3 Minutes, 27 Seconds: Can We Auto-correct Humanity?

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

Absolutely amazing, and worth three minutes and 27 seconds of your time. Rapper Prince Ea’s viral video about living life plugged-in, and what it’s doing to us.

The 5-Step Forgiveness Formula To Help You Heal Your Relationships

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

1152277_90340870This coming Friday night through Saturday night we’ll be concentrating on healing relationships. It is the most important fast day in the Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur, translated as the Day of Atonement.

How do you achieve at-one-ment, a sense of being at one with self, God, and other?

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I Was Wrong About Online Therapy (With A Caveat Or Two)

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

1260785_84481055Some years ago I was interviewed by a popular science magazine about what I thought of online therapy. At that point, online therapy wasn’t exactly new, but it wasn’t spreading like wildfire either.

I said that therapy in person could be supplemented by online therapy, but that a therapist can learn a lot about a patient by meeting in person. Body language, dress, and other factors were essential.

At the time I strongly believed that online therapy was a great solution for people who were isolated, whether because of location, disability, or other confounding factors, and couldn’t make it to their therapist’s office.

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Three Universal Questions To Ask Ourselves During Rosh Hashana

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

Earth_Eastern_HemisphereThis Wednesday night through Friday, Jewish people the world over will observe the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, literally translated as the Head of the Year.

The Jewish New Year is quite different from other New Years—though there are festive meals rich with tradition, Rosh Hashana is primarily spent in lengthy prayer, meditation, and self-reflection.

Many people take upon themselves a day or two of limiting or even refraining from trivial conversation, in order to better connect with the spiritual potential inherent in these days.

But whether we limit chatter or not, self-reflection is something every New Year observer is encouraged to engage in. But, self-reflection can feel static unless it involves the process of questioning and answering.

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Good Vibrations: Relaxing Music & Sound Therapy In Addiction Treatment

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

122910_8053Dr. Harry Henshaw discusses the powerful relaxation effects of music and sound therapy:

Less Anxiety, Better Decisions

When those in recovery from addiction learn how to reduce stress and manage anxiety, their ability to make better decisions increases.

Being able to make better decisions helps addicts in recovery stay in therapy that’s working. It also helps them put in place the support systems they need to help them prevent relapse. A range of relaxation techniques is an important part of addiction treatment.

For several years, I’ve been using an extremely effective method of helping clients reduce anxiety—music and sound therapy.

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For Men: Old-School Tips For A Happy Marriage

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

Wedding_ringsOld fashioned and out of touch?

Then, how come when many women confide, they often say what they want is a little old-fashioned love and old-school values?

If you want your marriage to last and be happy, it requires a lot of work. But the rewards are eternal.

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7 Picture Books That Can Help Adults & Teens Talk About Their Feelings

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

899943_11533756For many adults and adolescents, picture books are a way to connect with the children in their lives.

For others, the picture books they loved as children feels nostalgic, moving them to wistful remembrance.

But sometimes, picture books can be a helpful tool.

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Can Vaping & E-Cigarettes Lead To Drug Abuse And Addiction?

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

InventorSVMichECE-cigarettes have many fans—apparently, with good reason. As reported at PsychCentral News, “vaping” seems a boost to quitting smoking.

But some evidence seems to show that the smokeless e-cigarettes may be in some ways just like regular cigarettes—in effect, what researchers call a “gateway drug.”

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12 Ways To Help Your Child’s Back-To-School Jitters From A Pediatric OT

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

5istock_000010621773smallColleague and friend, Occupational therapist Miriam Manela of Otthrive.com, offers 12 helpful suggestions to help your child deal with back-to-school fears and anxiety. (Number 8 is my favorite).

Back-to-school fears and anxiety can occur at any age, especially when children are transitioning to a new school or new school building. Help your child cope with his or her fears with a variety of simple strategies.

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Letter To A Former Guru, Circa 1986

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

Dirt Road with Maple Trees in Winter SunriseShared recently:

I’ve been reading a lot about depression and buddhism (especially zen) on Psychcentral and other places.

It prompted me to write a letter to my former buddhist meditation teacher (circa 1986).

Dear G,

I remember what you said:

That we must buckle down and accept that life has no intrinsic meaning.

That we should just experience and seek bliss because that’s the only valid experience of enlightenment.

That the body is an illusion.

That the soul is an illusion.

That money and ownership were illusions, too.

You said you were above greed, but you weren’t.

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