Searching For Your Identity After Trauma? Michele Rosenthal Helps You Find It

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

9780393709001_198Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity by Michele Rosenthal is a heartfelt and intelligent guide to finding yourself after trauma takes away your sense of security, control, and identity.

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Do You Have Any Of These Borderline Traits?

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read
937739_78746384Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) doesn’t have to be diagnosed in order for borderline-like traits to wreak havoc in your life. Just having one or two BPD-like symptoms can be enough to derail relationships and create obstacles to personal and professional satisfaction in life.
Do any of the following* sound like they apply to you or your life?

You lie often and/or compulsively

You are irritable and fly off the handle easily

Your problems seem to be more “dramatic” or “catastrophic” than other people’s

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5 Essential Ingredients Of Successful Therapy

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASuccessful therapy, that is, therapy that effectively changes how you live your life, must contain five fundamental ingredients:

1. The therapist must be a motivated, experienced professional.

2. The therapist must use evidence-based treatments; that is, proven methods and techniques.

3. Therapy must be carried out in a reasonable treatment time frame.

4. The therapist’s per-hour fee and the entire cost of the course of treatment must be fair and reasonable.

5. The patient must be a motivated patient.

It is important to know

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Starting Over In The Dead Of Winter–New Year For The Trees

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 1 min read

PearsTonight is Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for the Trees.* Each year, we serve an enormous variety of fruits (this year it will be a few more than 30, some years, we’ve served 72 types!), bless them, and eat them, sharing them with guests.

It’s actually a lot of fun, adults and children love it, and there are many beautiful practices and customs associated with the day, including a deep and mystic “Seder” (containing elements of the Passover Seder), as well as many creative personal expressions of the holiday.

But Tu B’Shevat isn’t just a fruit extravaganza nor is it only a mystical meditation. It actually has a very powerful practical message for those willing to listen.

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15 Rules For Going Off Your Psychiatric Meds

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

Pills.There is no doubt about it: psychiatric medications help many people.

But…

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What To Do When Someone Asks You For A Recommendation & You Have To Say No

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

732128_72168845Leigh came to me and said she was asked to give a recommendation for a fellow therapist.

It was a recommendation that she couldn’t, in good conscience, give.

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Why Knowing Yourself Helps All Your Relationships

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

Phrenology1Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis 

One goal common to many types of psychotherapy as well as psychoanalysis is to learn about yourself, who you are (your inner self and outer self) at present and how you got there.

Yet knowing yourself may be one of the hardest tasks you’ll ever attempt.

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Ghost Boy: Surviving A 12 Year Long Coma

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • Less than a min read

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The Therapist That Didn’t Show Up For His Sessions

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

1431598_76841211Recently we advised a young woman in her twenties to seek another therapist. We didn’t make the suggestion on a whim, this was after consulting with her three times in six months.

Here’s why.

Last summer, a friend of a friend (we’ll call her Ann), called to ask us for advice regarding her therapist. She and her husband had been seeing him individually, and together in couple’s counseling, spending nearly $2000 a month out of pocket. They had been seeing him for just under a year and felt they had seen little to no improvement. Because finances were very tight, they had been cutting back on everything, even basics, like groceries, to pay his fee.

After asking her about what went on in therapy this is what we learned:

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Should Your Therapist Poke His/Her Nose Into Your Personal Business?

By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski • 2 min read

the-vladimir-s-road-1892-1Good therapists are the ones who have the specialized knowledge to actually give you the key to your own transformation. They also have the sensitivity, training, and ability to work within the parameters of your belief system; not aggressively challenging, nor blindly accepting your conditional outlook, but gently helping you deepen your understanding of your life and your life’s purpose. They help you resolve to improve.

From Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money

Should your therapist “butt in” to your personal life?

Anyone who has ever been in therapy finds this question at once both ludicrous and apt.

How personal should therapy actually be?

There is no easy answer that holds true for everyone. If you are in therapy to work on a certain issue, such as anger, for example, you might be content to gain more awareness of your anger as it occurs in the present, and learn thought-based and behavioral changes to manage it.

Or you might yearn to find the deeper roots of your anger, how it might be related to your deepest fears, and spend a year or more analyzing every nuance of your anger-fear feelings.

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