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Archives for December, 2013

Intimacy & Fidelity

The Dynamic Duo of Sex and Money: An Interview with Debra L. Kaplan

Debra Kaplan, a psychotherapist working in Tucson, AZ who specializes in trauma, intimacy, and sex addiction treatment has published a new book entitled For Love and Money: Exploring Sexual & Financial Betrayal in Relationships. I recently spoke with Debra about the book, and I wanted to share her thoughts here.

RW: The concept of financial betrayal is not often discussed. Could you explain...
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Relationships

The Small Gifts of Connection

The Season Everyone Can Be Jolly…

Could the holidays possibly present us with a more of a confusing mish-mash of messages, expectations, and emotions? Sadly, that seems to be the nature of the beast. We turn on the TV and there’s George Bailey saving his depression-era town from financial ruin while simultaneously making new angels every time a bell rings. Change the channel and there’s little Virginia learning that there really...
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Trauma

Developing a New Understanding of Shame

Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging.
 - Dr. Brené Brown
Rethinking Shame

In the past, numerous writers including John Bradshaw, Pia Mellody, and Claudia Black, to name just a few, have developed the terms healthy shame and toxic shame. In most respects these definitions make good sense - the term healthy shame defining the feeling...
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