Dr. Katherine Nordal

Dr. Katherine Nordal

I am the executive director of professional practice at the American Psychological Association. But before coming to APA in 2008, I was a practicing psychologist in Vicksburg, Mississippi, for more than 30 years. I treated adults, children, teens and families in a number of areas, including stress-related disorders. My other interests include learning, behavioral and emotional disorders in children and teens, neuropsychological assessment, brain injury in children and adults, and civil forensic psychology.

Posts by Dr. Katherine Nordal:

How to help a struggling friend when your advice isn’t enough #therapyworks

#Howto help when a friend or family member is in emotional crisis. http://t.co/nDNwCuVwmG #therapyworks— APAHelpCenter (@APAHelpCenter) November 10, 2013
If you saw your friend unable to walk because of a broken leg, you probably wouldn’t try to fix it yourself, and you probably wouldn’t tell your friend to just “deal with it and be strong.” No, …[Read More]

Choose Psychotherapy: Another Treatment Option

As mental health advocates observe and blog about World Mental Health Day today, the American  Psychological Association (APA) wants to draw attention to psychotherapy as an effective treatment option for depression and other mental health issues.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression affects more than 350 million people globally.  And in the United States, …[Read More]

5 Reasons You Should Choose Psychotherapy #therapyworks

Depression and anxiety are common, affecting millions of adults in our country. And many people who need professional treatment don’t get it. But for those who do seek help,  the first course of recommended treatment  is often medication.
But there is another treatment choice available to everyone: Psychotherapy. Not only has research shown that psychotherapy is effective …[Read More]

What a Blood Test for Depression Really Means

Before I begin talking about the recent news of a blood test detecting depression, I want to remind everyone that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and tomorrow this blog is hosting its annual Mental Health Month Blog Party. If you have a blog or contribute to one, please join us and spread the word …[Read More]