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Claire Nana

Articles by Claire Nana:

  • Book Review: Quickies: The Handbook of Brief Sex Therapy
    15 Mar 2018

    Sex is one the most frequently searched terms on the internet, and among the most commonly searched phrases is: “How to have good sex?” Clearly, it is something a large […]

  • Book Review: Daughter Detox
    14 Mar 2018

    A central tenet of object relations theory is that the first object internalized is that of the mother. As an object, the mother is expected to be good, loving, and […]

  • Book Review: The Upside of Shame
    13 Mar 2018

    In our motivation to feel better, to live wholeheartedly, and to embrace the happiness that is rightfully ours, we might have missed one very important piece. In fact, we might […]

  • Book Review: The Empowered Mama
    12 Mar 2018

    “It seems to me that a happy life would be a pretty good legacy to leave your children,” writes Lisa Druxman in her new book, The Empowered Mama: How to […]

  • Book Review: The Interbrain
    11 Mar 2018

    British psychoanalyst Adam Phillips often referred to nonverbal communication as “what falls out of the patient’s pockets while he’s speaking.” For Digby Tantam, a psychiatrist, professor, and author of The Interbrain: […]

  • Book Review: The Heart of Trauma
    10 Mar 2018

    Betrayal, painful losses, devastating natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and mass shootings can all cast a physiological residue on those left in their wake. A neuroscientific footprint that extends far […]

  • Book Review: Out Of The Madhouse
    09 Mar 2018

    Michael Maitland suffered from clinical depression, anxiety, and anorexia so severe that it landed him in the emergency room with a collapsed lung. In his new book, Out Of The […]

  • Book Review: Parenting the Addicted Teen
    07 Mar 2018

    While parents play a critical role in a teen’s recovery from addiction, the cycle of addiction itself often disempowers the entire family in such a way that recovery and reconnection […]

  • Book Review: The Kindness Cure
    05 Mar 2018

    The British psychoanalyst Adam Phillips once wrote, “Kindness is always hazardous because it is based on a susceptibility to others, a capacity to identify with their pleasures and sufferings.” Yet, […]

  • Book Review: To Heal A Wounded Heart
    04 Mar 2018

    “No early trauma defies our capacity for healing and…if we can find our way back to the tender part of us most affected by suffering, eased in an upwelling of […]

  • Book Review: Stonewall Strong
    12 Feb 2018

    For many gay men, trauma is a recurring theme in life. The legacy of gay men, writes  John-Manuel Andriote in Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight For Resilience, Good Health, And […]

  • Book Review: Running On Empty No More
    10 Feb 2018

    In her first book, Running On Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect, Jonice Webb introduced what was then a groundbreaking concept for many: It’s not that your parents didn’t love […]

  • Book Review: A Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction
    08 Feb 2018

    It’s true in this country that we do have a war on drugs. But for many parents, that war is waging in their own home with their own teenagers. According […]

  • Book Review: Dancing With Your Baby
    07 Feb 2018

    “Because dancing with a baby is so instinctive, compelling, and carefree, we likely aren’t aware of its importance,” writes Sue Doherty in her new book, Dancing With Your Baby: The […]

  • Book Review: How To Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re An Adult
    03 Feb 2018

    The search for better is inherent in us all. It may appear as the drive toward economic success, public validation, or improved relationships. However, the primary thing we desire, according […]

  • Book Review: It’s Not What You’re Eating, It’s What’s Eating You
    01 Feb 2018

    We live in a weight-obsessed world. Not only are we exposed to a constant barrage of images of the “perfect body,” but when it comes to attaining it we tend […]

  • Book Review: It’s Not Always Depression
    25 Jan 2018

    Depression is thought to be one of the most common psychological ailments. When clinical social worker Hilary Jacobs Hendel wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled, “It’s Not Always […]

  • Book Review: How To Be Single & Happy
    31 Dec 2017

    “Why are you still single?” For many single women, this is a question that implies not only that they should they be coupled up, but that if they are not, […]

  • Book Review: The Diagnostic System
    30 Dec 2017

    While it’s true that many illnesses are foreign to the average person, many of the core symptoms of mental illness are familiar to virtually everyone. “Not only does the public […]

  • Book Review: I Fell In Love With An Asexual
    27 Dec 2017

    “How had I ended up in such an unusual situation, with someone so amazing, and at the same time incompatible in such an important way? Why couldn’t we live in […]

  • Book Review: The Ethics of Caring
    05 Dec 2017

    Caring is a universal force that compels healers all of kinds, from therapists to bodyworkers. Yet, as much as we are all drawn to the desire to help, really helping […]

  • Book Review: Altered Traits
    04 Dec 2017

    The word mindfulness is now used so commonly that it has almost entirely lost its meaning. And yet, mindfulness lies at the core of meditation, a practice that — despite its vast […]

  • Book Review: Your Behavior
    02 Dec 2017

    Have you ever done something and then asked yourself, “Why did I do that?” Or perhaps you’ve wondered why other people act in the ways that they do, or how […]

  • Book Review: The Influential Mind
    02 Dec 2017

    “It seems to me that the people with the most important message, those who have the most useful advice, are not necessarily the ones who have the largest impact,” writes […]

  • Book Review: The Possibility Principle
    01 Dec 2017

    When notions of separation fade, the deep-rooted sense that we are all connected, and that every living thing is part of a much greater whole emerges. This very thought offers […]

  • Book Review: Tough-To-Treat Anxiety
    30 Nov 2017

    Anxiety is one of the most common problems people face today, and yet, it is often complicated with other co-existing conditions, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, autism, and depression. Comorbidity […]

  • Book Review: Your Resonant Self
    25 Oct 2017

    We all have an inner voice. Sometimes this voice is reassuring, kind, and compassionate. Other times, it is critical, cruel, and the source of shame. Acting like a barometer for […]

  • Book Review: On Clinical Social Work
    21 Oct 2017

    What is the truth about social work? In her new book, On Clinical Social Work: Meditations and Truths From The Field, clinical social worker Danna Bodenheimer, explores this question with […]

  • Book Review: No More Narcissists
    20 Oct 2017

    “The problem is that narcissistic men can initially seem so appealing that it can be hard for those involved with them to break away,” writes Candace Love in her new […]

  • Book Review: Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Kids
    19 Oct 2017

    No parent is a stranger to the often intense and overwhelming outbursts of a child. But when children experience the strong emotions that propel their behavior, many parents also wonder […]

  • Book Review: Helping Your Angry Teen
    17 Oct 2017

    If you are the parent of a teenager, I’m willing to bet you’ve experienced some anger. I’m also willing to bet that you were unsure how to diffuse the anger […]

  • Book Review: Face Value
    15 Oct 2017

    The last time you voted for a political candidate, you likely thought about their political party affiliations, their positions on the issues that are important to you, and perhaps their […]

  • Book Review: Heal Your Mind, Heal Your Life
    11 Oct 2017

    Occasional negative thoughts are a common feature of the human experience. While they can sometimes be justified, purposeful, and helpful in identifying pain and avoiding dangerous situations, they can also […]

  • Book Review: Help Your Kids With Adolescence
    10 Oct 2017

    Adolescence is often experienced as a confusing, overwhelming time for teenagers. For parents of teenagers, the years of transition from childhood to adulthood can be equally confusing and frustrating. As […]

  • Book Review: Radical Acceptance: The Secret to Happy, Lasting Love
    06 Oct 2017

    At the heart of all advice about how to have better relationships, resolve conflict, improve connection, and enhance intimacy is the idea of simply learning to accept others for who they are. […]

  • Book Review: Engaging Adolescents
    04 Oct 2017

    “The two biggest issues facing parents today are how to sort out what difficult behavior really is and how to manage it,” writes Michael Hawton. In his new book, Engaging […]

  • Book Review: Hero
    02 Oct 2017

    While we often talk about raising children in the right neighborhood, and ensuring that they attend the right college and study the right things, when it comes to raising children today, […]

  • Book Review: Blinded by Hope
    01 Oct 2017

    The words, “You’ve suffered no hardship,” ring in Meg McGuire’s ears as she watches her forty-three year old son receive a sentence to four years in prison. It is then that she […]

  • Book Review: Crazy-Stressed
    30 Sep 2017

    “If you think your teen is more stressed, anxious, and depressed than you were back in your teen day, you’re right. If you think that’s because he’s lazy and weak […]

  • Book Review: Addiction Treatment
    31 Aug 2017

    Spanning across all socioeconomic statuses, races, cultures and ages, addiction is one of the largest and most insidious problems our society faces today. And yet, for the medical doctors who […]

  • Book Review: The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy
    31 Aug 2017

    There are many theoretical orientations of psychotherapy, and certainly, many things can be considered therapeutic, yet they all have one thing in common – a change in the nervous system. […]

  • Book Review: Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery
    30 Aug 2017

    Yoga and meditation, though they exist in many forms today, have always represented a form of healing. Through breathing, we connect more deeply to our bodies. Through mindfulness, we connect […]

  • Book Review: Replanting Lives Uprooted By Mental Illness
    29 Aug 2017

    In her new book, Replanting Lives Uprooted By Mental Illness: A Practical Guide For Families, Nancy Boucher explores how families can be the key to healing that a person with […]

  • Book Review: On Edge
    03 Aug 2017

    “Fear ambushes me… I feel fine… And then, a second later, I’m not,” writes Andrea Peterson. Her new book, On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety, is an exploration of her life with anxiety, […]

  • Book Review: Born Anxious
    02 Aug 2017

    The story of Daniel P. Keating’s new book, Born Anxious: The Lifelong Impact of Early Adversity – and How to Break the Cycle begins from the day we are conceived. While […]

  • Book Review: The Attachment Bond
    01 Aug 2017

    Attachment is often described as a process that acts like a blueprint for our relationships. What we learn in our first – and most formative – relationship becomes the basis […]

  • Book Review: Finally Out
    30 Jul 2017

    There are many things that make life challenging for homosexual men, and coming out is certainly one of them. However, coming out late in life has its own unique set […]

  • Book Review: The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook
    26 Jul 2017

    If you told most people that after a traumatic event, they could feel stronger, more open to new experiences, more appreciative of life, a deepened sense of spirituality and closer, more authentic […]

  • Book Review: Scared Selfless
    10 Jul 2017

    Dr. Michelle Stevens’ new book, Scared Selfless: My Journey from Abuse and Madness to Surviving and Thriving, powerfully weaves the story of a survivor of a child sex ring with […]

  • Book Review: Engaging Adolescents
    05 Jul 2017

    Adolescence is a time when kids individuate from their parents in confusing, and often troubling, ways. For many parents the question becomes not just how to keep them out of […]