Dr. Malkin offers a surprising, accessible analysis of narcissism.” - Gretchen Rubin, best selling author of Better than Before and The Happiness Project


Dr. Drew Pinksy

“[Dr. Malkin] shows us how to…manage relationships with narcissistic partners, friends, colleagues, and family.” - TV’s Dr. Drew Pinksy, author of The Mirror Effect


Dr. Sue Johnson

"…an enthralling book…it will become a classic.”  - Dr. Sue Johnson, bestselling author of Hold Me Tight and Love Sense


Dr. Peggy Drexler

“…a book that’s persuasive. Insightful, and never dry.”  - Dr. Peggy Drexler, author of Raising Boys Without Men and Our Fathers. Ourselves


Leon F. Seltzer PhD

“If you’re to buy just one book on narcissism, this is the one to purchase.”  - Dr. Leon F. Seltzer, PhD., author of Paradoxical Strategies in Psychotherapy


Peg Streep

“...gives us all a coherent way of talking about a much-discussed but often over-simplified and over-dramatized subject in these “look at me” times.”  - Peg Streep, bestselling author of Mean Mothers: Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt


Sunday Times Magazine

"Narcissists. They’re everywhere…Not according to Dr. Craig Malkin, whose new book suggests we’ve got it all wrong”



THE NARCISSISM TEST

This informal, brief version of the Narcissism Spectrum Scale (NSS), derived from Dr. Malkin's Narcissism Spectrum Model, offers you a rough sense of where you fall in the spectrum. Being too high and too low on the spectrum are both associated with problems. If you know where you fall, you can work on moving towards the healthy center of the spectrum, which comes with a host of benefits, including, greater self-confidence, a passion for life, and mutually caring relationships.

The scale breaks down into three “factors.” Think of these like three large piles the items fall into mathematically. All three are related to narcissism (or the lack of it). But they predict dramatically different patterns of behavior. Each factor is also a rough indicator of different positions on the narcissism spectrum. After you take the test, you’ll receive your result and some tips based on your scores. Your results are strictly confidential.



ARE YOU READY? LET'S GO...


Tom Wootton

"Chock full of eminently practical advice on how to cope with the dangers of narcissism, in ourselves and others, Rethinking Narcissism brings much needed compassion and clarity to one of the most vexing problems in mental health without ever resorting to false hopes or naivete. In that way, the book itself is special.”—Tom Wootton, Huffington Post Blogger and author of The Bipolar Advantage


RED MAGAZINE

"Is there a narcissist in your life? Chances are, the answer’s yes—here’s how to spot them.”


JOSEPH SHAY PHD

"If you’re only going to read one book about narcissism this is it. It’s not only eminently accessible for the lay audience and professional alike, but it offers a profound analysis of the nature of narcissism and common misunderstandings about it. Add to this Dr. Malkin’s penetrating insights, his superb ability to tell a good story, and his courage in disclosing elements of his own story, and you wind up with this remarkable book.— Joseph Shay, PhD Lecturer Harvard Medical School, co-author of Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy and co-editor of Odysseys in Psychotherapy and Complex Dilemmas in Group Therapy.


IRENE OESTRICH, CHEFSPSYKOLOG, PH.D.

"Craig Malkins book is another step in the direction of a broad and inclusive psychological understanding of human behaviour and a step away from prejudice and narrow concepts of the human mind.— from the book's foreword by Irene Oestrich, chefspsykolog, Ph.D.


 

THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Malkin, a therapist and psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School, takes a more inspirational attitude..."


THE INDEPENDENT

"[A] fascinating book."


DAILY MAIL

Rethinking Narcissism was named by The Daily Mail as Book of the Week 

"A gripping and sometimes terrifying book that will make you look anew at your spouse, your parents, your children, your friends, your enemies, your fellow workers and - perhaps most pertinently - your reflection in the mirror. And if your reflection pleases you far more than any of the others, you probably won't like what you read."


OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2.0

"The book that protects you from narcissists.”


PSYCH CENTRAL

"Among all the books that have been published on the topic in the past 10 years, Rethinking Narcissism: The Secret To Recognizing And Coping With Narcissists stands out as a definite must-read." 


THE MILLIONS

Rethinking Narcissism was chosen by The Millions as one of the most anticipated books of 2015


TODD KASHDAN, PhD

"Certainly one of the best books I've read this year. Don't be fooled by the title.. this book is for anyone trying to better understand themselves and other people." - Todd Kashdan, PhD, Professor of Psychology, George Mason Universityauthor of The Upside of Your Dark Side


LIBRARY JOURNAL

"This is a true gem on the subject of narcissism.”


KIRKUS REVIEW

"[Dr. Malkin’s] reassuring tone and plethora of case histories offer considered advice and generous encouragement.”


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"...a book that will have readers rethinking themselves and, paradoxically, those around them.”


BOOKTRIB

"Thank you, Dr. Malkin, for saying what needed to be said and clearing things up for me. For all of us."


GRETCHEN RUBIN

“Dr. Malkin offers a surprising, accessible analysis of narcissism.” - Gretchen Rubin, best selling author of Better than Before and The Happiness Project


Dr. Drew Pinksy

“[Dr. Malkin] shows us how to…manage relationships with narcissistic partners, friends, colleagues, and family.” - TV’s Dr. Drew Pinksy, author of The Mirror Effect


Dr. Sue Johnson

"…an enthralling book…it will become a classic.”  - Dr. Sue Johnson, bestselling author of Hold Me Tight and Love Sense


Dr. Peggy Drexler

“…a book that’s persuasive. Insightful, and never dry.”  - Dr. Peggy Drexler, author of Raising Boys Without Men and Our Fathers. Ourselves


Leon F. Seltzer PhD

“If you’re to buy just one book on narcissism, this is the one to purchase.”  - Dr. Leon F. Seltzer, PhD., author of Paradoxical Strategies in Psychotherapy


Peg Streep

“...gives us all a coherent way of talking about a much-discussed but often over-simplified and over-dramatized subject in these “look at me” times.”  - Peg Streep, bestselling author of Mean Mothers: Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt


Sunday Times Magazine

"Narcissists. They’re everywhere…Not according to Dr. Craig Malkin, whose new book suggests we’ve got it all wrong”


NEW ENGLAND PSYCHOLOGIST

"...will interest anyone who is intrigued about narcissism, what it means, where it comes from. ..[Dr. Malkin's] empiricist side shines through.— New England Psychologist.



Welcome friends and fans. Thank you for following my work and sharing your feedback. I deeply appreciate the thoughtfulness and gratitude so many of you have conveyed in your comments and messages. I’ve been moved not only by the pain and power of your stories, but the courage you’ve shown in sharing them. I wish I could reply to each of you, at length, but due to the volume of correspondence I receive, I’m no longer able to. But please know that I read all your questions and comments and often address the issues they raise in my articles. One other disclaimer: HIPPA law restricts psychologists from providing therapeutic advice or conducting sensitive conversations through social media or email. I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. If you’d like to set up a confidential face-to-face, skype, or phone consultation, please call my office: 617-491-1660. You can find fees here. I‘m grateful your interest and support! - Craig Malkin.


THIS IS THE WAY TO PROTECT YOUR KIDS FROM PATHOLOGICAL NARCISSISM

Monday, April 02, 2018

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THE LINK BETWEEN NARCISSISM AND DRUG ADDICTION

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Here's the sixth in this series of unseen video snippets, where I share some bitesize pieces of information on the subject of narcissism. The paperback version of my critically acclaimed book Rethinking Narcissism, with updated material and resources was just released on July 5th, so if this subject interests you, you can buy the book here!

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The Spectrum: From Echoism to Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Here's the fifth in this series of unseen video snippets, where I share some bitesize pieces of information on the subject of narcissism. The paperback version of my critically acclaimed book Rethinking Narcissism, with updated material and resources was just released on July 5th, so if this subject interests you, you can buy the book here!

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Narcissism In Relationships

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Here's the fourth in this series of unseen video snippets, where I share some bitesize pieces of information on the subject of narcissism. The paperback version of my critically acclaimed book Rethinking Narcissism, with updated material and resources, was just released on July 5th, so if this subject interests you, subscribe below to receive updates!

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Join Me For 'Real Narcissists' - The Rethinking Narcissism Paperback Online Launch Event!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

We've kicked off! As of yesterday, now everywhere books are sold--in stores and online--you can get your copy of Rethinking Narcissism in paperback! I want to thank you - my family, friends, colleagues, readers and community for getting the book launch off to an awesome start.

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Narcissism Example Couples Therapy

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Here's the third in this series of unseen video snippets, where I share some bitesize pieces of information on the subject of narcissism. The paperback version of my critically acclaimed book Rethinking Narcissism, with updated material and resources, is out on July 5th, so if this subject interests you subscribe below to receive updates as we countdown to the release!

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7 Hours Of CEC Credit For Rethinking Narcissism

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

As you may be aware this is the final month for mental health professionals to obtain their licensing hours through continuing education credits. Upon completion of the CE test based on my internationally acclaimed book, Rethinking Narcissism you’ll learn how to:

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Does Narcissism Appear In Neuroimaging?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Here's the second in this series of unseen video snippets, where I share some bitesize pieces of information on the subject of narcissism. The paperback version of my critically acclaimed book Rethinking Narcissism is out on July 5th, so if this subject interests you subscribe below to receive updates as we countdown to the release!

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What's The Basic Definition Of Narcissism?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

I'm excited to release the first in this series of unseen video snippets, where I share some bitesize pieces of information on the subject of narcissism. The paperback version of my critically acclaimed book Rethinking Narcissism is out on July 5th, so if this subject interests you subscribe below to receive updates as we countdown to the release!

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Proof, Once and for All, That Narcissists Are Deeply Insecure

Monday, February 01, 2016

There’s a long standing belief, reinforced by books like The Narcissism Epidemic, that narcissists actually feel great about themselves, despite everyone’s suspicion—dating back to age old wisdom about schoolyard bullies—that no one who has to push people down to feel bigger than everyone else on the planet could possibly possess anything even approaching healthy self-regard.

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Why do We Keep Falling For Narcissists?

Friday, December 11, 2015

People often ask me what’s new about Rethinking Narcissism.

And the answer is—well, quite a lot: a new definition of narcissism (that explains why there are so many “types” of narcissists), the real reason millenials got such a bad rap, the secret to dealing with narcissistic coworkers, friends, and loved ones—the list goes on. But one of the ideas that resonates most for people who read my work is the concept of echoism—and how it draws us, unwittingly, into relationships with extremely narcissistic friends and partners.

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Rethinking Narcissism is on Sale through 11/30!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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The Biggest Online Narcissism Event Of The Year 2015!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

I'm so excited to have this opportunity to officially announce the launch of my brand new podcast I’m hosting called, The Dr. Craig Malkin Show, and to celebrate the launch I have a very special event planned for you that I think you're going to love, where I’ll be giving away 5 copies of my book, plus you could win a personal consultation with me, valued at $400!

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Does Over Praise Really Cause Narcissism In Children?

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Most of us want to raise caring and self-confident children, but does telling your children they're special too often and pouring on the praise mean you'll raise a narcissistic brat?

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The Difference Between Echoism And Healthy Introversion

Thursday, October 01, 2015

At a recent book signing I responded to an excellent question, "What's The Difference Between Echoism And Healthy Introversion?"

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Realizing My Mother Was A Narcissist

Thursday, September 17, 2015

It's extraordinarily helpful for me to draw on personal experience in my work with clients. It adds a depth of emotion and understanding that's hard to reach when I don't bring some of myself into the room. That's one of the reasons I openly talk about my relationship with my mother inside my book Rethinking Narcissism. She introduced me to the topic in the most immediate and vital way possible. And I couldn't have imagined introducing you, the reader, to narcissism, without describing the very struggles that brought me to the topic in the first place. I thought I'd share some of the background from the introduction of my book. I'd love to hear from you in the comments if you've had anyone in your life you've suspected of being a narcissist, and want to share how that's affected you.

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Oprah's 12 Most Frequently Asked Questions on Narcissism

Thursday, September 03, 2015


A Guide For Voters In The Elections

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Here in America, we're a little over a year away from casting our votes for the next President of the United States. Campaigns are underway to help convince the public who they should vote for. Which potential leaders and their actions deserve your praise? My recent article on the Huffington post (that's currently had almost 5,000 likes/shares) indicates that we all want to make smart, informed decisions about the answer to that question.

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Relationships, Passion, Sex and Narcissism...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I was delighted to be interviewed recently on "Passion" with Laurie Betito on my new book, Rethinking Narcissism. In this interview we talk relationships, social media and living with Narcissism - listen to the audio or read the transcript! I'd love to read your comments!

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Not All Narcissists Are Equal

Thursday, August 13, 2015

You saw it here first, extroverted and introverted narcissism, and a recent article inside NYMag.com highlights not just my thoughts on the matter, but what the research is telling us... "It's just a mess with all these different terms. At the common core, these are people who are addicted to feeling special. It's just that there are a lot of ways to do it."

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Please Tell Me If You See My Kids Doing This

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Not Your Average Mom recently wrote a popular post urging parents to tell her when her kids are “assholes”—especially when they’re bullies.

And I couldn’t agree more. But I’m not sure most of us have trouble doing that.

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The Real Problem with Rachel Dolezal

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Last week, I was interviewed by The Telegraph about Rachel Dolezal. I’ll repeat here what I said then: No one creates a false self, narcissistic or otherwise, if they feel securely loved.

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Can Abuse be Invisible?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Recently, I was interviewed by Elle magazine for a piece on emotional abuse—an important and all too often neglected topic. One reason it’s so often overlooked is that there are no laws against name calling, putdowns, and mind games, though there should be. Broken legs mend far more easily than broken selves. But the fact that legislation ignores the danger of emotional abuse seems to mirror the way our society, in general, appears to look the other way.

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#SoWe: How To Use Social Media to Improve Our Lives

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Is social media use good or bad for us?

Research is mixed when it comes to answering that question, with some studies claiming that social networking can expand and enhance our relationships and others coming to more troubling conclusions.

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One Simple Question that Can Help You Feel Better

Friday, May 01, 2015

Recently, my colleagues, Shannon Kolakowski, PsyD, Heidi Reeder, PhD, and Ben Michaelis, PhD, and I were interviewed for Forbes, in an article called Recovering Resilience: 7 Methods For Becoming Mentally Stronger. It’s a topic near and dear to my heart, but it’s also one that’s happily become central to discussions of mental health and wellbeing.

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Love is Blind...and Numb? Why You Can't Always Feel When Love Hurts

Friday, January 07, 2011

from my article on Psychology Today's Blog (Read the original Psychology Today article here)

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After teaching at local universities, Dr. Malkin became a Chief Psychologist at Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Hospital, in Cambridge Massachusetts, where he instructed interns, residents, and fellows in the theory and practice of psychotherapy. In 2003, he left this position to expand his private practice and continued to supervise and teach for Harvard Medical School’s training program. Read More...

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Dr. Malkin opened YPC in 1999, following many years as a university educator, and his tenure as a Chief Psychologist at Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Hospital. Dr. Leigh is also a Harvard affiliated psychologist and an Emotionally Focused Therapy certified couple’s therapist, who regularly presents at couples workshops and conferences.

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When a user visits our website, we collect information about the visit that does not identify the user personally. We track information such as the domain from which the user is visiting and the user's browser type. We also collect specific information regarding the user's session on our website. This includes items such as the date and time of the visit and the pages viewed.

Sometimes we ask a user to voluntarily provide personally identifiable information (PII). This information generally includes, but is not limited to, name, e-mail address, postal address, and telephone number. We request this information when the user requests one of the following:

  • To register to attend an on-line seminar or demonstration

  • To receive specific information from us such as a whitepaper or code sample

  • To sign up for a mailing list

  • To correspond with us

  • Or any other such activity that we deem necessary

Dr. Malkin does not collect any personally identifiable financial or health-related information. We do not intentionally collect information from children under the age of 13.

How is the information used?

Non-personally identifiable information (non-PII) is collected to allow us to analyze how our website is used and to improve the content and service the website provides.

Personally identifiable information is collected for analysis to improve the content of the website and the services we provide the user.

Dr. Malkin owns the collected information and will not sell, trade, or rent the information to others. We may use the information to continue contact with the user. This may include contact such as follow-up calls, e-mail correspondence, or mail correspondence to follow-up on the contact or to provide marketing information about promotions, new services, or important website changes. [[Clients Name]] may share this information with its business partners for the specific purpose of a promotion or service offering.

Are "Cookies" used on the website?

"Cookies" are small pieces of information that are placed on a web user's hard drive. We may use cookies to provide you with better service. Cookies are pieces of information that a Web site transfers to your computer's hard disk for record-keeping purposes. Cookies can make the Web more useful by storing information about your preferences for a particular site. The use of cookies is an industry standard, and many major Web sites use them to provide useful features for their customers. Cookies in and of themselves do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user's computer. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of the functionality of the site if you do so.

How is personally identifiable information safeguarded?

Dr. Malkin utilizes industry standard methods and mechanisms such as firewalls, intrusion monitoring, and passwords to protect electronic information. Multiple physical security methods such as locking devices and 24 hour premise monitoring are also employed. Finally, access to PII is limited to a small number of personnel and on a need-to-know basis.

Links to other web sites

Dr Malkin's web site may contain links to other internet web sites. Dr. Malkin neither controls nor endorses external sites and is not responsible for the content of such sites. This policy does not cover the privacy policies and data collection practices of non-Dr. Malkin web sites.

How to opt out of correspondence

Based on the information a user has provided, Dr. Malkin may send e-mail correspondence to the user. Each correspondence will contain an easy means to opt out of further correspondence.

YPC, Inc. 

Craig Malkin, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

12 Arrow St. Suite 210 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139; (617) 491-1660

zoom: [email protected] 

INFORMED CONSENT FOR TELECOACHING

This Informed Consent for Telecoaching contains important information focusing on doing coaching/consulting  using the phone or the Internet. Please read this carefully, and let me know if you have any questions.  When you sign this document, it will represent an agreement between us.

 

Coaching & Psychotherapy

In addition to being a coach, I am also a licensed in MA (U.S.A.), with training and experience in diagnosing and treating emotional problems. While there are some similarities between coaching and psychotherapy, they are very different activities, and it is important that you understand the differences between them. Psychotherapy is a health care service and is usually reimbursable through health insurance policies.  This is usually not true for coaching. Both coaching and psychotherapy utilize knowledge of human behavior, motivation and behavioral change, and interactive counseling techniques. The major differences are in the goals, focus, and level of professional responsibility.  

The focus of coaching is development and implementation of strategies to reach client-identified goals of enhanced performance and personal satisfaction.  Coaching may address specific personal projects, life balance, relationships, emotional and self-states, job performance and satisfaction, or general conditions in the client’s life, business, or profession. Coaching utilizes personal strategic planning, values clarification, brainstorming, skill building, emotional regulation, relaxation techniques, pattern identification across relationships (and changing such patterns), motivational counseling, and other counseling techniques. The focus of psychotherapy is the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. I am not licensed to provide such services outside of MA. And while coaching of the kind I provide can help people with mental health struggles, for severe mental help concerns, it must be supplemented with in person psychotherapeutic support. Remote consultations limit the depth and extent of professional responsibility in precisely this way (including the inability to provide 24/7 emergency support, which must be provided locally). 

MEETINGS

I normally conduct an evaluation that will last 4 sessions. During this time, we can both decide if I am the best person to provide the services you need in order to meet your treatment goals. Once an appointment hour is scheduled, you will be expected to be responsible for it unless you provide 48-hours advance notice of cancellation. It is important to note that insurance companies do not provide reimbursement for cancelled sessions.  If your circumstances are such that you are forced to frequently cancel your regularly scheduled appointments—even with 48-hours notice—we will have to negotiate a new way to handle the scheduling.

 

PROFESSIONAL FEES

Our Consultation fee for a 50 minute session is $620.00. In addition to weekly appointments, we charge this amount for other professional services you may need, though I will break down the hourly cost if I work periods of less than one hour. Going forward  all charges will be made to that card on the day of services. Our office runs the card in the morning to catch any problems so we don’t spend time in session updating your information. Other services include report writing, telephone conversations lasting longer than 5 minutes, consulting with other professionals with your permission, preparation of records or treatment summaries, and the time spent performing any other service you may request of me. If you become involved in legal proceedings that require my participation, you will be expected to pay for all of my professional time, including preparation and transportation costs, even if I am called to testify by another party. In general, if you have need of psychological evaluation for legal purposes, our policy is to refer you to an expert in legal-forensic evaluation processes.


Benefits and Risks of Telecoaching 

Telecoaching refers to providing coaching/consulting services remotely using telecommunications technologies, such as video conferencing or telephone.  One of the benefits of telecoaching  is that the client and clinician can engage in services without being in the same physical location. This can be helpful in ensuring continuity of care if the client or clinician moves to a different location, takes an extended vacation, or is otherwise unable to continue to meet in person. It is also more convenient and takes less time. Telecoaching , however, requires technical competence on both our parts to be helpful.  Although there are benefits of telecoaching , there are some differences between in-person coaching/consulting  and telecoaching , as well as some risks.  For example:

  • Risks to confidentiality.  Because telecoaching sessions take place outside of the consultant ’s private office, there is potential for other people to overhear sessions if you are not in a private place during the session. On my end I will take reasonable steps to ensure your privacy. But it is important for you to make sure you find a private place for our session where you will not be interrupted.  It is also important for you to protect the privacy of our session on your cell phone or other device.   You should participate in consulting  only while in a room or area where other people are not present and cannot overhear the conversation.

  • Issues related to technology.  There are many ways that technology issues might impact telecoaching .  For example, technology may stop working during a session, other people might be able to get access to our private conversation, or stored data could be accessed by unauthorized people or companies.

  • Crisis management and intervention.  Usually, I will not engage in telecoaching with clients who are currently in a crisis situation requiring high levels of support and intervention.  Before engaging in telecoaching , we will develop an emergency response plan to address potential crisis situations that may arise during the course of our telecoaching  work.

  • Efficacy. Some consultants believe that something is lost by not being in the same room. For example, there is debate about a consultant ’s ability to fully understand non-verbal information when working remotely.

Electronic Communications

We will decide together which kind of telecoaching service to use.  You may have to have certain computer or cell phone systems to use telecoaching services. You are solely responsible for any cost to you to obtain any necessary equipment, accessories, or software to take part in telecoaching .

For communication between sessions, I only encrypted messaging with your permission and only for administrative purposes unless we have made another agreement. My system is self-scheduling. You may cancel it yourself up to 48 hours from the time of the appointment. Please be aware that if you message me to cancel instead of doing it yourself, I may not be available to receive the message in time and I’ll have to charge for the missed hour. You should be aware that I cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any information communicated by email or text. Therefore, I will not discuss any clinical information by email or text and prefer that you do not either. Also, I do not regularly check my email or texts, nor do I respond immediately, so these methods should not be used if there is an emergency.

Our work is most effective when discussions occur at your regularly scheduled sessions.  But if an urgent issue arises, you should feel free to attempt to reach me by phone. I will try to return your call within 24 hours except on weekends and holidays.  If you are unable to reach me and feel that you cannot wait for me to return your call, contact your family physician or the nearest emergency room and ask for the psychologist or psychiatrist on call.  If I will be unavailable for an extended time, I will provide you with the name of a colleague to contact in my absence if necessary.

Confidentiality

I have a legal and ethical responsibility to make my best efforts to protect all communications that are a part of our telecoaching. However, the nature of electronic communications technologies is such that I cannot guarantee that our communications will be kept confidential or that other people may not gain access to our communications. I will try to use updated encryption methods, firewalls, and back-up systems to help keep your information private, but there is a risk that our electronic communications may be compromised, unsecured, or accessed by others.  You should also take reasonable steps to ensure the security of our communications (for example, only using secure networks for telecoaching sessions and having passwords to protect the device you use for telecoaching ).  

The extent of confidentiality and the exceptions to confidentiality that I outlined in my Informed Consent still apply in telecoaching. Please let me know if you have any questions about exceptions to confidentiality.

Uses and Disclosures with Neither Consent nor Authorization

I may use or disclose PHI without your consent or authorization in the following circumstances: 

  • Child Abuse: If I, in my professional capacity, have reasonable cause to believe that a minor child is suffering physical or emotional injury resulting from abuse inflicted upon him or her which causes harm or substantial risk of harm to the child's health or welfare (including sexual abuse), or from neglect, including malnutrition, I must immediately report such condition to the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.
  • Adult and Domestic Abuse: If I have reasonable cause to believe that an elderly person (age 60 or older) is suffering from or has died as a result of abuse, I must immediately make a report to the Massachusetts Department of Elder Affairs.
  • Health Oversight: The Board of Registration of Psychologists has the power, when necessary, to subpoena relevant records should your clinician be the focus of an inquiry.
  • Judicial or Administrative Proceedings: If you are involved in a court proceeding and a request is made for information about your diagnosis and treatment and the records thereof, such information is privileged under state law and we will not release information without written authorization from you or your legally-appointed representative, or a court order. The privilege does not apply when you are being evaluated for a third party or where the evaluation is court-ordered. You will be informed in advance if this is the case.
  • Serious Threat to Health or Safety: If you communicate to me an explicit threat to kill or inflict serious bodily injury upon an identified person and you have the apparent intent and ability to carry out the threat, I must take reasonable precautions. Reasonable precautions may include warning the potential victim, notifying law enforcement, or arranging for your hospitalization. Your clinician must also do so if they know you have a history of physical violence and believe there is a clear and present danger that you will attempt to kill or inflict bodily injury upon an identified person. Furthermore, if you present a clear and present danger to yourself and refuse to accept further appropriate treatment, and your clinician has a reasonable basis to believe that you can be committed to a hospital, they must seek said commitment and may contact members of your family or other individuals if it would assist in protecting you.
  • Worker’s Compensation: If you file a workers’ compensation claim, your records relevant to that claim will not be confidential to entities such as your employer, the insurer and the Division of Worker’s Compensation.

Client’s Rights and Behavioral Healthcare Clinician’s Duties

Client’s Rights:

  • Right to Request Restrictions You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information about you. However, I am not required to agree to a restriction you request. 
  • Right to Receive Confidential Communications by Alternative Means and at Alternative Locations You have the right to request and receive confidential communications of PHI by alternative means and at alternative locations. 
  • Right to Inspect and Copy – You have the right to inspect or obtain a copy (or both) of PHI and psychotherapy notes in my behavioral/mental health and billing records used to make decisions about you for as long as the PHI is maintained in the record. Your clinician may deny your access to PHI under certain circumstances, but in some cases, you may have this decision reviewed. On your request, your clinician will discuss with you the details of the request and denial process. 
  • Right to Amend – You have the right to request an amendment of PHI for as long as the PHI is maintained in the record. I may deny your request. On your request, I will discuss with you the details of the amendment process. 
  • Right to an Accounting – You generally have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of PHI for which you have neither provided consent nor authorization (as described in Section III of this Notice). On your request, I will discuss with you the details of the accounting process. 
  • Right to a Paper Copy – You have the right to obtain a paper copy of the notice from me upon request, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically.

 

Behavioral Healthcare Clinician’s Duties:

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  • I am required by law to maintain the privacy of PHI and to provide you with a notice of legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI.
  • I reserve the right to change the privacy policies and practices described in this notice. Unless I notify you of such changes, however, I am required to abide by the terms currently in effect. 
  • If I revise the practice’s policies and procedures, I will inform you at your next scheduled visit and/or will mail you a written notice.

Effective Date, Restrictions and Changes to Privacy Policy

This notice went into effect on April 14, 2003.

I reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and to make the new notice provisions effective for all PHI that I maintains. I will provide you with a revised notice at least one week before any change to this notice. 

Appropriateness of Telecoaching

 

From time to time, we may schedule in-person sessions to “check-in” with one another. I will let you know if I decide that telecoaching is no longer the most appropriate form of treatment for you.  We will discuss options of engaging in in-person counseling or referrals to another professional in your location who can provide appropriate services. 

Emergencies and Technology

Assessing and evaluating threats and other emergencies can be more difficult when conducting telecoaching  than in traditional in-person consulting. To address some of these difficulties, we will create an emergency plan before engaging in telecoaching services.  I will ask you to identify an emergency contact person who is near your location and who I will contact in the event of a crisis or emergency to assist in addressing the situation.  I will ask that you sign a separate authorization form allowing me to contact your emergency contact person as needed during such a crisis or emergency. 

If the session is interrupted for any reason, such as the technological connection fails, and you are having an emergency, do not call me back; instead, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Call me back after you have called or obtained emergency services. 

If the session is interrupted and you are not having an emergency, disconnect from the session and I will wait two (2) minutes and then re-contact you via the telecoaching platform on which we agreed to conduct consulting . If you do not receive a call back within two (2) minutes, then call me on the phone number I provided you . 

Fees

The same fee rates will apply for telecoaching as apply for in-person coaching/consulting . However, insurance or other managed care providers may not cover sessions that are conducted via telecommunication. If your insurance, HMO, third-party payor, or other managed care provider does not cover electronic coaching/consulting  sessions, you will be solely responsible for the entire fee of the session.  Please contact your insurance company prior to our engaging in telecoaching sessions in order to determine whether these sessions will be covered.

Records

The telecoaching sessions shall not be recorded in any way unless agreed to in writing by mutual consent.  I will maintain a record of our session in the same way I maintain records of in-person sessions in accordance with my policies.

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