Addiction

Eight Strategies to Help Patients Maintain Recovery

Robert is a 48-year-old executive who was suspended from his job after getting a DUI that was reported in a local newspaper. He was referred to you after completing a 30-day court-ordered rehabilitation program. When he comes to your office, he appears anxious and withdrawn, and he makes little eye contact. He reports a...

Business Practices

Can the Flipped Classroom Work in the Counseling Center?

Typically, when individuals are engaged in psychotherapy, they spend time in sessions with providers discussing recent struggles, identifying goals, and learning new strategies for approaching their problems and challenges.The portion of the therapy session that involves the therapist teaching the patient new ways to manage their stressors is often didactic, with the patient being provided...

Exhaustion

15 Ways to Conquer Anxiety Without Stress Eating

After extensively dieting and exercising for months, Amanda was devastated to discover that she hadn’t lost a single pound. Her immediate discouragement was overwhelming, and all she wanted to do was give up and eat a large massive piece of chocolate cake. Curbing her craving, Amanda instead turned to the internet for answers and...

Family

Shame Based Parenting: A Narcissist’s Specialty

Victor’s therapist asked him the strangest question during his weekly session: “What do you obsess about the most?” He paused for a while to ponder the options, but one word kept resonating - shame. Was it true? Did he obsess about shame the most? A quick inventory over his day revealed several obsessive thought patterns...

Building Your Niche

Private Practice: Not For the Faint of Heart

In a perfect world, running your own private practice would provide psychologists with a balance of just enough patients with plenty of time for leisure activities, family and educational pursuits as well as a healthy bank account.While the dream might be possible, there are some aspects of private ownership a...

Compassion Fatigue

Survey Shows Firefighters Have Widespread Mental Health Issues

Almost 95 percent of firefighters who responded to an anonymous survey of firefighter mental and behavioral health said they have experienced critical stress on the job. And, more than 76 percent said those experiences have caused lingering or unresolved emotional issues.The firefighters reported experiences including recurring/unwanted memories, anger or withdrawal, substance abuse, sleep problems, and...

Coping Skills

Parents of Narcissists: It’s Not You

Margret and Henry felt beaten down after a weekend visit with their daughter’s family. They were excited to see their grandchildren and spend time with their daughter but instead they became the target of their daughter’s verbal attacks. At times, their daughter treated them like a complete stranger forbidding them to interact with the grandkids....

Coping Skills

10 Signs of a Suicidal Attitude

There is a heavy pause in the air. Very rarely in our busy 24/7 society we encounter these silent moments, but every time a celebrity or a familiar person commits suicide the world seems to momentarily stop Shocked into a gasp of disbelief, wonderment, sadness, and awareness, this pause reminds us of the fragility...

Advocacy

Mental Health Coverage Still Inadequate

Most experts, think tanks, consumers, and even representatives from elected governments concede that not enough has been done to promote the importance of mental health and its effects on personal finance and global economy.However, we shall talk only about the benefits that health insurers provide for mental or behavioral illnesses, and regulatory frameworks that...

Children & Teens

What is Reconciliation Therapy?

After a three year absence from her 8 year old daughter, Allison was eager to reenter and reengage in her life. She had lost all custody rights due to a neglect charge that happened five years ago. Alison had gone inside a house to purchase illegal drugs and left her child unattended in a hot...

Business Advice for Therapists

How to Find and Live the Refreshed Therapist Life

As a clinical supervisor and professor, I meet many clinicians who find themselves burned out, bored, or numb after years of showing up for their patients and neglecting, to some degree, to show up for themselves. The reality of our work is that in order to sustain and enjoy it, we must intentionally deal with the...

Children & Teens

7 Things Children of Divorced Parents Need to Hear

Alice’s parents sat her down to tell her that they were going to get a divorce. She expected it long before they spoke. Recently their fighting escalating into no communication at all and the tension in the house was unbearable. Even though she was only a pre-teen, Alice was already worried about what the divorce...

Abuse

Coping with Blame

The Blame GameHave you ever been in a difficult relationship with someone, where you end up being blamed for all the problems? Or, have you ever tried to resolve a conflict with someone and all they did was put the responsibility for the problems completely on your back?When you are being constantly blamed for things...

Coping Skills

The Power of Intentional Self-Talk

After being in an abusive relationship for over 10 years, Marvin could not get it together. He had finally left the relationship, severed the ties, got some counseling, and even moved away but he was still struggling. The harmful words of his ex still rang in his ears. He would hear her voice in his head...

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