Succeed By Stopping Smoking For The Right Reasons

If you are trying to stop smoking, it is good to take the time to ask yourself why you want to quit. And I know that to you, it may seem obvious, but you would be surprised to discover that the why can control your chances of success. There is a kind of statement beginning […]

Using Mindfulness – Based Psychotherapy For Treatment of Trauma

27 year old Sonia enters the office and slides into her chair, facing her therapist. She starts to talk about her week, her difficult triggers happening in relationship with her female partner. “I can’t seem to tolerate any touch lately. I know I’m turning Maria off!” Her therapist, Esther, and she have been meeting for […]

A Contagion of Mental Health

People don’t usually have much difficulty calling upon the services of an electrician, a mechanic, or a golf pro. When problems exceed our capacity to deal with them, we regularly summon a professional to make things right. And we seldom hesitate to recommend appropriate professional help for a friend: “You should really see someone about […]

Gender Identity Issues in Therapy

What sort of gender identity issues might bring you into therapy? You might feel like your gender expression is different than what others around you have expected. You may feel like you were born the wrong sex/gender. You may identify as transgender or transsexual and want a therapist who already gets what that means. You […]

10 Proven Methods for Increasing Low Self-Esteem

To know me is to love me. Get to know yourself and you will be amazed how much better you feel about who you are. True self-esteem is not dependent upon outside accomplishments or acquisitions. It’s about self-love. Leo Buscaglia, famous author and teacher of Love 101 at UCLA put it this way. “For love […]

Childhood Rages in Adopted Children

Rages are not uncommon in children who are adopted from domestic foster care or internationally. If you have a child who does this then you know the symptoms – it may be a sudden outburst, or it may be a slow but unstoppable escalation from mild irritation to full blown rage. You may know the […]

What is Body Centered Psychotherapy?

Body centered psychotherapy, also known as somatic psychotherapy, encompasses a variety of approaches to psychological health that acknowledges the importance of the body in forming our experience of life and actively use the body in therapy as a source of information and a resource for healing. The feelings, emotions and impulses that arise from the […]

PTSD Treatment for Combat Veterans

PTSD is a major problem for veterans today and is going to become a bigger problem over time. That's not speculation it's a fact, based on the massive number of troops that have been in combat in recent years. In fact, more than 2.0 million American and coal troops have served in military operations in […]

Addiction Treatment

Addiction has to be distinguished from habit or experiment or party time. Addiction is the inability to predict what will happen in any day after the first use of a mood-altering substance or process. Will the person always – every time – be able to take it or leave it by choice or will an […]

The Aftershocks of Trauma

If trauma can be equated to an earthquake, then its multiple manifestations, most of which exert their effects on a person for the remainder of his life, can be considered its aftershocks. But what exactly is trauma? 1. Trauma Defined: Trauma is an automatic response to the threat of safety or survival. It is an […]