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9 Tips for Talking to Teens about Dating and Relationships

It happened. You knew it would, but you didn’t think it would happen so quickly. In spite of any hope you had of slowing down the clock, you woke up one day to find that your... Read More

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Dreaming Is Believing: A Method for Analyzing Dreams

Many of us are taken with our dreams. There are different systems for translating the images of the night into the language of the day. At the temple of Aesculapius in ancient Greece... Read More

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The Most Important Thing You Can Say to a Sex Abuse Survivor

A friend, loved one, or family member pulls you aside to talk. He or she is normally quiet and reserved; this seems out of the ordinary. “I have something very important to tell you.... Read More

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When Emotional Primacy Strays: The Many Shades of Infidelity

Several years ago, I was eating an ice cream cone on the patio of a walking mall under a summer azure sky when I noticed a woman sitting alone at a table adjacent to mine. I recognized... Read More

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Helping Couples Sustain Love that Lasts a Lifetime

What makes some couples thrive over the long haul? Relationships challenge us to grow in many ways, and over time, certain behavioral patterns and barriers to intimacy may appear to... Read More

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An Introvert’s Guide to Thriving in an Extroverted Workplace

It’s Monday morning, and you head straight to your office. Your top priority is to check email and get situated. You prepare your agenda for the upcoming staff meeting so that there... Read More

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Why Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence Should Be a Priority

So often, parents focus on their child’s level of academic intelligence as a predictor for future success. It goes without saying that children who do well academically typically... Read More

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5 Tips for Helping a Depressed Friend or Loved One

When someone is depressed, he or she may struggle to communicate with those closest to him or her. It can be confusing and at times frustrating, too, to love someone with depression.... Read More

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Resensitization: Coming Back to Life after Trauma

Trauma dysregulates the body. It moves energy levels away from baseline to extremes of hyperarousal (“too much,” panic, overwhelm) and sometimes hypoarousal (“low,” lethargy,... Read More

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How to Handle Aggression in Your Child

In a culture saturated with violent images, parents naturally worry about their children and the influence of these images on their behavior. The question of whether being exposed to... Read More

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Perfectly Fine: 5 Tips to Overcome Unhealthy Perfectionism

Everyone has an image of a “perfectionist” in their mind—the person with the meticulously organized house, the work desk without a pencil out of place, who works fervently day... Read More

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‘Hoover Maneuver’: The Dirty Secret of Emotional Abuse

People encounter those with narcissism in love, work, and family relationships. When I provide psychotherapy for survivors of narcissistic abuse, one of the first steps in the healing... Read More

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Study Explores How Busy Schedules Affect Well-Being

February 26, 2015   .   1 Comment

If you’re like most people, you spend some portion of every day stressed about time, obligations, and your ability to get everything done. In an increasingly fast-paced world,... Read More

Criticism Continues of Kaiser’s Mental Health Services

February 25, 2015   .   4 Comments

In September 2014, GoodTherapy.org reported on the California Department of Managed Health Care’s decision to fine Kaiser Permanente $4 million for delaying and denying mental... Read More

Study Explores Effects of How People Think about Stress

February 25, 2015   .   No Comments

If you’ve ever tossed and turned in bed endlessly worrying about money, your career, or your relationship, you know that anticipation of stress can be just as bad as the stress... Read More

Hunger Might Make You Spend More—and Not Just on Food

February 24, 2015   .   4 Comments

If you’ve ever grocery-shopped while hungry, only to return home with hundreds of dollars worth of food you don’t need, don’t like, or don’t want, you probably... Read More

Is the Science Behind Some Antidepressants Backward?

February 23, 2015   .   4 Comments

Antidepressants rank third among the most common prescriptions, with 23% of middle-aged women and 14% of non-Hispanic white people taking the drugs. For many people who have struggled... Read More

President Signs Clay Hunt Act, and Other News

February 20, 2015   .   8 Comments

In 2011, Clay Hunt, a decorated Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, committed suicide after struggling with depression and posttraumatic stress. Last week, President Obama signed... Read More

Does Acupuncture Work Only If You Think It Will?

February 19, 2015   .   7 Comments

Acupuncture, which involves the shallow insertion of needles into strategic points on the body, remains an ongoing source of scientific study. Some research suggests that it can be... Read More

Study Uncovers Rampant Sleep Deprivation among Teens

February 18, 2015   .   5 Comments

Parents have lamented the “laziness” of teens for generations, but a new study offers a wake-up call to those who think teens sleep too much. According to the study, which will... Read More

Could an Implant Slow Alzheimer’s-Related Brain Damage?

February 17, 2015   .   2 Comments

Almost one in seven adults over the age of 71 has some form of dementia, and an aging baby-boomer population means the number of people living with—or caring for someone with—dementia... Read More

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Mom's Leaving Me with Hurt, Guilt, Resentment, and Anger

First, I want to tell you that you are absolutely entitled to all of your feelings—even the ones that seem to contradict each other. Relationships are very complex; there is room for many ... Read more »

Three Jobs, Two Kids, One Disabled Mom, and No Hope. Help!

I have to admit that when I first read your letter I felt overwhelmed. I was a single mother myself for several years, many years ago. Your voice called up those years, and I remembered how tired I ... Read more »

I Caught My Mom Cheating and She Begged Me to Keep It Secret

I'm so sorry you find yourself in this position. I imagine you feel like you either have to be disloyal to your mom and tell your dad, or be disloyal to your dad and keep this secret from him. That ... Read more »

Another Abandonment? My Therapist Won't See Me Anymore!

It’s easy to understand why you feel hurt; your experience with this therapist is a reminder of previous Read more »

Childhood Trauma Left Me Feeling Worthless and Depressed

Thank you for your question. Boy, oh boy were you put through the wringer. My heart ached to read of your experiences. I suppose the short version of my answer would be to see a therapist soon as you ... Read more »

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