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February 16, 2015
by Joan Childs,LCSW


The Catastrophic Cost of Codependency

February 16, 2015 11:58 by Joan Childs,LCSW  [About the Author]

Codependency syndrome was originally coined and named when Melodie Beattie worked at Hanley Hazelton with recovering addicts and alcoholics. She identified the significant others to the addicts as co-dependent, implying that the addict was addicted to a substance, but the significant other was addicted to the addict. Current research sheds new light on how codependency negatively affects people from all walks of life. [More]

January 13, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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Fighting the Good Fight: Conflict can be good for your relationship

January 13, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.  [About the Author]

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Brushing problems under the rug or stuffing hurt feelings to avoid a conflict will likely do more harm than good. Those issues and feelings never really go away, they just go underground. Giving our partner the “silent treatment” may result in silence, but also results in no communication. As much as we may dislike or fear conflict, being able to do it well is essential for a healthy relationship. [More]

January 11, 2015
by Liz Dube,MA, MS, LMFT, CST

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New Year’s Resolution – More Sex in 2015

January 11, 2015 07:55 by Liz Dube,MA, MS, LMFT, CST  [About the Author]

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One of the most frequent sexual complaints for women is low sexual desire (Ellison, 2001). And one common mistake couples make when trying to fix this or other sexual problems on their own is jumping to solutions without taking time to understand the reasons for the low desire, then putting a band aid on something that needs stitches. This quite often just leaves a scar. [More]

December 20, 2014
by Brenda Snyder, LCSW

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A Holiday Survival Guide

December 20, 2014 07:55 by Brenda Snyder, LCSW  [About the Author]

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Sometimes the very times that are SUPPOSED to make us the happiest evoke exactly the opposite. Anxiety and negative anticipation can virtually ruin your experience before it even gets here. As the leaves burn into their bright reds and golds, the taste of Fall’s fresh apple cider often turns to bitter vinegar in the stomachs of those who turn the calendar page and realize that the dreaded holiday season is soon upon us. [More]

November 25, 2014
by Marti Wormuth, MA

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The Importance of Healthy Communication in Relationships

November 25, 2014 07:55 by Marti Wormuth, MA  [About the Author]

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Many of us know in our minds that communication is an important part of relationships, but many of us don't realize just how important it can be. There are a lot of issues that may come along as a result of bad communication, and if we don't address it it in a prompt and healthy manner, it can actually end up causing a lot more problems than necessary. Some of the main reasons that people end up falling apart or getting divorced is because of misunderstandings that happen as a result of poor communication. [More]

November 17, 2014
by Dr. Chloe Carmichael, PhD

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How Much Fire is OK in Therapy Sessions?

November 17, 2014 07:55 by Dr. Chloe Carmichael, PhD  [About the Author]

how much fire is ok
How much passion should a psychologist have for clients' issues to get resolved? Therapy should be a place where you can discover different sides of yourself, and then work with your therapist to make sure that your needs get met in a way that makes space for diverse feelings. If it is a supportive and collaborative environment, therapy can be a great place to discover and make peace with different sides of yourself so that you can move forward in an integrated, self-aware manner. [More]

September 10, 2014
by Cathy England, MA

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The Importance of Self-Advocacy in Mental Health Recovery

September 10, 2014 04:55 by Cathy England, MA  [About the Author]

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Many times in the course of receiving mental health care, an individual may feel like things are not going well, or that they are not receiving the treatment that is most beneficial. However, those same individuals may feel like they are unable to question the mental health professionals who are treating them. Additionally, a person may not have the energy or desire to take steps to demand better care and will go along with whatever treatment that they are receiving. This is especially true in the beginning stages of diagnosis and recovery. [More]

May 7, 2014
by Caleen Martin

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Change Your Words, Change Your Worth. New Perspectives on the Language of Fibromyalgia.

May 7, 2014 04:55 by Caleen Martin  [About the Author]

change your words change your worth new perspectivesonthe languageof fibromyalgia
Change Your Words, Change Your Worth is the mantra used by Adam Braun, founder of Pencils for Promise. His story is about the language of business and how he found a creative way to engage with other prominent entrepreneurs and not lose them the moment he began discussing his non-profit organization. Braun realized very early on that the terminology he used could make or break the connections he formed in the business world. Those of us living in the world of Fibromyalgia have also found this same issue regarding the discussions we have about our health. [More]