How to Effectively Stage a Drug and Alcohol Intervention

Alcoholism can severely alter the addict’s life and devastate and destroy his/her family. It can negatively affect the individual’s self-esteem, mood, career, friendships and romantic relationships. In many situations, friends and family have tried talking to… CLICK HERE

The Emotional Toll of Drug and Alcohol Addictions on the Family

A drug and alcohol addiction can devastate a family dynamic. As a result of the drug and alcohol abuse, the addict may say or do things that he/she would normally not say or do. For instance, the addict may steal from family members, alienate himself/herself from… CLICK HERE

The Emotional and Psychological Signs of Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse includes both emotional and psychological abuse and/or physical violence. It does not distinguish between race, age, gender, culture, sexual orientation…  CLICK HERE

Anger: Don’t Put a Lid on It

Anger is a natural emotion. But when anger is mismanaged or hidden, it can affect your health, career, and relationships. If you find yourself struggling… CLICK HERE


 Can Marriage Help You Live Longer?

Research shows that marriage contributes to good health, and people who are healthier tend to live longer. Married men and women are less likely to have drinking problems, commit suicide, and develop mental problems… CLICK HERE


 Caregiver Stress: The Impact of Chronic Disease on the Family

A chronic condition is a problem that lasts for a long time or one that will never go away, such as Parkinson’s disease, AIDS, cancer, or Alzheimer’s disease. With the growing aging population, many more people will be touched… CLICK HERE


Caught With Your Pants Down? The Psychology of Embarrassment

Mark Twain once said, “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.” Embarrassment is a powerful emotion from which no person in any… CLICK HERE


Developing Healthy Friendships

“Every time I see him on the playground, he’s playing by himself. He seems happy, but I’m worried that he doesn’t have any friends. When I… CLICK HERE

Difficult People: How to Deal and When to Ditch

Jerri Ledford liked to think of herself as a good friend, but she had finally reached her limit. Despite subtle hints and blunt reminders… CLICK HERE


 Forgiveness: It’s a Great Feeling

Sometimes forgiving the people who have hurt you is the best path to peace of mind and a way to move forward in your life.The early life of John Welshons was a series of devastating physical… CLICK HERE


Growing Up Sober: A Challenging Journey for Adult Children of Alcoholics

Suzanne grew up in a house where yelling and criticizing were as much a part of daily routines as her father’s two glasses of gin after work. “No emotion… CLICK HERE


How a New Baby Can Affect the Parents’ Relationship

Bringing home your new bundle of joy can be an exciting time, but it is also the beginning of a changed dynamic in the household. The transition from couple… CLICK HERE


Intimate Encounters: Decoding the Secrets of Body Language

It is impossible for human beings not to communicate their innermost thoughts. In many cases body language, eye contact, and sexual gestures are more… CLICK HERE


Keeping Your Relationship Strong After the Birth of Your Baby

In the midst of all the excitement of planning for a new baby, many couples don’t think ahead about the adjustments that parenting brings. It is common for… CLICK HERE


Leaving Loneliness Behind

Loneliness is a universal experience known to every human being on earth. Everyone is potentially susceptible to loneliness, including the rich and famous… CLICK HERE


 Marriage and Family Therapy

Think about the last time you felt angry, sad, or blissful. Chances are, your mental state had something to do with an interaction with another person… CLICK HERE


Overcoming Fear of Intimacy

Based on a decades-long study of married couples and their children, Robert W. Firestone, PhD, and Joyce Catlett, authors of Fear of Intimacy, believe that self… CLICK HERE


Secondhand Emotions: “Catching” a Bad Mood

Study authors Reed W. Larson of theUniversityofIllinoisand David M. Almeida at theUniversityofArizonaatTucsonsay that the repeated… CLICK HERE

Social Phobia: Not Just Shyness

We all get butterflies at some point in our lives, but when fear of social interaction threatens to take over your life, it is time to seek help… CLICK HERE


Taking Risks in Love and Life

Are you a risk-taker? Or do you always take the safe, easy way out? Do you stay in your comfortable but dull job because going on job interviews is just too scary?… CLICK HERE


When a Loved One Has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FMS) are debilitating chronic illnesses that can strike people of both sexes and all age groups. Partners… CLICK HERE


Client Therapist Relationship

Undergoing therapy may help you change your maladaptive or unsatisfactory patterns of coping and handling stressful situations. It may even be simply a relief to talk to someone about what is happening while learning how to alter your approach to deal with it more successfully… READ MORE

How To Choose A Therapist

Have you made the decision to seek therapy? The steps to choosing a therapist are important for successful treatment. You do not want to share your personal problems with a person with a less than stellar track record or an inexperienced practitioner. Your goal should be to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can create a relationship. Therapy is difficult – you are sharing your deepest emotions – and a personal connection is imperative… READ MORE

When Life Gets to Be Too Much

The concept of stress is not a new one. It has been used as a term since the 14th century. No matter who you are, what culture you are from, or what you do, you will come face-to-face with stress. It is almost as natural as breathing in today’s complex and fast-paced world… READ MORE

You’re Never Alone

Life is full of events that must be endured and overcome whether we like it or not but you’re never alone. For example, a friend or family member dies unexpectedly; you are laid off at work; you lose your home in a tornado or flood; your teenage son is using drugs; your marriage is headed for divorce; you can’t pay your bills on time; and on and on and on. At times it may seem like nothing good is happening in your life… READ MORE

Transactional Analysis

Transactional analysis is can be summed up as the study of interactions between individual people.  However, the theory of transaction analysis delves into many more aspects than just interactions.  It discusses the roots of these actions and how they are learned.  In psychology, transactional analysis therapy can be used to help patients identify patterns in relationships and help them change these relationship structures… READ MORE

Psychological Approaches to Drug and Alcohol Addictions

There are a variety of psychological approaches that can help you recover from your drug and/or alcohol addiction and maintain your sobriety. The one thing that all of these approaches share in common is the concept that you achieve abstinence if you acknowledge your addiction, accept your role in the addiction, identify and avoid your triggers and make a conscious effort to change your behavior… READ MORE

Child and Adolescent Bullying: The Bully’s Perspective

Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Approximately 1 out of 2 children are bullied at some time during their school years and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. Bullying can take the form of verbal insults and/or physical threats… READ MORE

Art Therapy for Adolescents

Adolescence typically occurs between ages 13 and 19, but it can occur earlier or later depending on the individual. During adolescence, you transition from childhood to adulthood. You experience a myriad of physical, emotional, sexual and psychological changes during this time. You tend to be overly concerned with how your peers react to you. Your self-esteem and self-value is based on how others perceive you versus how you see yourself. This is often a time of internal struggle. You want to be independent yet you also want your parents’ guidance, protection and support… READ MORE


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