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Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress is a part of daily life. Moderate stress can actually be healthy it can  serve as a motivator that focuses the mind and helps us to prioritize our activities. However, when stress reaches a certain level it becomes debilitating and may lead to health problems such as tension…

Ten Tips to Make Your Day to Day Life Easier

1. Try not to bite off more than you can chew

Many people try to accomplish too much in one day and then get frustrated.

2. Do not volunteer for any activity that you truly do not want to do.

Many people want to be “nice guys” and then resent it afterwards….

What Builds Self-Esteem?

That is an interesting question with a relatively easy answer. Success. In an age where every child gets a trophy, gradeflation is epidemic, and there are fewer opportunities for competition, egos are protected against failure. Not really. The false god of empty praise yields no protection against the storms…

Couples and Boundaries

The basic task for contented and healthy relationships is to figure out what’s mine, what’s yours, and what’s ours. This includes not only material goods but rights, privileges, and responsibilities. This is accomplished by setting boundaries, lines of demarcation. Each person needs to let the other know what is…

Stress in Today’s Workplace

Ever consider how much more stressful the work environment is today compared to even 10 years ago? We have so much more gadgetry. Our email needs to be checked. Our cell phones need to be answered. In mid conversation we are interrupted by a text…

New Mom’s and Stress

Motherhood is still the most respected role in our society. It brings great pleasure and fulfillment. However, it also brings a significant amount of stress. This is particularly true for the new mother. She tends to have high expectations of herself and may have little experience with her new…

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Causes and Treatment

In the last issue we defined the nature of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When deciding whether this description fits your client, I emphasized two key concepts: extreme threats and intense fear.

Commonly, experts misidentify chronic exposure to stress as a precursor to PTSD. This is simply false. The predisposing event…

Paraphilias: What is Sexually Abnormal?

Most practitioners have had to make judgments about their clients on what is considered to be sexually abnormal behavior. This is a difficult task since issues such as frequency, level of interest, object of interest have changed radically over time and among subcultures.

In our own culture, we have changed…

The Facts About Hypnosis

There are many myths about hypnosis. The most salient myth is that you can be controlled to perform acts you would not normally do. For example, in the movie, The Manchurian Candidate about an assassination, the main character is hypnotized to kill the head of state. …

Divorcing Couples and Psychotherapy

By the time a married partner consults with a lawyer, it is usually too late to “save the marriage.” This has been my experience as a clinician. However, it is not too late to prevent or at least reduce the acrimony and the chaos that may ensue…