One of the concerns I hear most frequently from therapists is how to use social media for private practice and remain professional and ethical.
Fortunately, there are many great examples of psychologists and counselors who are using social media ethically and have built a solid following.
I often refer to the professionals listed here as role models of great twitter use by psychotherapists.
11 Therapists to Follow on Twitter
@DrCraigMalkin – 18.1K followers
Craig Malkin might look familiar due to his regular publications, syndication, and TV appearances. Dr. Malkin earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2000. One of his subjects of particular note is narcissism, and his 2013 article “Five Early Warning Signs You’re with a Narcissist” ended up going viral. Malkin’s book on the same topic is scheduled for release in 2015, but in the meantime his updates can be found on Twitter.
@KimBlackham - 5.4K followers
Kim Blackham LMFT doesn't have the same large following or years of experience as the others on this list, but I felt it important to mention her. I have been following her twitter use for some time and am impressed at the sheer volume of quality content she posts both by sharing her own and retweeting others. I have seen her following grow enormously in the short time I have known her and I am confident her following will soon outrank the others on this list.
@STurkle – 14.8K followers
Sherry Turkle’s area of interest is particularly relevant to our current era. She discusses people’s relationship to technology, so her Twitter feed is regularly filled with interesting tech-info. Turkle has written a number of books – such as Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other – and frequently appears in the media discussing claims that our fast-paced technological world may be leaving us lonelier and less able to really communicate with one another.
@MelissaMcCreery – 15.5K followers
Melissa McCreery investigates the psychology behind overeating based on her research as a Ph.D. and an M.A. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University. McCreery set up the website toomuchonherplate.com, which provides women with a tailored program to help them have power over their relationship with food. Her Twitter feed is an accessible selection of inspiring quotes, links and updates to aid dieters on their journey.
@PsyBlog – 22.1K followers
Jeremy Dean established his PsyBlog website in 2004, and it has since gone on to attain more than one million hits a month. It has also been recognized by high-profile media outlets such as the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The New York Times, among others. Dean decided to launch the site after becoming aware of the lack of intelligent and accessible news with a psychological slant.
@Julie_Hanks - 10.9K followers
Julie de Azevedo Hanks, MSW, LCSW is a self-care evangelist, author, relationship expert, media contributor, blogger, speaker, songwriter, and licensed therapist with 20 year experience counseling women, couples and families. In addition to owning Wasatch Family Therapy, LLC and serving as executive director, Hanks is an emotional health and relationship expert on TV and radio. She also authored the book The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide for Overwhelmed Women.
@neuropsychblog – 29.8K followers
Psychology blogger Anthony Risser can be found writing at his BrainBlog website,neuropsychological.blogspot.com. Here, he provides educational articles to his readers, many of whom are students. Risser has many years’ experience in the field of clinical neuropsychology and achieved his Ph.D. in the subject from the University of Victoria in 2004. His twitter following growth in a short time period is truly remarkable.
@amplifiedgood - 11.3K followers
Yeah, okay this is me from my private practice site, Amplified Good, but I thought this list could seem a little intimidating, I mean, all these folks have been at it for years. That said, I think I am holding my own, in one year on twitter I grew my following from 0 to 2100, and in the last two months with focus I boosted well past my goal of 10K. Check out my feed to see what I am doing with the social media knowledge I have gained.
@DrMelanieG – 36.3K followers
Melanie Greenberg has a private clinic in California and is recognized worldwide for her work on chronic pain, trauma, stress and coping strategies. She completed her psychology bachelor’s degree in South Africa and earned her Ph.D. at New York’s Stony Brook University. She has more than 50 academic pieces to her name and played a role in drawing up national protocols for the treatment of long-term pain. Greenberg is prolific on Twitter, having tweeted over 76,000 times. She is also known as a role model for women in the field of social media for her use of twitter.
@drkkolmes – 87.5K followers
Keely Kolmes is an avid Twitter user – which is perhaps not surprising, considering the fact that one of her key research areas investigates the clinical and ethical concerns surrounding the internet and psychotherapy. This is precisely who she makes an excellent model to follow. Kolmes owns a clinic in San Francisco where she treats clients for anxiety, sexual concerns, grief, and more. In 2003 she obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology. She is an advisory member of Without My Consent, a hub of information and debate on online privacy incursions.
@RichardWiseman – 132K followers
Richard Wiseman started his career as a magician before taking up a degree in psychology at University College London and earning a psychology doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. He has been described as “the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today.” He is currently Professor of Psychology at England’s University of Hertfordshire and has written half a dozen books discussing topics such as the paranormal, self-help, psychology and luck. Needless to say, his tweets make very fascinating reading.
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