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Coping Skills

What is Emotional Abuse?

Ron was reluctant to start the conversation with his wife, Robin, about their vacation plans this year. In years past, he would take a week off from work to spend it with her family. But her family didn’t like him so returning to work was the only part of the vacation he enjoyed. This year,...

Coping Skills

What is Mental Abuse?

Brenda knew something was wrong in her marriage to Bill, but she was unable to put her finger on what. She felt like she was abused but he never hit her, so she minimized and even dismissed any warning indicators that something else was off. She was intentionally exploited by her husband; endured regular insults...



Private Practice Q & A: What do you need to know to get started in private practice?

We love helping therapists who are starting, growing, or revamping their private practices and answering their private practice questions. We've written hundreds of articles for PsychCentral, other online resources for therapists, and on our own private practice blog.Today, I thought we'd do something a little different to give back- a free private practice question and answer. Post your private questions below in the...

ADHD

Choosing Medications for ADHD: Q&A with Anne Buchanan, DO

CCPR: Can you tell us about your current practice?Dr. Buchanan: I am responsible for pediatric ER and floor consults, I supervise the school crisis walk-in clinic, and I am responsible for high-risk intakes in the clinic.CCPR: We hear a lot about overdiagnosis of ADHD. What are your thoughts?Dr. Buchanan: We all hear...

Coping Skills

11 Signs of a Toxic Relationship

Looking back, Jack could see that his relationship with Amanda was over several months ago, perhaps even years. But he was in denial and didn’t want to confront the painful issues that were left unresolved. What was once overlooked, minimized, explained away, or discounted is now an obvious sign of his deteriorating relationship.At first, she...



Coping Skills

How Trauma Impairs the Decision-Making Process

It was one of those perfect Florida mornings where the sun was out but not too strong, there was little humidity in the air, and the temperature was in the low 70’s. Added to that was an early spring day where the flowers are blooming, the birds were singing, and everything smelled fresh and alive....

Abuse

Narcissist’s Mixed Messages

It goes like this, consistently: “I love you! I think you’re awesome!  Change! Go away!  It’s your fault!”The irony is that narcissists are consistently inconsistent.If you are in love with someone who sends you constant mixed messages, it can be emotionally damaging to you personally, even causing you to lose your sense of self.  The...

ABA

Factors of the Service Provider that Impact ABA Parent Training

Self-awareness is important for service providers. Although we often consider the behaviors and traits of our clients and their caregivers, we sometimes forget to consider our own behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs. Human behavior is complex. Our observable behaviors and private events interact and influence the behaviors and private events of others and vice versa. In addition...

Work

11 Strategies for Successful Job Interviews

After 20 years at his company, Dave was asked to take early retirement.He was shocked and disappointed by the suggestion. He also had no intention of retiring. The idea of playing golf, doing lunches, and gardening sounded terrible to him. He liked working and thought his company liked him. They did, they just didn’t want...

Coping Skills

My One-minute Mini Meditations

I keep a full schedule as a therapist. Every minute of my workday is planned out in advance to make the most of a moment. I work four days a week, 10-12 hours each day and see on average 30 hours of clients. The rest of my time is consumed with phone calls, emails, preparations...

Bipolar Disorder

The Bipolar Spectrum: Practical Tips for Diagnosis and Treatment

In this article, Dr. Aiken draws on his vast clinical experience to help us recognize the different types of patients who might present some degree of bipolarity, then provides tips on evidence-based treatments.Bipolar disorder has long been controversial in the field. Is it overdiagnosed or underdiagnosed? Does a “bipolar spectrum” truly exist, or is...

ABA

Personal Factors of the Parent that Impact ABA Parent Training

We, as ABA professionals, need to remember that parents are human beings, too. We know that everyone is different. People have different perspectives, different values, different priorities, different stressors and barriers in life, different backgrounds, and different experiences. The ABA professional should be compassionate and considerate of things factors when working with parents of clients with...



ABA

Punishment in ABA Parent Training

The field of ABA sometimes uses terminology that doesn’t necessarily fit with common language used by parents and professionals that aren’t so familiar with ABA. The concept of “punishment” is one example of when this sometimes becomes problematic. If an ABA professional is discussing punishment from an ABA perspective but has not clearly defined what they...

ABA

Considering the Application of ABA Concepts to ABA Parent Training

Applied behavior analysis parent training incorporates the principles of ABA into teaching parents effective ways of improving their child’s skills and decreasing their child’s maladaptive behaviors. There are many different concepts in the field of ABA that could apply to ABA parent training. However, this article will present you with some of the basic concepts of...