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Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Parental Favoritism Creates Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents

It’s very early in the school year and one thing I’ve noticed is that more and more of the students that are getting referred to me for counseling aren’t the typical “bad apples” or “lost” kids, but kids who are good students, are never in trouble, yet are miserable. How miserable? One cuts herself and …

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How Pregnancy and Postpartum are Affected by Eating Disorders

Originally posted on help4yourfamily:
During my vacation, Leah DeCesare from Mother’s Circle has been kind enough to write a guest post about an important topic.  Enjoy! How Pregnancy and Postpartum are Affected by Eating Disorders by Leah Decesare, Over the course of a single spring, I worked with three women struggling with postpartum anxiety.…

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, A Brief Primer Part 3: Ignoring Negative Thoughts

As we discussed in part 2 of this series, according to cognitive behavioral therapy, our thoughts control our behaviors and thus control our feelings, but sometimes it is very difficult to control our thoughts for a number of reasons. On average, we have about 50,000 thoughts a day! Some of them, despite our best efforts, …

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One Kid at a Time

I’ve probably mentioned about a dozen times that the high school I work at is in an inner-city area. It’s not the worst area in the world or perhaps even in the city, but it is a place where poverty, drugs and violence are considered normal. Just four days into the school year after our …

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, A Brief Primer Part 2: The ABC’s of Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors

Albert Ellis is the father of what is known as Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy or REBT. Today, a lot of techniques used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) come from REBT and that includes much of the theory that our thoughts control our feelings and behaviors. Most people believe that an event or person “makes” them feel …

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My New Intern…

After years of dodging the bullet, my luck has finally run out. I am getting an intern. I never wanted an intern. I like to work alone (most counselors/therapist do). I enjoy coming to work and not being responsible for anyone except myself, yet this week that’s all changing. I’ve heard from fellow counselors that …

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Originally posted on PsychotherapySphere:
If you’ve worked with clients who have borderline personality disorder (BPD), you’ve probably had a conversation like this: Therapist: How did that make you feel? Client: I dunno. Therapist: How do you think that might have made someone else feel? Client: I dunno. Therapist: Take a look at that list of…

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Clearing The Air: Mental Illness In Relation to Smoking

The other day I was at a sports bar people watching, something I commonly do, when an attractive waitress caught my attention. I watched as she went outside on her break and then did the most disgusting and disfiguring thing, she put a cigarette between her lips and lit it. I was shocked as I …

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Originally posted on To Be Aware:
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Political Bullying: What Are We Modeling to Our Children?

As the political season heats up, I can’t help but to notice that the ads seem to get nastier and more personal, so much so that it takes me back to some of the countless meditations I’ve done with high school students and initially I couldn’t understand why, but then it hit me, these campaign ads are …

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