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Diagnosed with a Dissociative Disorder: What’s Next?

Diagnosed with a Dissociative Disorder: What’s Next?

Dissociative Disorders are characterized as mental disorders that involve experiencing a disconnection between reality and fantasy. Individuals that have this disorder often lack continuity between thoughts,...
Do You Recognize Your Own Resilience? Some Guidelines

Do You Recognize Your Own Resilience? Some Guidelines

I was recently in a shop with a friend when a young man in his late twenties came in to get his hair cut. Friendly and likeable he was amusing the hairdresser with some stories of his birthday....
How to Find the Strength to Leave a Relationship

How to Find the Strength to Leave a Relationship

It takes tremendous courage to leave a relationship that no longer fits. It takes tremendous self-love to know you deserve better. It takes tremendous faith to believe something better, someone...
Action Without Attention

Action Without Attention

If I tell you I was working on something and then I got distracted, you probably visualize me dropping whatever I was working on and going to do something else....
Chocolate: The Best Stress Easer at Easter

Chocolate: The Best Stress Easer at Easter

Question: What’s the tastiest Easter treat to ease stress?  Answer: the raw carrots left for the Easter Bunny. Wrong! The correct answer, per this chocolate devotee, is the delicious milk-chocolate bunny;...
6 Inspiring Books That Will Lift Your Mood

6 Inspiring Books That Will Lift Your Mood

Losing yourself in the pages of a riveting novel or memoir is a legitimate form of therapy. Even better is coming away from the characters and the story with a...
A Therapist Listens to the Message

A Therapist Listens to the Message

I see therapists as surgeons of the soul who have learned to help clean out the wounds of clients who come to us for healing themselves and then sew them...
The Trump Effect: Observations and Coping Skills

The Trump Effect: Observations and Coping Skills

4 ways Trump’s presidency has evoked a sense of powerlessness: 1) Marginalization – when an individual or group minimizes or disavows the legitimacy, rights or privileges of others who are believed to be somehow different from the mainstream....
Today I Love Sunshine Through My Window

Today I Love Sunshine Through My Window

Today I love sunshine through my window and into my home. I love that the temperature is supposed to climb up into the sixties today and that’s pretty good when you live half way between the north pole and the equator. ...

Memoirs of An Adoptive Mother

In our book A Womb of Her Own, (Routledge, 2017) author JoAnn Ponder writes of her own experiences as an adoptive mother. She states as follows: I was exhilarated to arrive home after two weeks in China,...
The Emotional Power of 6 Different Toys

The Emotional Power of 6 Different Toys

Have you ever wondered what different toys foster in your child’s inner world? Let me tell you about a few of them. Charles Schaefer,...
Podcast: There’s More to Trauma than PTSD

Podcast: There’s More to Trauma than PTSD

 Most of us are familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD (deservedly) gets a lot of attention, largely focused on soldiers returning from service. But trauma comes in many forms,...
Autism: Why I Don’t Do Eye Contact

Autism: Why I Don’t Do Eye Contact

  I asked some of my autistic friends, and this is what they had to say: Because I forget that it matters to you when I’m focusing on what you are saying....
Social Media Surveillance for Disability Fraud

Social Media Surveillance for Disability Fraud

The New York Times ran an article on March 10 that’s been getting a lot of attention on Facebook. I just saw it yesterday or I’d have written this sooner. ...
Jealous Mothers Competing with their Daughters

Jealous Mothers Competing with their Daughters

What do you do when you realise your own mother is trying to steal everything your little sister holds dear? It’s not a new thing. My mother has been insanely jealous of her youngest daughter,...
8 Causes of Self-Sabotage

8 Causes of Self-Sabotage

Often referred to as “getting in your own way” self-sabotage implies that you are doing harm to yourself even though there are better options. Examples