Dear Tzippora – question from LA

Published on November 5, 2016

Dear Tzippora,
I have a child on the autistic spectrum whose behavior can be strange and confusing for people who are not familiar with this disorder. Yet I enjoy having guests in my home both for Shabbos meals, and as sleepover guests. I don’t want to give up hosting others in my home because of my daughter’s diagnosis, yet I don’t know how to balance the desire to have guests with the reality of my daughter’s embarrassing and unpredictable emotional outbursts.

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“Ruff” Times-What Research Says About Animal -Assisted Therapy

Published on October 23, 2016

“Ruff” Times What Research Says About Animal -Assisted Therapy There is a growing body of…

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Language Empowers

Published on October 13, 2016

How can you regain a sense of control in your life? The way you talk to yourself is not a trivial matter. Your words have power. Saying ‘I have to clean the house’ is not the same as saying ‘I want to create an environment that’s clean and uncluttered, that’s a pleasure to live and work in.’

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Parenting That Child

Published on September 28, 2016

Summer break has come and gone and it’s back to work, school and the daily…

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Family Tech: SMS or SOS? Exploring the impact of technology on our most intimate relationships

Published on September 14, 2016

What’s the role of technology in an intimate relationship? Is it bringing us closer by…

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Avoiding the Therapy Roundabout – 12 tips to maximize your therapeutic experience so that the issues that ail don’t make therapy fail.

Published on September 14, 2016

Many more issues bring people into therapy and could potentially make them exit at the same place they entered. The client who comes to therapy because of low self-esteem feels he doesn’t deserve the therapist’s time and attention and that he shouldn’t be wasting money on himself. The depressed client feels that therapy is hopeless and she doesn’t have the strength or emotional resources to get out of bed to make it to the session. The client who is so overwhelmed by the stressful circumstances of her life has a hard time fitting anything else into her over-packed schedule and doesn’t keep appointments. The client with an anxiety disorder may find that talking about his anxiety triggers is too anxiety-provoking for him to continue. The nature of therapy is such that people come in because something is ailing them. Unfortunately, the very things that ail can make therapy fail.

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EMDR: How and Why?

Published on September 11, 2016

Personal and professional experience with EMDR

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Chewbacca Visits: The Power of a Dream

Published on September 4, 2016

Dreams bring images and messages from the depths of our soul. It is our psyche’s way of compensating for our conscious life, which is only one-half of our life-story. Our dream life brings a richness and ebb and flow to our daily existence. Likewise when we are in touch with our unconscious, there is a flow to our daily existence much like the ebb and flow of the waves of the sea. Our unconscious helps bring us light and creativity and vitality.

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Control Over Fear – Parshat Devarim

Published on August 11, 2016

I have spent over 30 years speaking with clients about their emotions. Most of that time I was trying to help them to identify and legitimize their emotional reactions. I have even built up a defensive kind of reaction to a parent who says “don’t be afraid”, especially when we know how important fear can be and the function it serves. “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”1
So, I approach this

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Can Adolescents Act Abusively?

Published on August 9, 2016

Parents are often reluctant to admit that their teenager is acting in ways which are abusive due to their own feelings of guilt, shame or a sense of failure. In some of these cases, the adolescent was exposed to domestic violence or experienced abuse within the family at an earlier age and then repeats familiar family patterns at a later stage. In other cases, however, no history of abuse exists within the family.

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The Fibromyalgia Dialectic

Published on July 31, 2016

For Fibro patients, they are often caught between the body’s desire to stay still — as interpreted through the amount of pain being perceived, and the knowledge that motion may relieve pain.

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Talk Therapy: It’s Not What You May Think

Published on July 26, 2016

Therapy is not for the hopeless but for the hopeful, not for the fearful but for the brave.

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In Relationship with Mental Illness

Published on July 19, 2016

If your spouse suffers from a mental health issue or addiction, there are some concrete steps you can take to improve your life. These are the first pieces of building your relationship.

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As a mother do you try to “do it all”?

Published on July 14, 2016

Most mothers I talk to try and “do it all”. They want to be amazing…

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