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Predictors of Relationship Success

I recently wrote about the predictors of divorce. As negative as the topic probably felt, it was very necessary. If we don’t know what to work on, counseling wouldn’t be very effective at strengthening the relationship.

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Predictors of Divorce

“Will my marriage last?” Wouldn’t that be a terrifying question to hear answered when you start couples therapy? However, Dr. John Gottman and his wife, Dr. Julie Gottman, have spent a career answering that question. In fact, with approximately 94 percent accuracy, Dr. Gottman has found a formula to predict the stability of a relationship within 15 minutes of meeting a couple.

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How to Support Someone with Social Anxiety

Data from the World Mental Health (WMH) Survey Initiative reveals that nearly 12% of Americans, at some point in their life, will meet criteria for social anxiety disorder (SAD).  This means their anxiety is so impactful that it gets in the way of daily living.  For the shy individuals out there, that are currently self-diagnosing, know that the problem must be severe enough to interfere with your ability to succeed at school, work, and other social settings.

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Bibliotherapy- Grief and Death

Bibliotherapy is a creative art therapeutic approach that uses literature to aid in the therapy process. Children’s books can be an excellent clinical tool to support children’s exploration and understanding of their world and life experiences. This is a great tool I often give to parents in order to continue the therapeutic work outside of the office. Many children identify with the characters in the book because they are overcoming the same obstacles.

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Sleep

Where does this one fall on your priority list?  We can likely all agree that we are much more efficient, tolerant, and happy when we have had sufficient rest, but “a good night’s sleep” remains a subjective idea.  How much sleep is enough?  What are the risks?  You feel okay, so why make any changes to your sleep schedule? 

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Helping Your Child with Back to School Nerves

Starting the new school year is exciting, but it can also be nerve-racking for some children. Anxiety is a complicated for kids so I often use the terms nervousness, worry, fear, or school jitters. The term anxiety also comes with a stigma and many parents do not feel comfortable saying or recognizing that their child has anxiety. This can result in delaying treatment and not getting treatment at all.

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The Empathy Filter: Making the Conscious Choice to Take Another Perspective

Do you ever find yourself listening to a story from a friend or colleague, hearing their emotional experience of anger, frustration, indignation, excitement, hope, etc., and wondering how in the world they are arriving at the conclusions they’ve reached? Can you picture yourself thinking, “Wow, that was really cool of her” just as your friend is saying, “Can you believe how rude she was?” Or maybe you’re not the third party hearing this story from a friend – maybe you’re living it.

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Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder in Children and Teens

Anxiety disorders are common but can be difficult to diagnose in children. Panic attacks occur within the realm of anxiety disorders; however, they are not exclusive to anxiety disorders. Your child may complain about physical symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches, or other aches and pains.

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Suicide: How to Help

Suicide took 47,173 lives in 2017 (CDC, 2018). It took away our wives, husbands, children, friends, and beloved family members. It took doctors, teachers, and famed celebrities. Suicide does not discriminate and is no respecter of person. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and has seen a steady increase since the year 2000.

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January 2019 Position from Our Sex Therapist: The Firecracker

With many people having celebrated the new year earlier this week with firecrackers, this month’s featured position of the month is The Firecracker!  As a heads up, this position might be a bit tricky to get into, so you and your partner might find it helpful to talk about this position beforehand.

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100 Coping Strategies

In the heat of the moment we often forget the coping mechanisms we learn in therapy. It's easy to forget to pause and take a deep breath. I wanted to give you this list to help you in those moments where taking a deep breath just doesn't do the trick. Here are a 100 coping strategies to choose from. Enjoy! 

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Perspective-Taking in Children

I once had a child tell me that taking someone else’s perspective is impossible. Children, especially those diagnosed with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders, tend to take things literally and struggle with perspective-taking. This is because of a child’s cognitive development. Jean Piaget, a renowned psychologist and child development theorist, developed the stage theory of cognitive development that is still used to understand children today. This theory includes 4 stages

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