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Why You’re Not Ruining Your Kids

October 21, 2014

It’s the secret fear every parent harbors: that the time we yell at the kids in the car, play Candy Crush instead of listening to their story, or fight with our spouse in front of them is going to be the time that scars them. The one they’ll end up talking about in therapy 20 years from now, as they try to piece back together their broken lives. It’s as if we’re one screw-up away from messing up our children in... Read More

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3 Creative Things to Try Before Going to Couples Counseling

October 21, 2014

It’s been well-documented—both in pop culture and in the empirical community—the incidence of partnerships turning to relationship counseling as a last resort to save the relationship. Time and again, couples hold out until one or both sees no other option than to (gulp) ask for help from (wince) a professional! Given this trend, we helping professionals can continue the Herculean quest of influencing the willingness... Read More

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Children Raised in Institutions at Increased Risk for ADHD

October 20, 2014

At least 58,000 children are placed in institutional settings in the United States each year, and these institutions frequently fail to meet their basic physical, psychological, and intellectual needs. According to a new study, children raised in institutional settings may experience changes in brain development that can lead to ADHD. Can Institutional Living Increase the Likelihood of ADHD? The study drew its data from... Read More


Parental Influence: Telling Adult Children What to Do

October 20, 2014

Megan doesn’t want her daughter to be a theater major in college. Tim doesn’t think his son’s about-to-be fiancée is right for him. Samantha doesn’t want her son to join the Peace Corps. Each of these parents struggles with if and/or how to express their strongly felt feelings and opinions to their children. Each believes that there would be disastrous consequences if their child followed through with their choice. Parents... Read More


Domestic Violence and Trauma: 4 Things Everyone Should Know

October 20, 2014

October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is an important issue to bring attention to, as awareness is the first step in making changes. Domestic violence is a subject that some may be uncomfortable discussing, as it may seem that it is too big to do something about. It may also seem unlikely that someone could get past such a difficult situation and move forward with his or her life. There... Read More

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Top 5 Articles on Domestic Violence from GoodTherapy.org

October 18, 2014

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 1987, and each October, we see a flurry of media content dedicated to raising awareness about the alarming numbers of people who are affected by violence in the home. This year, widespread media coverage of a professional football star’s... Read More

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The Psychological Wounds of Domestic Violence

October 17, 2014

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 bastion of unconditional love and support. At home we tend to have more freedom, more time for family, and for a few hours, at least, we are afforded an escape from the hustle of the day. For victims of domestic violence, however,... Read More

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Autism Linked to Air Pollutants, and Other News

October 17, 2014

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 health researcher, examined health records for children born in the mid-1990s in California and North Carolina. The records follow the children from before they were conceived through their first birthdays. The study examined the records... Read More


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

October 17, 2014

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 therapy, and as much as I would like to offer a simple answer, the honest answer is much more complex. Many people come to rely on the insight of their therapist and the relationship they foster in the safe confines of the therapy room. However, it... Read More

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

October 17, 2014

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, but you feel like you’re being pulled into his or her negative emotions and you don’t want to give up your good mood. It seems like your only choice is to be pulled into his or her bad feelings or run away. Neither choice feels right. This... Read More

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Establishing an Evidence-Based Practice, One Client at a Time

October 16, 2014

When it comes to evaluating psychotherapy, there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that research has unequivocally demonstrated that therapy works. The bad news is that, despite overall efficacy, many clients do not benefit, dropouts are a problem, and therapists vary significantly in success rates, can be poor judges of client negative outcomes, and rarely have a clue about their effectiveness. A solution... Read More

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Study Finds Common Anesthetic May Alleviate Symptoms of PTSD

October 16, 2014

Posttraumatic stress (PTSD), which results from a traumatic life experience, can upend a person’s life, resulting in intrusive memories, nightmares, anxiety, depression, fear, avoidance, and a heightened startle reflex. While some medications can treat symptoms in some people, results are unpredictable, and side effects cause many people with posttraumatic stress to forgo drugs altogether. According to a small study... Read More

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When Sex Hurts: 3 Options for Women Who Experience Pain

October 16, 2014

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, this will be a temporary gripe. For others, it may be a longer-lasting condition. Painful sex, also known as dyspareunia, may be the result of any number of things—a new detergent, a new partner, an infection, pregnancy, breastfeeding,... Read More

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

October 16, 2014

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 services. When I first read it, in 2001, my son was newly diagnosed with autism. Adjusting to the diagnosis took more tools than I owned. This book was key in helping me make a few shifts in my thinking. I am still living by these agreements... Read More

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