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Ten Conscious Choices Toward Inner Peace

April 12, 2014

Over the course of 20-plus years seeing clients in private practice, I have also been on my own personal journey reflecting, healing, and growing and, in that time, have learned a lot about mindfulness. As Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School,... Read More


Is My Therapist Coming On to Me? Should I Find Another One?

April 11, 2014

Honestly, my immediate reaction to your question is run—don’t walk—away from this therapist and find someone new. This is 100% unethical and a complete abuse of power. Both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) codes of ethics strictly forbid romantic/sexual relationships between therapists and existing clients. They even require certain time periods between... Read More


New Drug Promises to Reverse Opioid Overdoses (and Other News)

April 11, 2014

Nearly 75% of drug overdoses are caused by prescription opioid medications; these drugs led to 14,800 fatal overdoses in 2008. The powerfully addictive nature of opioids can make quitting seem impossible, and addiction often causes drug users to steadily increase their drug dosage. But a new drug offers hope to opioid abusers and the people who love them. Evzio comes in a hand-held injector and delivers a rapid dose of... Read More

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Why Volunteer? The Hidden Payoff of Donating Time

April 11, 2014

Whenever someone tells me how amazing it is that I’m a counselor, the first thing I think of is how amazing it is to learn so much from the people I work with. As a career coach at the New York Public Library, I had the pleasure of working with a range of amazing people. With respect to volunteering, one young woman comes to mind. Unlike many of the people who came to see me, she had a steady job with decent pay and... Read More

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Latest Fort Hood Shooting Puts Military Mental Health in Spotlight

April 10, 2014

For the second time in five years, Texas’ Fort Hood is mourning a mass shooting. The alleged gunman, Spc. Ivan Lopez, was an Iraq war veteran undergoing treatment for posttraumatic stress (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. Reports are beginning to surface that an argument over leave time to attend his mother’s funeral was the final straw for Lopez. Among people struggling with mental health concerns, it’s... Read More

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Four Keys to Integrating Youth Sports with Family

April 10, 2014

With funding for physical education classes dwindling all across the country, childhood obesity rates making headlines, and children sitting in front of complex technology for hours every day, most American parents feel the need to get their school-aged children moving. The days of playing outside in the neighborhood until the streetlights come on are all but gone. Team sports have become the way our children play. Not... Read More

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Finding Integrity of Self—Alone and with Others

April 10, 2014

Like most mammals, we are a social species. There is a biological imperative active in us at birth to connect in order to survive. A baby’s voice cries in order to be heard by a caring other. A baby’s eyes scan the environment searching to be seen by a caring other. A baby’s mouth and hands pucker and reach forth, respectively, to explore and establish nurturing rapport with a caring other. So begins our lifelong... Read More

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Creativity: Unexpected Side Effect of Trauma/PTSD?

April 9, 2014

We know that certain functions of the body shut down when a person is faced with a threatening situation. This allows other parts to become more active. Larger sets of muscles receive more blood as heart rate increases, allowing for the well-documented “fight-or-flight” response. While the body tenses and readies to “respond,” some areas of the brain become less active. Hence, the ability to process emotional... Read More

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Don’t Let ADHD Consume Your Relationship: Know the Signs

April 9, 2014

Adults with attention deficit (ADHD) tend to experience problems with relationships. At one time, it was believed that ADD was outgrown by adulthood; however, in 1992 research proved that it continued into adulthood. Families and couples report that there are tremendous problems in relationships as a result of ADHD. Often, individuals who are successful in careers and education report the enormous impact it can have... Read More

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How Being a Pleaser May Increase Your Risk of Infidelity

April 8, 2014

Cheating is an emotionally charged topic. When we hear of an affair, our immediate response can feel like a punch in the stomach. We empathize with what the betrayed partner must be going through. For most of us, in those moments, we feel aligned to that person because we either know from experience or can imagine what she or he must be feeling after such a revelation. We may become triggered, wondering if our own relationship... Read More

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Conflict Resolution: Understanding the Four Temperaments

April 8, 2014

There are four types of human beings, and I believe each is designed to attend to at least one of four critical areas of need in a functioning human society. The tasks that each temperament is designed to attend to are so disparate that significant differences in perceptions, priorities, values, and meanings are required to attend to them. These automatically triggered differences are present at birth, identifiable at... Read More

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Butts, Guts, Sucks, and Tucks: Self-Care Is Different for Each of Us

April 7, 2014

It can be easy to become judgmental when considering another person’s idea of self-care. As most of us can interpret, this term is broadly used to describe the ways we care for ourselves on a daily basis. As I am both a personal trainer and a psychotherapist, it tends to mean different things in both of the professions I am immersed in. On the therapist side, it is common for us to use this term as a catch-all phrase... Read More

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Meet the GoodTherapy.org Topic Experts: Janeen Herskovitz

April 7, 2014

As the mother of an autistic son, Janeen Herskovitz knows all too well the challenges that come with parenting a child with special needs. Since joining our Topic Expert panel in late 2011, she has written extensively for GoodTherapy.org about her experiences, which can’t help but inform her role as a therapist specializing in the treatment of ASD children and their families. She is also trained in EMDR (eye movement... Read More


Can Your Anti-Anxiety Medication Kill You?

April 4, 2014

Many people have heard that anxiety medications can have some serious side effects, such as addiction, memory problems, impaired driving, and sleepiness. But a provocative new study claims that taking anti-anxiety medications leads to greater long-term mortality. Anxiety is the most common mental health challenge; an estimated 40 million Americans every year experience anxiety. Although contemplating such a serious side... Read More

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