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Overcoming the Stigma of Couples Therapy
By Harriet Pappenheim, LCSW in World of Psychology
The word “therapy” carries unfortunate negative connotations in our society. Couples therapy provokes its own particular brand of stigma. Many couples keep the fact that they go to couples therapy private, out of fear of being judged by other couples, or seen as dysfunctional. Many are ashamed themselves of having...
Can a Better Romantic Relationship Lead to Better Parenting?
By Psych Central Staff in World of Psychology
Do you believe your partner should come before your kids? I read this quote recently: “The best thing a society can do for itself is to promote and support healthy couples, and the best thing partners can do for themselves, for their children, and for society is to have a...
Mindful Self-Compassion and Parenting
By Kellie Edwards in World of Psychology
Self-compassion has three components: 1. The kindness we would show a friend is directed toward ourselves. 2. A recognition that pain and suffering is part of life — it’s something every human being goes through. 3. Mindfulness. Here are the benefits I have gained from self-compassion: Far less criticism of...
Your Body is Worth Getting to Know
By Shannon Cutts in Mentoring and Recovery
Nothing feels quite so wonderful as suddenly discovering the power of your own WINGS!Nothing feels quite so wonderful as suddenly discovering the power of your own WINGS! I was in my late 20′s, and well into my struggles with anorexia and bulimia, before I began to perceive a tangible difference between “my body”...
I’m Terrified of Yoga Inversions (& Other Random Confessions)
By Alicia Sparks in Your Body, Your Mind
Lisa Picard | CCLisa Picard | CC As a practicing yogi, you’d think I’d at least try to embrace all challenges that come my way. After all, among many other things, yoga is all about centering oneself—finding peace and balance both on and off the mat. Yet, when my yoga instructors suggest headstands,...
Plan for Your Next Breakdown
By Lisa Keith, Psy.D. in Bipolar Lifehacks
5755803052_2229113cca_z       Hospital shopping. Interviewing doctors. Researching therapies.   All things that people with depression don’t want to do. It’s exhausting. But the truth is this: Not all hospitals are alike; not all doctors are empathetic and not all therapies work.   Although we don’t want to believe it, some of us are receiving better care than others,...
Single Women on TV:
Are They as Inspiring Now as They Were in 1966?

By Bella DePaulo, Ph.D in Single at Heart
The show debuted in 1966 and it was an inspiration. The lead actress received “bags and bags of fan mail that came in from women around the country.” I’m talking about That Girl, with Marlo Thomas starring as the single woman who moves to New York City to try to make it as an actress. It is nearly a...
How do you get over the feeling of shame?
By Elaina J. Martin in Being Beautifully Bipolar
shameI had the opportunity to talk with a great friend who also deals with mental illness yesterday. I am the veteran. She’s the newbie. I told her about my new obsession with locked doors and my subsequent compulsion to lock and unlock and then lock them again three times in a row. I told her I know it is stupid...
5 Behaviors that Guarantee Self-Doubt
By Mike Bundrant in NLP Discoveries
nacadepressionNobody likes self-doubt, but many of us do things that guarantee that it will be a constant in our lives. We don’t mean to. In fact, in a string of self-doubtful years, my entire goal in life was to gain greater self-confidence. It turned out that many of my behaviors (that I thought might help) were chronically backfiring...
Before You Can Change, You Have to Do This
By Holly Brown, LMFT in Bonding Time
In a word: self-evaluate.  Taking an honest inventory of your problems is the first step to finding a meaningful solution.  But that can be a lot harder than it sounds.  Here’s how to start.1)  Face your fear. A lot of people avoid being honest with themselves because they’re afraid of what they’ll find.  Denial is actually a self-protective mechanism:...
Choosing the Right Electronic Health Record (EHR) for Your Private Practice
By Julie Hanks, LCSW in Private Practice Toolbox
The key to running any company smoothly is to keep meticulous and clear records, and psychotherapy private practices are no exception. Virtually all businesses today operate with an electronic data-keeping system; paper files don’t cut it anymore. More and more private practitioners are moving toward a paperless practice, which includes...
5 Warning Signs You May Be Taking On Too Much
By Joe Wilner in Your Best Self
tired “No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick Do you ever feel like you have too much to do and too little time to do it? This is a common way of life for many people, but it can lead to some serious problems if we aren’t careful. One major factor that gets...
Is Facebook Messing With Your Mojo?
By Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT in Leveraging Adversity
We all do it. We post, like, share and visit Facebook. And so, we are all exposed. That is, according to a recent study that measured the impact of the posts we read on our mood. The Facebook experiment took place for one week in January, 2012, and manipulated the news feed of 689,000 people. The study probed the question:...
A Banality
By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. in 360 Degrees of Mindful Living
If we know how to, we love our kids (which is a big “if” (since many of us weren’t loved or were not loved “right”)). They take that love and, hopefully, pass it on (a big “hopefully” since they are so many matching and existential variables involved). That’s how the world is righted, a heart at a time. A banality,...
5 Strategies to Decrease Loneliness When You Have a Private Practice
By Kelly Higdon, LMFT in Private Practice Kickstart
5 Strategies to Decrease Loneliness InI’ve been in private practice for just about a year now and it’s been an amazing experience.  I actually feel more connected to others through my work now than I’ve ever felt before.  However, throughout this time I’ve heard many other therapists with a private practice talk about how lonely and isolated...
#122 Shades of Creativity
By Ellen Toronto, Ph.D. in See-Saw Parenting
shutterstock_202528174We’ve been talking about the uncanny ways in which important people—mainly parents—transmit the essence of who they are in ways that defy description. We find ourselves doing and saying and feeling things that are reminiscent of our parents, sometimes without realizing that we are doing it. Today I want to talk about the ways in which creativity is passed from one...
The Real Reason You Get Attracted To People Who Are So Different
By Linda & Charlie Bloom in Building Relationship Skills
Flickr- Mo RizaFlickr- Mo Riza Relationships aren’t just about togetherness and connection. They are also about the spaces of separateness. While togetherness time promotes greater understanding and connection between both partners, the times between experiences of connection are just as important to the health and sustainment of the relationship. When partners are together, they...
The Beast Is Back:
Depression Part III

By Erica Loberg in Tales of Manic Depression
shutterstock_220397773Well, I guess the antidepressant is starting to work cause I made it out for the first time in a long time. Manic, no, but I ended up at a club by myself at a hip hop party. Awesome. I sat at the bar and took in the scene and the next thing I know I was dancing. Was anyone else...
How To Find and Keep The Right Partner
By Jake & Hannah Eagle in Healthy Romantic Relationships
Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 11.52.57 AMIn my private practice I hear women complain all the time, “There aren’t any good men out there.” I don’t often hear men say that there aren’t any good women out there, but they do say that they don’t know how to find the “right” woman. I’ve developed an approach—an actual course—that helps people...
Have You Been Set Up to Fail?
By Aaron Karmin in Anger Management
Melissa had become very upset while at work. She had been working on the quarterly budget that was due in two days. She was ahead of schedule, and she had a clear plan for the steps ahead. Then she saw her manager Vince go into the Vice President’s office. She could hear her manager complaining that the budget was behind...
Peer-Directed Education For Bipolar Disorder The Focus Of A New Tufts University Study
By Tom Wootton in Bipolar Advantage
The Mood Disorders Program at Tufts University Medical Center has just completed a pilot study of the Bipolar IN Order peer-directed online education program. They found it to be “the first psychosocial intervention that has improved awareness of mood symptoms (insight) in bipolar illness… If confirmed, these data would indicate that this peer-based psycho-educational intervention could produce quality...
Mindfulness and Meditation:
Two Steps Toward Better Health

By Richard Taite in The Science of Addiction
Regular meditation along with a mindful lifestyle path can help individuals control and recover from many mental health disorders. Meditation is a practice of training the mind to induce another state of consciousness or bring attention to a particular point. Mindfulness refers to a psychological quality that involves bringing one’s complete attention to present experience on a moment-to-moment...
Actually, We Have Lots of Chances to Raise Our Kids Right
By Carla Naumburg in Mindful Parenting
Children_marbles I recently came across a Facebook meme that said, “You only get one chance to raise your kids right.” My gut reaction to this post was, “Ugh. Well, I’ve already screwed that one up. Forget the college fund. I need to start a therapy fund.” The truth is that I get frustrated with my daughters, I snap at them,...
The Parent-Child Dance:
Understanding (And Improving) Your Child’s Problem Behavior

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski in Therapy Soup
!cid_3B50DC3C-AD0F-47E6-A10D-A53A3ABE4989@hsd1_mi_comcast_netI’m really excited to tell you about The Parent-Child Dance: A Guide to Help You Understand and Shape Your Child’s Behavior, because I know that the author is making a difference in the lives of so many parents and kids. The Parent-Child Dance is written by award-winning pediatric behavioral specialist, Miriam Manela, OTR/L, with the help of me, C.R....
The Zeroth Law Of ADHD
By Kelly Babcock in ADHD Man of Distraction
My three favorite robots, R2D2, C3PO, and ADHDroid ... ooops, looks like someone's lateMy three favorite robots, R2D2, C3PO, and ADHDroid … ooops, looks like someone’s late I have ADHD. You also may have ADHD. Or maybe you know someone who does. That’s what this blog is about. At least, that’s what it’s...
The 10 Biggest Myths about Sex Addiction Treatment
By Linda Hatch, PhD in The Impact of Sex Addiction
Unhappy couple on psychotherapy sessionThese 10 things are not so much myths as they are distortions born of fear and misinformation. When people do not understand sex addiction treatment they may see it as suspect or threatening in some way. This is most often based on very little direct knowledge or a misunderstanding of what they have heard. The prejudice...
Gone Girl:
Constructing the Truth

By Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D. in Psychoanalysis Now
  The movie, Gone Girl, with a screenplay by Gillian Flynn (based on her own novel), vividly illustrates how easily our point of view can be controlled. It also shows how easily some people can be controlled. It is the story of a psychopathic woman named Amy (played by Rosamund Pike) and her sad-sack husband Nick (played by Ben Affleck)....
Understanding Adolescents With Borderline Personality Traits
By Támara Hill, MS in Caregivers, Family & Friends
angry teen photoPhoto by vanessa_hutd Are you the parent, grandparent, or family member of a teen or pre-teen who exhibits an inability to control their impulses,...
Unproductive, and Proud of It
By Will Meecham, MD, MA in Peace, Love and Childhood Adversity
slash_and_burn_childrenAs the days shorten, I’ve been working to keep my head above water. Although my spirits often feel liberated and expansive, the state of mind is unstable. My psyche is over-ballasted, and foundering comes easily. It doesn’t help to live in such a grinding materialist culture, with its competitive measures of worth, in which every human quality is ledgered...
Comedian Ruby Wax Laughs at Mental Illness (Video)
By Sandra Kiume in Channel N
Comedian Ruby Wax gives a TED Talk with amusing perspectives on mental illness. “Your pets are happier than you are,” she says. A viral video that shares powerful information with a spoonful of fun. Includes Ruby’s own handmade visual aids. ...
How to Raise a Confident Daughter
By Heather Gilmore, LLMSW in Reflections from a Children's Therapist
Raising Daughters; Encouraging natural, internal beauty (Raising Daughters; Encouraging natural, internal beauty; Source: leandroviliel) Raising a daughter in today’s society can be a challenge. There are more and more opportunities available for girls as compared to the past, but there are also mixed messages and new issues our girls are facing. With the relationship and guidance...
The ABC’s of Communication in Your Romance
By John and Elaine Leadem in Couples in Recovery
communication At some point in our romance we recognize that a successful love life is going to take more work that we thought. The infatuation we felt when we were head-over-heals about each other in those starstruck early days was simply the effects of heavy chemical reactions firing in our brains. Those drug-like reactions do not last forever, they die...



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