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Little Johnny Doesn’t Care, You Say? Not So Fast, Parents

By the time families reach my office, things at home are often in crisis. Parents are frustrated and frazzled by their son’s or daughter’s actions and they have run out of ideas.... Read More

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Good Communication Begins Within

Have you ever asked yourself, “What am I trying to say here?” or, “Why do I sound like I’m making my case to a courtroom judge? This is my partner/friend!”... Read More

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With Compulsive Shoppers, There’s More Than Meets the Eye

“How does my relationship with money correlate with my spending addiction?” a woman asked me recently when she phoned for a consultation. It was a fair and good question, one I... Read More

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When Cross-Dressing Puts Relationships in the Crosshairs

A long time ago, my (much older) bachelor next-door neighbor confided in me that his pleasure in life was purely “sartorial.” Unfamiliar with the term, I ran to my dictionary... Read More

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Is It Introversion or Social Anxiety?

Is it introversion or social anxiety? Yes! And no, not at all! Often when people come in for counseling for the first time, after talking about how they’ve managed life so far, they... Read More

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Relationship Problems? 10 Steps to Creating More Intimacy

Relationships can be very challenging at times. Although we may care deeply for our partner, we sometimes struggle with communicating our needs in a healthy and assertive way. Because... Read More

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Technology and Therapy, Part I: Essential Tips for Therapists

Since the inception of psychoanalysis, the one-on-one meeting of therapist and client has remained largely unchanged. The practice of therapy is rooted in interpersonal communication,... Read More

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The Truth about Psychotropic Medications in Pregnancy

The debate rages on over the safety of psychotropic medications during pregnancy. Those who oppose the use of antidepressants can produce scores of articles and scattered studies illuminating... Read More

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Does Your Mood Change with the Seasons?

Fall is finally here, bringing with it cooler nights and darker mornings. Along with the temperature and light changes, many people are also dealing with back-to-school changes for... Read More

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Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone with Suicidal Thoughts

When it was revealed that actor/comedian Robin Williams took his own life in early August, millions of people were in shock. For Williams’ family, friends, and fans alike, the... Read More

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3 Steps to Healing Trauma that Everyone Should Know

Most people have had a traumatic experience of some kind. While many of us learn to cope and be resilient in the face of trauma, others may become overwhelmed. Trauma is an overwhelming... Read More

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Happy in Solitude: The Joy of Being an Introvert

I am primarily an introvert. Growing up, I didn’t give it much thought. I just remember that I enjoyed my alone time and would get annoyed if my mother pressured me to go out and... Read More

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Want Your Teen’s Behavior to Improve? Encourage More Sleep

October 1, 2014   .   No Comments

Many people know at least one teenager who seems to do nothing but sleep. While parents and well-meaning relatives might attribute this to typical adolescent laziness, recent research... Read More

Does Perfectionism Increase Suicide Risk?

September 30, 2014   .   4 Comments

The quest for a perfect life can be a fruitless and sometimes destructive journey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 40,000 people commit suicide in the United... Read More

GoodTherapy.org Raises Funds for Community Suicide Prevention Walk

September 29, 2014   .   2 Comments

On Saturday, September 27, 2014 GoodTherapy.org team members participated in the Out of the Darkness walk for suicide awareness organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention... Read More

Bullying by Siblings Linked to Self-Harm, Depression

September 29, 2014   .   4 Comments

Most parents are concerned about bullying at school and online, but they may not notice the bullying that takes place right in front of them: bullying between siblings. According to... Read More

Kids’ Mental Health Impacted by Strict, “Tiger Mom” Parenting

September 27, 2014   .   7 Comments

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua’s controversial 2011 book, advocates a highly controlling and often punitive style of parenting. A new study that looked specifically... Read More

A GoodTherapy.org Review of ‘A Secret Safe to Tell’

September 26, 2014   .   3 Comments

A new children’s book, A Secret Safe to Tell, was written to help children understand that it’s okay to tell someone when they have been hurt or inappropriately touched by someone... Read More

Transforming Gender Norms to Prevent Violence, and Other News

September 26, 2014   .   5 Comments

Georgetown University’s Safe Passages study endeavors to understand and root out the causes of gender-based violence. Building upon previous research showing that unequal gender... Read More

Simple Test May Detect Alzheimer’s Before Symptoms Appear

September 25, 2014   .   4 Comments

Researchers at York University have found that a thinking and movement test could help diagnose Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear. Doctors typically diagnose Alzheimer’s... Read More

Stress, Stigma Increase Domestic Violence in Same-Sex Couples

September 24, 2014   .   3 Comments

Studies revealing the prevalence of domestic violence in intimate partnerships have traditionally focused on opposite-sex relationships while domestic violence issues among same-sex... Read More

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Topic Experts answer your questions about psychotherapy, mental health, and relationships.

Am I Depressed?

Determining whether you meet the criteria for diagnosis of a depressive issue would require a face-to-face session ... Read more »

Am I Having Flashbacks of Childhood Sexual Abuse?

It can be hard to know for certain whether what you have been experiencing is, in fact, a series of previously repressed Read more »

Will I Ever Find Love?

You rate yourself a 6 out of 10 on the looks scale and write that you are caring and compassionate. You say you cook well, and I take that to mean that you are good at taking care of others. ... Read more »

Help! I'm in Love with My Best Friend's Ex!

Your friend is going to be hurt. There is no way around that. When you made the choice to start hanging out with your best friend's ex without telling her, that's when you made the decision to hide ... Read more »

My Wife Wants an Open Marriage. I Don't. Now What?

Thanks for your question. I can only imagine your bewilderment and confusion; things are humming along fine and suddenly, out of nowhere, your wife is asking you to play the “keys in the bowl” ... Read more »

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