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Top 5 Articles on Domestic Violence from GoodTherapy.org

The topic of domestic violence entered the media spotlight well ahead of Domestic Violence Awareness Month this year. October has been dubbed domestic violence awareness month since... Read More

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The Psychological Wounds of Domestic Violence

For many people, there are few things that evoke a more reassuring sense of warmth, comfort, stability, and safety than going home. Many people see their home as a personal stronghold—a... Read More

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I’m OK, You’re Not OK … and That’s Perfectly OK

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re in a good mood, but then you talk to a friend who’s not doing so well and suddenly you feel conflicted? You want to support your friend,... Read More

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When Sex Hurts: 3 Options for Women Who Experience Pain

According to leading research, the prevalence of women who experience vaginal pain is 9.3%, but the figure is even higher (up to 13%) for women between the ages of 20 and 30. For some,... Read More

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Applying the ‘Four Agreements’ to Autism Parenting, Part I

Several years ago, I picked up a book that transformed my life. The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz, is one of my favorites, and one that I recommend often to people who seek my... Read More

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The Stages of a Relationship (and the Purposes They Serve)

Many people believe that if you meet the right person and fall in love, you are meant to be with this person. That there won’t be anything you will ever want to change about them.... Read More

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Practice Generosity for a Loving and Compassionate Heart

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” —Rabindranath Tagore One of the ways we come into balance and... Read More

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3 Steps to Unburdening Yourself from Perfectionist Thoughts

Perfectionism is one of those things that carry both positive and negative qualities, making it a tricky and complicated issue to understand. If you are detail-oriented or want the... Read More

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How Meditation Can Help You Navigate Grief

Grieving the loss of a loved one can be a horribly lonely experience. It is natural to assume that others don’t really understand or “get” our loss. Although we hope to find people... Read More

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4 Benefits of Sharing Your Smile or a Laugh

Have you ever busted out in good, hearty laughter for a couple of minutes and then felt a rush of blissful joy? You know the kind of laugh we’re talking about; the one where you have... Read More

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PTSD in Military Families: 3 Ways You Can Help

Recently, a person I work with in therapy told me about a friend of his with two young children. The man, a former Marine who spent time in Afghanistan, is aggressive toward his wife... Read More

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Inside Hakomi Therapy: Acclimating to the Process

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts exploring Hakomi experiential psychotherapy. Part I appears here. “To notice what arises inside, without judgment, is the... Read More

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Autism Linked to Air Pollutants, and Other News

October 17, 2014   .   2 Comments

A researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has found evidence of a connection between a rise in autism rates and an increase in air pollution levels. Amy Kalkbrenner, a public... Read More

Study Finds Common Anesthetic May Alleviate Symptoms of PTSD

October 16, 2014   .   2 Comments

Posttraumatic stress (PTSD), which results from a traumatic life experience, can upend a person’s life, resulting in intrusive memories, nightmares, anxiety, depression, fear,... Read More

Does Gender Equality in Marriage Benefit Men, Too?

October 15, 2014   .   2 Comments

Opponents of gender equality have long argued that both men and women lose something when the sexes are treated equally and share duties. The results of a research project that dates... Read More

The Factors That Predict a Stable Marriage May Surprise You

October 14, 2014   .   1 Comment

We’ve all heard the dismal statistic that approximately half of all marriages end in divorce, but divorce isn’t a sudden and unpredictable event. Scientists have long attempted... Read More

Child Psychological Abuse Just as Damaging as Other Forms

October 13, 2014   .   No Comments

In discussions of child abuse, it’s easy to forget about psychological abuse, and some parents even argue that yelling and name-calling can’t be fairly compared to sexual... Read More

Study Suggests Reptiles, Too, Can Learn Through Imitation

October 11, 2014   .   2 Comments

For centuries, scientists thought that learning through imitation was unique to humans, only to have this assumption upended by studies in primate learning. Until recently, scientists... Read More

GoodTherapy.org Celebrates Family Justice Center Anniversary

October 10, 2014   .   No Comments

The Thurston County Family Justice Center (TCFJC) is only one of two Family Justice Centers in Washington State, and has just celebrated its first anniversary. GoodTherapy.org staff... Read More

How the NFL Will Address Domestic Violence, and Other News

October 10, 2014   .   No Comments

In the wake of a series of child and intimate partner abuse scandals, victims’ advocates have increasingly pushed for tougher abuse penalties for NFL players. Many have also pleaded... Read More

Divorce Rates Similar among Gay and Straight Couples

October 9, 2014   .   1 Comment

Opponents of gay marriage have periodically argued that gay marriage is fundamentally different and that gay couples are more likely to break up. According to a new study, though, gay... Read More

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

Is It Possible to Become Dependent on Therapy? I'm Not Rich!

Thanks for the letter and your thoughtful questions. I am very pleased that you reached out, seeking advice on what to do. You ask if it’s possible to become dependent on Read more »

It Took a Mere 35 Minutes to Diagnose Me with Bipolar!

I am assuming that you consulted with either a psychiatrist or Read more »

How Can I Trust after My Girlfriend and Friend Betrayed Me?

Thanks for writing in. Gosh, I’m sorry you’ve been through such an emotionally brutal experience. I can’t imagine the blow of losing a girlfriend and an allegedly good friend at once, ... Read more »

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 »

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