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Coping with Obsessive Thoughts

Obsessive, recurring thoughts usually indicate an anxiety condition. Realize that just having recurring or obsessive thoughts – or any thoughts for that matter – does not mean that you must act on them.  Nonetheless, they are annoying at best. Obsessive thoughts are embedded in...
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Conflict Management

Coming Out Mad on a Medical Model Unit

`Coming out Mad,’ as a professional with a marriage and family therapy license has been a rocky journey over uncharted and lawless terrain. I share my experience to help embolden others who have experienced trauma, stigma and institutionalization to do the same. I believe...
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Business Advice for Therapists

Utilizing the Present Moment in Sessions

Mindfulness has come a long way from the fringes of psychotherapy to a widely used, empirically-supported tool with a host of proven benefits. But when it comes to communicating about present moment experiences and intervening with those experiences, clinicians often fall short. As humans,...
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Current News & Research

How Wives Contest the Australian Open Men’s Tennis Final

The Australian Open Tennis final is contested by Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who both relatively recently got married. There is a new theory in psychology that contends marriage impacts the male competitive spirit and even suggests that it’s these background issues in the personal lives...
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Anxiety

The Neurobiology of Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are extreme manifestations of anxiety, which are intermittent and discreet episodes where you experience increased heartbeat, chest pounding, chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, numbness and tingling in your arms and legs, excessive sweating, tunnel vision, muscle tension and trembling.
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