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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On Dreams

Published on July 13, 2016

The journey to explore our dreams—to ride into our subconscious—isn’t easy or quick. But it is filled with wondrous discoveries about who we really are. By delving with a trained therapist into our dreams, we can begin the kind of deep inner healing that leads to transformation. By understanding our dreams and what they are trying to tell us, we will find paths to our true selves, the paths that lead to inner peace.

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5 Tips to Maximize Your Therapy

Published on June 23, 2016

Recognising your issues and asking for help is not easy, let alone findig a therapist and embracing the process of change. It’s no wonder that many of my clients tell me that they wish they could just skip the therapy and just feel better. Unfortunately, many of our issues do not come with quick solutions and therapy is not a quick fix, but to help you make the most of your time in therapy, here are 5 tips to make your experience in therapy as successful as possible.

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How to Choose the Right Therapist

Published on June 21, 2016

As a therapist, I have heard too many clients tell me that they’ve had a negative experience…

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10 Ways to Improve a Marriage

Published on June 19, 2016

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were just “10 do it yourself fix it solutions…

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Better Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Published on June 5, 2016

Fibromyalgia is a painful condition. Doctors offer their Fibro patients many things that have been proven to help, and are dismayed when the patients don’t take advantage of these offerings. We need a new model for Fibro care, and CBT has it.

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Hope and Healing: From Warsaw to Jerusalem

Published on June 5, 2016

It was amazing how the strength of the comradery of the women enabled them to shift their view of themselves and their experience of MRKH from one in which they were hard done by and less of a woman, to feeling special. They were able to explore the possibilities that having MRKH presented to them. They also recognized the hope and possibilities that lay within their situation, on many levels. When the women started the workshop, many were nervous and fidgety. By the end, they were sitting up straight with big smiles on their faces and hope in their eyes.

What I learned was that we can all be hope experts, as we have all experienced life challenges. The more we recognize the challenges that we endured, remove the shame connected to those challenges and celebrate the accomplishments, the better able we can help others feel more hopeful too.

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Earth, Water, Air, and Fire

Published on June 5, 2016

The four classical elements are channels through which we make contact with the present moment reality, and engage our uniquely human mind – a mind capable of creativity, of connecting to others, of faith and spirituality.  I offer you these four elements as resources in moments of stress, panic, fear, or any other overwhelming experience.

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What is Important About the ADHD Diagnosis and What Can Be Done About It

Published on May 2, 2016

Through therapy, when working with a child and his/ her family, the goal is to identify in what areas ADHD behaviors are affecting the child, to see if his/ her needs are being met, and work with the child and family to best deal with the reality of these behaviors.

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