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General

A Volatile Combination: Loneliness and the Holidays

It was the first Thanksgiving / Hanukkah without her husband of 47 years. Nothing seemed right. For the first time, she was not hosting either celebration, her daughter and son took the holidays over to relieve her stress. But without the rituals and traditions, Nikki felt more isolated and alone.As soon as the first sign...



Aggression

Are We `Hardwired ‘ for Hatred?

Many years ago, I treated a patient diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia—one of hundreds I cared for at a state mental health facility. It happened that this particular patient hated Jews with a...

General

30 Ways to Jump-start Your New Life

Alex was desperate to move forward after her divorce was finalized. She was so tired of every conversation with her close friends and family beginning with the phrase, “So how’s the divorce coming along?” She wanted to talk about her, not her as a divorcee, but the person underneath the cloak of a bad marriage...

Business Mindset for Therapists

5 Steps to Taking Action in your Private Practice

Being in private practice may just be the best decision you’ve ever made for your career.  You get to serve the clients you want to serve, and your earning potential as a private practice owner far exceeds most agency jobs. The best part?  You get to call the shots. But with all of that...

Coping Skills

7 Steps to Thrive Instead of Survive

Caleb desperately needed a change. Thanks to a nasty, never-ending divorce, he was completely burnt out. His ex was abusive during their marriage and her assault was even worse while divorcing. Not only was the process expensive, but he lost his business as well. Now that it was over, Caleb wanted to stop surviving and...



Exhaustion

Why Divorce Feels Like a Death

Mariah thought, that once the divorce papers were signed, everything would be better and she would finally feel relief. But she didn’t. Somehow, unexpected emotions of remorse, sadness, and guilt piled on top of bitterness, resentment, and frustration intensified. Her confusion caused her to wonder if she made a mistake.She relived the marriage and divorce...

Bipolar Disorder

Some Helpful CBT Techniques for Specific Disorders

When we first set about planning this article, its working title was “The Most Evidence-Based Psychotherapies.” But as we scoured the literature, it became clear that there’s no scientific consensus about which techniques are best (one exception to this being techniques for OCD—see page 3). In fact, the latest official statement on the...

Marriage

10 Reasons a Person Divorces

For Megan, getting married was an easier decision than getting a divorce.Their relationship started so well and seemed so natural that Megan ignored the warning signs her family tried to show her. Now, after three years of being married, she realized that a divorce would be necessary. Making this decision, however, was much harder than...

General

Spouse Wants to Separate, You Don’t

After 15 years of marriage, Tim’s wife said she wanted to separate. He was shocked. It came out of nowhere. Just the month before they were on a family vacation and now she was asking for a separation? Her reasons were vague at best and the harder he tried to convince her otherwise, the more...

Coping Skills

7 Reasons Why Good People Do Bad Things

This article is for the rule-followers, the dependable, the overly responsible, and the eager to please. The ones who know what the rules are (legal, social, moral, and economical), try their best to live by them, and often encourage others to do the same. They view themselves as “good” people, which is a perception often...

Abuse

The Strong Victim: Why Victims of Abuse Stay

There are many myths about victims of abuse, such as, they tend to be passive, easily manipulated, pushovers, doormats, etc. Never do you hear people describe victims of abuse, particularly, domestic violence victims, as strong or courageous, or anything positive.I would like to set the record straight. Many, if not most, victims of domestic violence...



Family

5 Tips for Surviving Narcissistic In-Laws over the Holidays

As the holidays approached, Heather began to worry about the next encounter with her in-laws. Last Thanksgiving was a complete disaster. After spending days getting their new house ready for the visit, her narcissistic mother-in-law walked in the house and announced, “It’s not that bad.” Heather tried to brush it off, but the comments kept...