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Right Relationships: The Awe of Seeking Forgiveness

Consider the following hypothetical situations: You and your sibling had an argument when one of your parents died, and both of you said things to the other that were very hurtful. You... Read More

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The Secret to Ending Procrastination? Keep Your Pajamas On

Vinyasa yoga, integral yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, chair yoga, yoga therapy—I love them all, but pajama yoga is what I do in the morning. Pajama yoga is yoga plus—a secret... Read More

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Everyone Needs Help from Time to Time—Therapists Included

“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” ―César Chávez My first assignment in graduate school was to write an essay about my experiences in life of asking... Read More

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Mental Health Stigma Contributes to High Veteran Suicide Rate

When soldiers are killed in battle, families grieve and nations mourn for some of their bravest citizens. However, wars claim thousands of lives even decades after agreements have been... Read More

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Judge Not: The Problem with Parent-Shaming

My 8-year-old had a quiet but furious tantrum at a friend’s recent birthday party. Her tantrums have graduated from flailing and screaming when she was younger, to basically freezing... Read More

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Repairing Infidelity Begins with Asking Why It Happened

The act of infidelity raises many questions. The questions are mainly generated by the hurt partner and directed toward the unfaithful partner. Unfortunately, not nearly enough questions... Read More

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10 Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues

In my private practice, there is often an uptick of depression and resurgence of grief among people who seek my help between Halloween and Valentine’s Day. It’s not uncommon for... Read More

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Relationships and Work Demands: Finding Time to Connect

Editor’s note: How do egalitarian couples with a shared goal of equal partnership navigate differing work demands? This series will consider common power struggles in such relationships,... Read More

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Stigma: Come at Me, If You Can!

Mental illness stigma is out of control. In past years we have been to Iraq; businesses have been bailed out; crazy oil spills have destroyed underwater life; people are just now waking... Read More

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5 Keys to Emotional Wellness

Staying active and motivated throughout the day, week, or month can be difficult. This becomes even harder to achieve when we neglect our mental well-being. Unfortunately, for many... Read More

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Why Hiding Who We Are Hurts Us

In my first meeting with Nora and Jeff, Nora told me (actually, she was yelling and crying): “He’s so passive, he’s driving me crazy. Jeff never lets me know what he’s thinking.... Read More

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5-Step Mindful Walk: Reconnecting with Yourself after Cancer

“When I’m in turmoil, when I can’t think, when I’m exhausted and afraid and feeling very, very alone, I go for walks. It’s just one of those things I do. I... Read More

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#WinterWellness Twitter Chat Scheduled for December 11

November 26, 2014   .   No Comments

GoodTherapy.org will be hosting a Twitter chat for the second time on December 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific. The theme of the December 11 discussion will be mental health concerns that... Read More

Could a Bad Marriage Literally Break Your Heart?

November 26, 2014   .   No Comments

A broken heart has become synonymous with the pain of romantic rejection and bad relationships. According to a new Michigan State University study, though, a bad marriage could quite... Read More

Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Effective?

November 25, 2014   .   4 Comments

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) seeks to help people identify negative or unhealthy thoughts, replace those thoughts with healthier thoughts, and in so doing, change their behavior... Read More

Most People Elect to Harm Themselves Before Harming Others

November 24, 2014   .   3 Comments

If you spend enough time on social media or watching the news, you might think the world is full of cruel and selfish people. A University College of London study has found that nothing... Read More

Gene for Severe Form of Epilepsy Discovered, and Other News

November 21, 2014   .   8 Comments

Epilepsy comprises more than just one neurological abnormality. Instead, this group of seizure-causing neurological disorders has a number of causes that can be genetic, environmental,... Read More

Cannabinoids Demonstrate Potential in Treating Brain Cancer

November 20, 2014   .   5 Comments

Although medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states plus the District of Columbia, its use remains controversial. Opponents point to concerns about drug addiction, brain damage, and... Read More

Want to Promote an Ethical Environment? Cleanliness Is Key

November 19, 2014   .   5 Comments

Popular wisdom suggests that a messy work space is the product of a creative and unique mind. At least one study has found support for this claim, noting that a messy space can be a... Read More

Are Girls Taught to Be More Emotionally Attuned Than Boys?

November 18, 2014   .   3 Comments

There’s a broad assumption in our culture that women are just more emotionally intelligent than men. But women’s superior emotional intelligence is anything but a settled fact,... Read More

How Do Rape Victims Feel When Rape Kits Are Left Untested?

November 17, 2014   .   4 Comments

The development of DNA evidence revolutionized the prosecution of rape cases, making it much more difficult for rapists to deny sexual contact with their victims. In 2009, though, various... Read More

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

Help! I Can't Stop Thinking about My Therapist

Although I can’t know what is happening in your therapy and how this may pertain to your question, clearly this is an important issue, and I hope you will discuss it directly with your therapist. I ... Read more »

I Can't Seem to Focus Anymore. Is Something Wrong with Me?

That sounds very frustrating. It also sounds like it might be causing you some anxiety, which might be perpetuating ... Read more »

My 7-Year-Old Son Likes Dolls, Dresses, and Make-Up. Help!

I hear your struggle and pain, and you are not alone. It is so hard to know just what the right thing to do for your kids may be when you see them potentially heading down a road that could make ... Read more »

At 37, I Want to Stay a Virgin—but I Want a Relationship, Too

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself in your question. Though you didn't use the term, it sounds like you could be describing yourself as Read more »

Should I Give My Emotionally Abusive Husband Another Chance?

You are in a tough spot. You have been married for 16 years, and of course there’s a part of you that would love to see him change and spare all of you the challenges that come with restructuring ... Read more »

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