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Abuse

Going No Contact

Going no contact is a self protective measure, indicated when you need to break free from involvement with someone because of a divorce, recovery from a trauma bond, or release from a toxic relationship. Going no contact is a tool that helps you heal a broken heart without continuously preventing the reparation of wounds caused...

Coping Skills

The Portrait of a Cult: NXIVM

The self-help organization called NXIVM was founded by Keith Raniere who was found guilty of numerous charges including racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and attempted sex trafficking. NIXIVM was a front for the secret DOS organization in which women were slaves, branded with Keith’s initials, and told...



Exhaustion

What is Verbal Abuse?

Verbal abuse is powerful. After years of counseling as an adult, Natalia realized that she was verbally abused by her father. His harsh words would wear her down to the point she couldn’t think straight. Then he would spin a situation around so everything was Natalia’s fault. Worst yet, as an adult, her dad’s words...

12 ABA Parent Training Goal Ideas

Are you an ABA service provider (a BCBA, BCaBA, or other clinician providing ABA services)? Does part of your job include creating goals for applied behavior analysis parent training services? We have...



Abuse

Healing Your Inner Child

What is meant by the term, "Inner Child?"  Consider the inner child as the part of you that was hurt in childhood and needs healing; it contains your needs and vulnerabilities. This part of you does not  have a true existence in reality, but it is the part of you that captures the  stages of...

Family

What to Do When Father’s Day is Not “Happy”

Trying to pick a card for Father’s Day is impossible for Mary. None of the cards she found reflected her experience. Her dad wasn’t present, didn’t support her interests, didn’t attend activities when she was a kid, or offer good advice. He did, however, go to work on his days off, sit on the couch watching TV...

Family

What Does a Good Father Look Like?

Maladaptive dads are constantly in the news. They make the headlines with excessive abuse, abandonment of responsivity, neglectful actions, or even the death of their children by their own hands. While the headline is sensational, it can give the appearance that all dads are bad. But this is not true.Unfortunately, not much attention is paid...

ABA

How do you encourage parents to engage in their child’s ABA treatment?

As with any behavior that we as behavior analysts want to change, we need to look at reinforcement and motivation. We can also use concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) approaches to help parents become more engaged in their child’s ABA treatment.REINFORCEMENTWhat will a parent get as a consequence of participating in ABA services? How...

Carlat Addiction Treatment Report

Substance Use in Pregnancy: What to Tell Patients

As an OB/GYN physician with a special interest in opioid use disorders during pregnancy, I see many women of childbearing age who are struggling with a substance use disorder. Some of these women are contemplating pregnancy, while others are already pregnant. I often collaborate with psychiatrists when treating these women, and I...

Starting a Counseling Practice

Starting an Online Psychoanalaysis Office in Dublin, Ireland

Why did you decide to become a psychotherapist?Before training as a psychotherapist, I had a career in international development so was fortunate to travel to many countries and interact with people from many different cultures. During this work it became clear that despite the huge variety of circumstances and backgrounds the people I met came from,...



General

Who is the Most Narcissistic Generation?

Millennials are known as the most narcissistic generation of our time. The overindulge attention, special treatment for nothing special, and excessive emotional tolerance that parents gave their kids have not resulted in a more productive generation but rather one that seems apathetic. It’s a toss-up between who is more confused: Millennials because the world does...

Exhaustion

Can Therapists Have Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS)?

Yes. According to a study reported in March 2019 of US News and World Report, mental health counselors are listed as one of the most stressful jobs next to attorneys and surgeons. The burnout rate for counselors is between 25-67% (depending on the study and type of practice) with a turnover rate of one in...