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Your Move, Parent: What to Do When Your Teen Is Cutting

September 8, 2014

You look over at your lovely daughter and think to yourself how time flies. Gazing at her with love, you notice red marks and lines on her youthful arms. Immediate panic sets in; you reach over with shock and say, “What is this?!” Your parental urgency sounds like terror, and your daughter pulls away quickly and rebuffs your concern. She retreats to her room, and you are left wondering where you went wrong and concerned... Read More

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Good Eating Habits and Preferences Begin in Infancy

September 6, 2014

Parents of preschool-aged children are accustomed to devising systems to encourage their children to eat healthy foods. By the time children are old enough to negotiate what they do and don’t eat, though, it might already be too late to establish healthy eating habits. According to a group of 11 studies sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, food preferences... Read More

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GoodTherapy.org to Participate in Out of the Darkness Walk

September 5, 2014

Out of the Darkness Community Walks, put on by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), happen all over the United States. Walkers raise funds that are donated to the AFSP and support scientific research and public education regarding mental health issues, suicide, and suicide prevention. This year, GoodTherapy.org will be participating in the September 27, 2014 walk in Olympia, Washington, home of its regional... Read More

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Rape Survivor Protests Treatment with Art Project, and Other News

September 5, 2014

Emma Sulkowicz, a senior visual arts major at Columbia University, says she was raped by Jean-Paul Nungesser, another Columbia student. At least two other women have filed complaints against Nungesser, but he continues to attend classes as the school investigates the allegations. Sulkowicz has begun carrying her twin mattress with her to protest her treatment and draw attention to rape on campus. The protest, which began... Read More


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

September 5, 2014

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 your actions, and possibly your feelings, from her. On some level you must have known that she would be bothered by it, and you chose not to tell her. I don’t say this to judge or to blame, but I think it... Read More

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The Trauma of Workplace Stress: How Therapy Can Help

September 5, 2014

Most of us experience work stress, but can too many responsibilities, unrealistic expectations, and personality conflicts at work lead to an experience of trauma victimization over time? In my years of private psychotherapy practice, I’ve seen several cases where individuals experience signs similar to posttraumatic stress as a result of work problems. In the beginning, I found this slightly odd. I wondered: could negative... Read More

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GoodTherapy.org Sponsors Pizza Klatch Auction for LGBT Youth

September 4, 2014

On Saturday, September 6, 2014, a local organization called Pizza Klatch (PK) will host an annual silent auction, “A Slice of the Good Life” in Olympia, Washington. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization, which offers support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth, as well as their allies. GoodTherapy.org is proud to help sponsor this event and... Read More

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Rape Common among Women With Serious Mental Health Issues

September 4, 2014

Women experiencing serious mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, may be as much as five times more likely to be raped than women in the general population. According to a new study published in Psychological Medicine, 40% of women with severe mental health difficulties have experienced a rape or attempted rape. Rape Common among Women with Mental Health Concerns The study surveyed 303 people who sought assistance... Read More

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Are You the One You’ve Been Waiting For?

September 4, 2014

Many fairy tales end with the line: “And they lived happily ever after.” Ditto for most romantic movies, which have the same implied message: true happiness lies in being coupled. The holy grail of life is to find that special person. Certainly, life can be quite wonderful if you are lucky enough to find a great mate, but what if you are in a hiatus between relationships? What if you haven’t met that... Read More

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How Can I Get My Partner to Change?

September 4, 2014

When I ask my partner to change a behavior or do something differently, am I asking them to change who they are? This is a question I frequently get from people in couples counseling. Who are we, anyway? Any parent who has more than one child can testify that each is different in temperament from birth. I am not suggesting that you can change your basic, inherent temperament. I do believe you can learn new behaviors if... Read More

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Marital Conflict Undermines Parents’ Relationships with Children

September 3, 2014

If you want to improve your relationship with your children, you may need to begin by improving your marriage, at least according to a new study. The study found that fights between spouses led to strained relationships with children. The strain was most pronounced for fathers. How Fights Affect Parent-Child Relationships Researchers asked parents in over 200 families to keep diaries logging marital disagreements and... Read More

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The Healing Power of Journaling Your Way through Cancer

September 3, 2014

“In the diary you find proof that in situations which today would seem unbearable, you lived, looked around and wrote down observations, that this right hand moved then as it does today, when we may be wiser because we are able to look back upon our former condition, and for that very reason have got to admit the courage of our earlier striving in which we persisted even in sheer ignorance.” –Franz Kafka Several... Read More

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How to Fix a Relationship in 5 Steps

September 3, 2014

“Can this relationship be fixed?” Troubled couples often ask this question in relationship or marriage counseling. Having exhausted all the tools in their toolbox, partners come to therapy as their last resort, feeling rather hopeless. Fixing a relationship doesn’t require a personality makeover, but it does take effort and energy to hone your communication skills and create deeper intimacy and connection. These... Read More

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Conveying Confidence: It’s What You Say, Not What You Do

September 2, 2014

Everyone knows a braggart, and most people have witnessed endless self-promotion on social media sites. For those who are more self-conscious, preferring humility to self-aggrandizement, the idea that people are judged on what they do rather than what they say can be comforting. According to new research, though, overestimating yourself may encourage others to overestimate you as well. Braggarts may actually be seen as... Read More

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