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Self-Portrait for the Soul: How I Healed with Art Therapy

About a year ago, I was working as an art therapist in private practice and I had a 12-year-old client struggling with anxiety and figuring out who she was in the world. I asked her... Read More

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The Dynamics of Abuse Within Families and Relationships

It is the nature of abuse within families to be as behaviorally nuanced and emotionally complex as the individuals involved. Relationship abuses nearly inevitably reveal a life-draining... Read More

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Unhappy Campers: Helping Kids Deal with Homesickness

Feeling homesick or anxious is normal when children are away from home, and these feelings do not mean that something is wrong with your child. Children of all ages can get homesick,... Read More

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Psyching Yourself Up for Psychotherapy

You have taken an enormous step toward expanding your understanding of why you think and do what you do. Most people don’t stop to think about their operating systems until things... Read More

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5 Keys to Keeping Love Alive through the Graveyard Shift

Editor’s note: How do egalitarian couples with a shared goal of equal partnership navigate differing work demands? In deciding what to address this month for her ongoing series about... Read More

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Living with Uncertainty: How to Cope During Ambiguous Times

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is... Read More

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4 Big Ways We Can Change Mental Health Care in America

When President Obama addressed the nation in his January 2015 State of the Union speech, he made only two vague references to mental health, despite it being an issue that impacts millions... Read More

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Hey, Parents, Here’s a Radical Idea: Don’t Yell at Your Kids

As the new year rolls on, I keep thinking about the idea of radical change. My first idea has to do with losing my temper with my kids. Here’s a radical thought: What if I just stopped? The... Read More

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Losing Hope for Love: What It Means to Work on Yourself

After experiencing relationship disappointments such as breakup or divorce, it can be hard to move forward and have hope that you will find love again. In today’s online dating world,... Read More

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‘What Do You Do?’ Breathing New Life Into an Old Question

When you meet someone, you know it’s coming. Social niceties dictate a certain order of operations—a “What is your name?” followed by a “Where are you from?” and perhaps... Read More

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Revisiting Childhood Wounds in the Context of Couples Work

In November 2014, I wrote an article titled How Couples Therapy Can Help Heal Childhood Wounds. This article is a response to some of the comments that were made. Some agreed with the... Read More

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You Found Out Your Partner Uses Porn. Now What?

In today’s world, pornography use has become quite common. In fact, 40 million Americans are regular visitors to pornographic sites, 12% of all websites are pornographic in nature,... Read More

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Want a Better Relationship With Your Kids? Promote Autonomy

January 31, 2015   .   1 Comment

As any parent who’s spent any time reading parenting books is keenly aware, parenting fads come and go. The “Tiger Mom” of yesterday is today’s villain. From debates... Read More

Ryan Gosling Memes Might Make You a Feminist, and Other News

January 30, 2015   .   3 Comments

Feminism, the belief that men and women are equal and the political movement designed to support this equality, is relatively unpopular among men, with only 16% identifying as feminists.... Read More

Could Psychedelic Drugs Protect Against Suicidal Thoughts?

January 29, 2015   .   4 Comments

When you contemplate LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, you’re more likely to picture a scene from Woodstock than a person pursuing better mental health. Research, though, is increasingly... Read More

Study Speaks to Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace

January 28, 2015   .   4 Comments

Every year, about one in four Americans experiences a mental health issue such as depression, addiction, or posttraumatic stress. These conditions often necessitate time off from work... Read More

Study Suggests Music’s Effects Are Similar Across Cultures

January 27, 2015   .   4 Comments

Though music is growing increasingly global as musicians extend their reach to far-flung regions of the world, there’s no denying that music is still somewhat culturally specific.... Read More

Mental Health Workers May Not Recognize Their Own Burnout

January 26, 2015   .   5 Comments

Mental health workers such as social workers, psychologists, and therapists deal with a seemingly endless stream of trauma, depression, and negativity in their work with people. Though... Read More

Writing Your Way to Well-Being, and Other News

January 23, 2015   .   10 Comments

The healing power of the pen is increasingly playing a role in therapy, support groups, and psychiatric hospitals. A number of studies, for instance, have found that writing can help... Read More

Study Suggests a Possible Link Between Epilepsy and ADHD

January 22, 2015   .   3 Comments

Epilepsy can be a challenging, exhausting experience. According to New York University’s Langone Medical Center, about half of all adults with uncontrolled epilepsy experience... Read More

Is Hearing Voices Part of the ‘Normal’ Human Experience?

January 21, 2015   .   5 Comments

Mental health stigma is alive and well, but some conditions are more stigmatized than others. Schizophrenia, which can lead to a disconnection from reality called psychosis, remains... Read More

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

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 »

After 32 Years, I'm Ready to Leave My Wife and Take a Chance

Thank you for reaching out and asking these important questions. I appreciate how hard it is to ask for help and I’m really glad you did. I am going to share my thoughts on your situation as ... Read more »

I Badly Want to Be a Mom, but Fear I'll Have to Go It Alone

You are neither crazy nor too old. You are also not alone in having your dream of motherhood deferred. There are many women ... Read more »

My Boyfriend Thinks We Need a Gun, but I Worry He's Paranoid

Now that’s what I call a loaded question. (Sorry, that was bad!) Let me start over. Thank you for your interesting question. My very biased response is that, on the face of it, a Read more »

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