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Do Kids Have Too Much Power?

These days, there is a widespread tendency for children of all ages to have too much power relative to their parents. I realize it sounds a bit old-fashioned to say this, and in fact I believe this trend has developed in part as a reaction against overly authoritarian parenting styles that dominated earlier generations. However, the pendulum has perhaps swung too far.

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Multiple Versions of Porn Addiction? More Discourse Needed!

Last month I posted a blog to this site (click here to read) noting the difference between true sex addicts and those who inaccurately label themselves as addicted based on internalized and/or culturally informed shame about their sexual desires and behaviors, rather than the benchmarks used by treatment specialists when identifying, diagnosing, and treating sex/porn addiction. In that article I noted that treating non-addicted clients as addicted simply because they or the people around...
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Coping Strategies

5 Fun Interventions for Teens

Sometimes teenagers are quick to anger and quick to change.  Being able to have a safe place to blow off steam is not a bad thing.  It's much better than holding it all inside.  That's why I have a punching bag in the back of my office. Here are some other ways to help teens in trouble:

 Teens might be mad that their parents sent them to therapy in the first place.  Why me?  Why am I...
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Coping Strategies

Feelings Come and Go –

Teaching CBT or DBT to teens and young adults is a little like teaching surfing. You have to learn to ride things out.

Feelings come and go. It's no longer getting through it, or dealing with it or coping with it; it's TOLERATING it. The number one thing I've learned after seven years of yoga, besides being able to do a "plank," is being able to hold a pose just an extra moment.  You think you will break; but you...
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