Category Archives: Relationship with Self

Quieting the Inner Critic: Teens and Self Hate. Lessons from Colbie Callait’s “Try”

 by Lauren Angel, MA, LLPC Being recognized is a value for all of us, but for teens, it is all they see. Am I enough? Not just enough for myself, but “Am I enough FOR THEM?” In the process of … Continue reading

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What’s In Your Backpack?

by Jim Hassett, MA, LLPC At the all-male high school where I am a counselor students hardly use their lockers. Instead, they carry their books around with them all day long in huge over-stuffed backpacks making the hallways at class exchange … Continue reading

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Getting Free with the Help of “The Mighty Metaphor”

by Jim Hassett, MA, LLPC “If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a metaphor is worth a thousand pictures.” Dr. Peter Fuda Metaphors are powerful teaching tools because they open thinking, make complex ideas  simple, and are memorable, … Continue reading

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The Gift of Receiving Love: Why Mother Theresa Might Have Struggled in a Partnership

by Dr. Tim Hogan I used to be surprised when charismatic and hard-working church volunteers and leaders showed up in my office with serious marital problems. Not anymore. The truth is that  many of us, including religious and helping professionals, … Continue reading

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Handling Unexpected Disclosure

 by Randy Hermann, MA, LPC, CSAT The discovery of a spouse’s infidelity, whether it involves physical/emotional contact with  another person or pornographic images, can be one of the most painful, traumatizing life events one can experience. It can also be one of … Continue reading

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Turning Off Your ‘Worry Wipers’

by Mary McKheen, LMSW, ACSW On a family road trip through the New Englandstates, our car developed an unusual problem.  The windshield wipers would not stop working, even though the lever was in the off position.  The sun shone bright but those … Continue reading

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Facing Sexual Addiction

by Randy Hermann, MA, LLPC, CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) Facing sexual issues is one of the more personally challenging things one can undertake. Fear, shame, and denial all play a role in maintaining secret lives that conflict with our … Continue reading

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Gracious Grieving During the Holidays

By Gwendolyn L. Pettway, LLPC Making strong and wise choices to manage your grief during the holidays will set the tone for the rest of the year. The holidays are often painful for grieving folks. Our society puts many demands on … Continue reading

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How People Change

by Randy Hermann, LLPC Quite often it is possible to look back at our lives and readily identify those times when something or someone catapulted us into an emotional or spiritual growth spurt. We typically don’t realize it at the … Continue reading

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

by Victoria Coyne, LPC Who do you see when you look in the mirror each morning?  Do you like the person looking back? Many of us struggle to see and become our best selves because we look to other people … Continue reading

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