Archive for December, 2012

  • Surviving Child Sexual Abuse
    What is child sexual abuse? Child sexual abuse is any sexual behavior directed toward a child by a person who has power over that child. Such behavior always involves a betrayal of the child’s trust. Some forms ...
  • Occupational Therapy and Mental Health
    The mental health treatment journey requires a collaborative effort by many people -- the individual, his or her caregivers, support providers, doctors, ...
  • January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her
    While riding in a car with her father, young Jani Schofield tells her dad, “I don’t want to go to the hospital, but I think I need to.” She is five years old. “Most three-year-olds are ...
  • Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychologist Marla Deibler
    Ever wonder what clinicians really think about their work? How they navigate stressors? And the resources they ...
  • Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook
    Two decades ago, in January 1993, Susan Lukas released Where to Start and What to Ask: An Assessment Handbook, aimed at guiding mental health practitioners toward better psychological assessments and intake interviews. Though the author ...
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
    “I’m a midwife to the dying – for those who want to hasten their death,” says George Exoo, a Unitarian preacher who claims to have assisted 102 people in killing themselves. He often carries a ...
  • Power Plays Between Brothers & Families
    This story shows how the troubled relationship between two brothers was a therapeutic opportunity to change maladaptive family patterns. Drew, 19, and Steve, 20, were close brothers raised in a volatile family. When Drew started getting into trouble in college, their mom arranged for the brothers to live together in an apartment, hoping that Steve could watch out for Drew. This solution backfired; the boys acted out family-related power plays. Physical confrontation escalated along with family-related conflict and hostility. At this point, the mom sought help. Mom and Dad’s Perspective Kate was an immigrant from Italy who, more than anything, wanted a better life for her children. She worked tirelessly to earn money for their education. Consistent with the old-school style of authoritarian parenting with which she was raised, Kate demanded devotion and obedience. She was very involved with her sons and, though caring, she was also high-strung, anxious and unrelenting when they didn’t perform - yelling, threatening and lecturing – reminding them of her very real sacrifice and suffering on their behalf. Drew perpetually disappointed and upset Kate. He failed to live up to her expectations and often lied to appease her. She worried about his ability to be independent, responsible, and protect himself. Steve, on the other hand, was seen as the ideal son: high-achieving, responsible, and aggressive. She constantly compared the two of them.
  • Reinventing the Meal: How Mindfulness Can Help You Slow Down, Savor the Moment, and Reconnect with the Ritual of Eating
    I've heard a lot about the philosophical zombie lately. My favorite science fiction author is writing a book with a philosophical zombie premise. Every time I was in the vicinity of a political ad this ...
  • Good Therapy for OCD
    With the help of the Internet, my son Dan correctly diagnosed himself with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) at the age of 17. After his ...
  • The Self Under Siege: A Therapeutic Model for Differentiation
    “How much of our identity or self is truly representative of our own wants and goals in life, and how much does it reflect the wants and priorities of someone else?” This is the question ...
  • Re-Gifting or Re-Giving?
    General wisdom these days declares that passing along a gift is tacky. Reasonable people get unreasonably offended when they even suspect that the puce ...
  • Therapists Spill: The Books That Changed My Life
    Books are getaways to far-off places you might never get to visit. Books are lessons you really needed to ...
  • The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans
    Is the battle of the sexes between men and women real or a social convention? It turns out that men and women compete not only for gender equality in the workplace, but also via the ...
  • Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery
    William Cope Moyers is best known as the author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption, the memoir chronicling his addiction and subsequent recovery. The book quickly became a New York Times bestseller upon ...
  • Healing from Childhood Abuse: Understanding the Effects, Taking Control to Recover
    During the 20th century, psychology was viewed as less than a science — mostly because it was difficult to gather hard evidence to back up theories about mental processes. In the modern age of neuroscience, ...
  • When You Can’t Afford Psychotherapy
    You know you’re in trouble. Maybe you’ve been depressed for what seems like ages. You can’t get motivated to do things. You ...
  • The Attachment Therapy Companion: Key Practices for Treating Children & Families
    In order for a traumatized child to heal, that child must be able to form a lasting, loving relationship with an older caregiver. Though this concept sounds intuitively valid, attachment therapy, a developing field based ...
  • Siblings Don’t Have to be Rivals
    Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring, quite ...

 

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