Parental Alienation & Bias

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

517526_99507694Richard is taking a brief break. C.R. writes:

You can’t get any more mainstream than Newsweek. (Does anybody even read Newsweek?)

I guess Parental Alienation has finally become mainstream when a celebrity-studded article appears about it in Newsweek’s pages.

Whether or not the DSM accepts that PA qualifies as a syndrome (they don’t), and whether or not other experts think it exists (many do), children and parents suffering from the effects of parental alienation live with a painful reality.

Women, Men, and Bias

Perhaps one of the reasons why PA wasn’t widely accepted originally,

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Do You Have Free Will?

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

1405557_80469989C.R. writes: According to a new study, the idea of the existence of free will has been defeated. We are, essentially, at the mercy of the random firings or background noise of our brain.

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Starting Over From Despair

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Yellow and Green ButterflySlavery. War. Destruction of sacred places.

According to the Jewish mystical tradition, all events in the outside world are reflections of, even responses to, our inner mental, emotional, and spiritual states.

Just as world events appear to cycle up and down, so do we. And the down-times can be launching pads for rebirth, if we know how to harness the positive energy buried deep inside.

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How To Navigate The Self-Help Jungle

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

70689_3772In Promise Land: My Journey Through America’s Self-Help Culture, author Jessica Lamb-Shapiro explains that the world of self-help is a mix of helpful and decidedly unhelpful. Without writing an expose, she reveals the, well, let’s face it, tacky world of those self-help gurus who are in it for the bucks alone, and whose promises of salvation, or even maturation or actualization, are as thin as the dollar bills shelled out for them.

She also identifies some possibly helpful self-help programs

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Travel Standing Still

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski
Reconnecting by Karen Hollingsworth

Reconnecting by Karen Hollingsworth

I created the painting titled “Reconnecting” after returning home from a trip to New York. While I was there I couldn’t help but notice that this is the view from practically every window in the city, and having seen a number of other artists versions of the urban landscape at galleries in Manhattan, I wanted to give it a try myself. The idea of the New York Times crossword puzzle and a cup of coffee came pretty easily.!cid_F91F896C-4090-49AF-9BDD-DB1181296DDE@hsd1_ga_comcast_net

The next painting titled “Viewpoint” is a fantasy for me. I’m thinking location is somewhere in Tuscany. The style of the windows are distinctly European, and to make the room even more inviting, a kitty. Clearly this is a place I hope to visit one day!
I don’t vacation often, and admit I do have some anxiety about traveling. My Windowscape paintings may be my way of seeing the world without the necessity of leaving my house!
See Gazing At Calm and Shifting Emotions, two Therapy Soup posts featuring the work of artist Karen Hollingsworth.
See more of the artist’s work at KarenHollingsworth.com

 

 

 

 

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Gazing At Calm: The Work Of Karen Hollingsworth

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

 

Unwind by Karen Hollingsworth

Unwind by Karen Hollingsworth

If I were to psychoanalyze myself, I would probably interpret the calm interior spaces as my inner self, with the windows representing my eyes bridging the gap between me and the outside world. 

—Karen Hollingsworth

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Shifting Emotions With The Paintings Of Karen Hollingsworth

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Karen Hollingsworth’s beautiful paintings of rooms, windows, chairs, tables, and birds appear to be simple still-lives, but the powerful moods they evoke range from calm to mournful to bemused and beyond—sometimes even in the same picture. When we came across her work, 

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Faith & Recovery From Mental Illness & Addiction

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

595702_14433699PsychCentral reported on a study that shows when workers are very involved in their faith, it leads to more job satisfaction.

To me, it seems obvious that you don’t leave your faith at home. In fact, the idea of separation of faith and life seems strange.

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Drinking Alcohol Can Make Your Medication Ineffective

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

321px-Red_Wine_GlasShe’s a twenty year old college student majoring in social work. She works part time at a bakery to supplement her income and lives at home with mom. Her father has been out of the picture since she was eleven. She’s been taking a highly-prescribed antidpressant (a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) which has been hailed as one of the most effective medications for depression, for the past year. Before that, she was on another medication, and before that others. She reports that they seem to work for a month or so, then stop working.

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Top 5 Dangers Of Being A Perfectionist

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

999295_29470621Whether you can’t tolerate your own faults or others’, demanding perfection can poison your life.

Here are the top 5 dangers:

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