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Anxiety

The Five Types of Avoidance

It’s normal for human beings to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Some of the ways in which we seek to avoid pain are adaptive or healthy. For example, many of us take precautions with our bodies in terms of dietary and lifestyle choices to avoid health problems, or we visit the dentist to avoid painful,...

General

How Narcissistic Bosses Turn You into Their Scapegoat

“Get out of my office now,” yelled Mike’s boss as a small paperweight was flung in his direction, hitting the wall next to where Mike was standing. “You’re an incompetent idiot,” was his boss’s parting remark. Mike was shaking from the whole event and not even sure what set his boss off. The unpredictability of...

Coping Skills

Why It Pays to Fully Heal from Childhood Trauma

Janet reflected on the events of the past several days and instead of being embarrassed by her behavior, she was proud. She had purchased a new computer from a large retailer based on the specs and appearance. But when she began to use it, she discovered the store had done a bait and switch. They...

Exhaustion

9 Quick Mid-Day Recharges You Can Use Without Using Caffeine

Afternoon coffee breaks when the stress of a work day peaks but the energy diminishes are a real thing. However, too much caffeine does not do the body any good. Instead of grabbing another cup, try these nine ways to recharge and finish the day strong.Do a mini meditation. For five minutes, close your...

Family

Parental Alienation: A Narcissist’s Objective

Frustrated over the financial outcome of her divorce, Maria passively-aggressively told her two kids, “I can’t afford anything, go ask your dad, he has all the money.” At first her kids expressed disappointment which allowed them to bond with Maria’s self-imposed victimization from the settlement. But as soon as that diminished and her kids failed...

Antidepressants

Sexual Side Effects of the Newer Antidepressants

It’s no secret that SSRIs and SNRIs cause sexual dysfunction (SD) in a large proportion of patients who take them. The exact size of that proportion, though, is difficult to pinpoint with any reliability. Most of the large clinical trials of antidepressants ascertain side effects through spontaneous reports, and research subjects...

Anxiety

Seven Coping Methods That Make Problems Worse

Emotional problems have been understood to stem from a wide range of sources including stress, trauma, early attachment experiences, interpersonal struggles, biological vulnerabilities, and more. But the reasons behind why we feel pain may be less important than the way we cope with it. Our capacity to cope in difficult times may be a key...

Children & Teens

What Parental Alienation Is and Is Not

There is hardly a day that doesn’t go by in my counseling practice where someone brings up the concept of parental alienation. The problem is that the term is frequently misused. For some, it is a catch phrase used to describe any and all poor parent/child relationships. After all, it is far easier to blame...

Coping Skills

10 Common Signs of a Personality Disorder

Throughout their lifetime, everyone is likely to encounter several people within their family, relationships, friendships, and work environments who have a Personality Disorder (PD).As a general rule, people with personality disorders tend to be difficult to deal with and manage, argumentative, stubborn, and frustrating. A person with a PD has an inaccurate perception of reality...

Abuse

How to Recognize a Controller and Take Back Your Life

Controlling people can be very taxing to be around after a while. This is because you spend so much of your energy, when with this person, trying to exert your own sense of agency or autonomy, and trying to ward off oppression. This can be very draining.  You may find yourself falling in to the...

Aggression

Protecting Yourself From Violent Patients

The very nature of a therapeutic relationship lends itself to a close, emotional bond between therapist and patient. But, what happens when that bond leads to a release of negative emotions or a physically violent reaction from a patient? According to an article published by the American Psychological Association, the risk...

Business Mindset for Therapists

Good Self-Care for Therapists

Many who take up careers in clinical psychotherapy have a deep personal commitment -- some might say calling -- to help others on their journey toward better mental health. Some, like post traumatic stress expert Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (whose father was a Nazi concentration camp survivor), found powerful motivation to improve mental illness...

Business Mindset for Therapists

How to Combat the Pitfalls of Workplace Stress

Workplace stress is unavoidable, of course, but for many Americans it’s become a chronic issue. According to the APA’s studies on Stress in the Workplace, 65 percent of employees cite work as a significant source of stress with many complaining of constant stress at work.“More than one third of workers feel chronically stressed out...

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