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How Parents Can Help Adopted Children Navigate Birthdays

January 15, 2015

“Happy birthday!” Colorful balloons are carefully tied to the picnic table as giggling 8-year-olds play hide-and-seek in the backyard. The pink and white frosted cake is about to be cut, but the birthday girl isn’t in sight. Her mom eventually finds her quietly playing alone in her room and gently asks, “What’s going on?” Normally outgoing, the girl, adopted at birth, had been excited in the days leading to... Read More

 
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Accentuate the Positive: A Guide to Increasing Self-Esteem

January 15, 2015

A person voiced the following as the topic of self-esteem came up during a recent therapy session, this time in reference to the holidays: “Not another dinner with my family. … I wish it was just January already so I could avoid my family and every comment they make about how much of a failure I’ve become and how worthless I feel. I’m not even sure if that’s what they’re really saying anymore …... Read More

 
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Study Suggests a Happy Childhood Is Good for the Heart

January 14, 2015

The negative effects of abuse, neglect, fear, and poverty on children are undisputed. It’s not always easy to shield children from the challenges of life, though, and parents’ own mental health issues and trauma can make caring for their children difficult. A Finnish study showing a connection between childhood well-being and adult heart health offers parents one more incentive to ensure their children grow... Read More

 
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The ‘I’ of the Beholder: What You See Is What You Get

January 14, 2015

Usually we talk about the “eye” of the beholder, not the “I”, but the eye just looks—it’s the “I” who does the seeing, right? Here’s delightful proof. On the first Saturday of 2015 I took a lovely, long walk in New York’s Central Park and it started snowing big, luscious, wet flakes, which melted before hitting the ground. The air was fresh and cool. I had an umbrella in my pocket and left it there... Read More

 
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8 Keys to Following Through on Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 14, 2015

For many of us, making resolutions is a time-honored tradition when every New Year rolls around. We vow to lose 20 pounds, start exercising, eat healthier, or tackle that cleaning project that we never get around to. Whatever our intentions are, we often start the year off strong, but then our energy tends to dwindle and frequently fizzles out after a couple of months. Our inability to follow through on our resolutions... Read More

 
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Petty Crimes Could Signal Early Dementia, Study Finds

January 13, 2015

Dementia is a collection of brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, that cause decreased cognitive functioning and memory loss. Early detection can improve treatment outcomes and give those diagnosed with dementia time to plan, but diagnosing the issue isn’t always simple; doctors often rely on symptoms and the process of elimination to diagnose the disease. A new study published in JAMA Neurology suggests... Read More

 
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6 Tips for Being More Assertive at Work

January 13, 2015

Being unable to speak up at work can have long-lasting negative consequences. It can lead to stress, burnout, or render you almost invisible in a setting where promotions and raises depend on visibility. When you’re assertive, you ask for what you need, you talk openly about what you want, and you recognize when someone is taking advantage of you. You can approach the things you do with confidence and make a direct... Read More

 
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How to Help a Teen Grieve the Loss of a Friend

January 13, 2015

What does a counselor say to a teen who just found out his or her best friend has died an unexpected death? I recently found myself facing that very challenge. I found myself asking, “What can I do or say to fill the space?” Sometimes, there simply are no words. While adults often have strong opinions about what grief should look like, such as talking about feelings, teens often don’t want to talk and just want... Read More

 
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GoodCause Campaign Gives Back to Nonprofits

January 12, 2015

In May 2013 GoodTherapy.org launched a program to help support nonprofit organizations that are similar to our organization or are in line with our mission and vision of providing ethical therapy and reducing stigma around mental health issues. The GoodCause program has been facilitating a platform for donations to these organizations ever since. GoodTherapy.org has helped raise a total of nearly $3,600 for the four... Read More

 
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2,600 California Mental Health Workers Plan to Strike

January 12, 2015

Beginning January 12, Kaiser Permanente’s nearly 2,600 psychologists, social workers, and therapists in California plan to stage a strike. The workers, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, say that 700 other Kaiser employees will strike with them in a show of solidarity. The workers have complained about under-staffing for years, suggesting that inadequate staffing contributes to long wait times,... Read More

 
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Creative Blocks from A to Z: Immersion

January 12, 2015

Editor’s note: This article is the ninth in an A-Z series on issues related to creative blocks. This month we look at the role of immersion in creative work and ways to enhance the feeling of being fully engaged in an activity. It may sound counterintuitive to suggest that many creative individuals are holding back when they are creating. The image conflicts with the widespread perception of an obsessive artist... Read More

 
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Preparing for a Job Interview: Is This Employer for You?

January 12, 2015

The working world is more like the dating scene than most of us would like to believe. Research suggests that interview decisions often come down to attractiveness and perceived similarity to the interviewer. Job seekers often focus on prestige or the material benefits of working for a certain employer. At least compensation and prestige do have implications for a candidate’s career growth; managers using interviews... Read More

 
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Are Technical and People Skills Acquired on the Job? And Other News

January 9, 2015

In a highly competitive job market, so-called “soft” skills can mean the difference between landing a job and standing in line at the unemployment office. For many workers, a college degree feels like a ticket to career success, but a new study suggests that neither college nor work experience provide workers with the people skills they need to excel on the job. Researchers evaluated 2,500 workers. Some had college... Read More

 

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

January 9, 2015

You are neither crazy nor too old. You are also not alone in having your dream of motherhood deferred. There are many women in their thirties and forties who are struggling with some of these same questions. I think the main question for you to answer for yourself is whether you want to pursue your dream of motherhood even if it means losing your partner and doing it on your own. If your answer to that is “yes,” then... Read More

 
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