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7 Ways Halloween May Negatively Affect Trauma Victims

What do you like (or not like) about Halloween? For me, I have firm feelings that most likely will never change. On one hand I can understand the interest and amusement inherent in deviating from the natural, monotonous, and boring daily lives most of us feel we live sometimes. I also understand the joy inherent in watching children dress up, get candy, and enjoy the thrills of fantasy. But what  I don't like about...
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Dysfunctional Communication: 6 Ways To Calm An Emotional Storm

Have you ever had to deal with someone who just wouldn't stop yelling, screaming, and insulting you (or someone you know)? It isn't an easy thing to cope with. In fact, it's very humiliating, demeaning, and embarrassing. I work with a lot of families who display difficult patterns of behavior at home, in the community, and in my office. It isn't easy to change a pattern of behavior that becomes ingrained in the relationship and...
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12 Incorrect Beliefs About Psychotherapy

Have you ever been in therapy? If so, what did you like about it? What did you dislike about it?

Psychotherapy isn't as cut and dry as it may appear to some. You don't just go in to an office and talk. You can do that with a friend. Psychotherapy includes the building of a professional relationship with boundaries and goals of the client to improve, learn, and grow. It is a relationship in which...
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7 Common Truths About Domestic Violence

Have you (or someone you know) experienced domestic violence? If so, was it long-term or short-term?

Domestic violence (DV) or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a common occurrence in today's society. Although often hidden, domestic violence affects about 1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 men, according to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

This article will discuss domestic violence and provide a podcast interview I was invited to by Laura Reagan, LCSW-C from TherapyChapt.

*TRIGGER...
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7 Ways Trauma Victims Feel Stuck & Ways To Move On

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Have you ever experienced a traumatic situation?

Trauma is a powerful word.  Many people almost stagger when I mention that I believe they have experienced "trauma." When clients hear me label some of their most disturbing and unhealthy experiences as "trauma" they look puzzled.

Interestingly, some of my previous clients have come into my office already labeling their experiences as traumatic and seemed to be fully aware of the fact that they...
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