Chewbacca Visits: The Power of a Dream

by Robin B. Zeiger

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

by Avraham Friedman

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?

by Aviva Zahavi-Asa

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

by Sara Halevi

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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In Relationship with Mental Illness

by Chava Lederer

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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5 Tips to Maximize Your Therapy

by Liba Lurie

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

by Tanya Prochko

Choosing the right therapist may feel overwhelming. Here are some tips to help guide you.

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10 Ways to Improve a Marriage

by Naomi Sternberg

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

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Better Treatment for Fibromyalgia

by Sara Halevi

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

by Micki Lavin-Pell

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

by Chava Lederer

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

by Jonathan Levin

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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Identity Crisis – Pesach

by Avraham Friedman

Who is the person I would want to be? How would I behave differently? Do I have principles that I believe in? Will I stand up to pressure? Who am I really?
Many people living through the horrors of the Holocaust asked these questions.

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The Connection Between ADHD and Anxiety Disorders or Depression

by Aviva Zahavi-Asa

Several theories exist to explain the higher incidence of anxiety disorders or depression among individuals with ADHD. One theory presumes that because the same neurobiological systems that control attention also control mood, it is reasonable to assume that the neurological causes of ADHD also cause anxiety disorders or depression. Another theory posits that anxiety disorders or depression are an outcome of living with ADHD, especially if attention difficulties have gone undiagnosed or untreated for many years, often leading to chronic feelings of failure, frustration, disappointment and being overwhelmed.

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Adult ADHD

by Aviva Zahavi-Asa

Success for adults with ADHD often stems from identifying and building on their strengths, while not over-focusing on their weaknesses. Discovering one particular talent or specialized area of accomplishment is critical for adults (and children) with ADHD. The earlier in life that individuals with ADHD identify their strengths, the greater the likelihood that they will succeed as adults in their chosen academic or occupational fields of interest.

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Opposites Do Not Exist; Opposites Are Created

by Sara Jacobovici

In both our personal and professional lives, it is more manageable to work with ideas, strategies, plans, goals, relationships, feelings and so on, if we place them in an opposite.

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The Sensational Language of Engagement

by Sara Jacobovici

This blog is dedicated to Gretchen Schmelzer whose work has often inspired me. Her more…

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