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Types of Co-Parenting Relationships

There are basically three types of co-parenting relationships. The most prevalent is parallel co-parenting in which each parent is basically disengaged from the other but is active in parenting. The relationship is characterized by minimal cooperation with each other but no open conflict. Approximately 50% of divorced couples maintain…

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…