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Book Review: Broken Pieces: Essays Inspired by Life by Rachel Thompson

“Talking about sexual assault can be conceptualized as a political act….. “

Sarah Ullman, Ph.D.

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Broken Pieces is written by Rachel Thompson, author and activist. She is creator and founder of the Twitter blog memes #MondayBlogs,  #SexAbuseChat and #BookMarketingChat. A sexual abuse survivor herself, she is an advocate for others.  She has given a voice to sexual abuse survivors who have been traditionally silenced. And those who have a voice are empowered. Hers is a positive story as she slowly builds a loving life for herself with her own husband and family.

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Re-opening my private practice in Wayne, NJ

I’m announcing the grand re-opening of my private psychotherapy practice.

I’ll be returning to my former location at:
1581 Route 23 South in Wayne, New Jersey

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Radical Acceptance is a large concept and a large skill

 

A definition and overview of DBT’s Distress Tolerance can be found here.

Radical Acceptance is a large concept. And a large skill to practice.

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Help for Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

Some women get morning sickness during pregnancy and others don’t. About 80% of all women have morning sickness. In fact, it can one of the first signs that you are pregnant! For some, it’s just a mild nausea, but for others, unfortunately, it can be so bad that you can’t eat or drink any  water! The nausea may not only occur in the morning, too.  Sometimes it can happen around the clock! Morning sickness may be one of your first signs that you’re pregnant, so nausea can  be a joyous sign!  Hopefully, the morning sickness will only occur in the first trimester or your pregnancy and begin to end by the start of the second semester. However, this isn’t alway the case.  Some women will continue with some nausea  until the baby is born!

No one is for certain what causes morning sickness, and one of the  popular ideas is that it is caused by a surge of hormones as the placenta is developing, so it’s a change in your body as your body starts to accommodate your pregnancy.  Sometimes the  prenatal vitamin pill irritates some women’s stomach, so try taking it with food and  later in the day.  Always find out first with your doctor before taking anything new or taking yourself off medication, even prenatal pills.

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Random Act of Kindness

I just had a relaxing massage today. When I get knots in my shoulders and neck, I get creaky. Feel so much better in my body, mind and spirit when the kinks are worked out. My wonderful massage therapist gave me a few pieces of Dove chocolate as I was leaving. I ate one but didn’t want them all. I stopped to gas up the car and as I paid the attendant I handed him the chocolate. I got the best reaction from him! A big sunny smile and a thank you! It was so much fun! Have a beautiful day!

Myths About Infant Bonding and Attachment

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Being a new parent was one of the most confusing times in my life. Everything changes: the way that you feel about yourself, the way your marriage functions, and the way that you care for your child(ren) can turn your world upside down. To make it worse, everyone (loads of parenting experts, doctors, friends, relatives, etc.) believe that their advice will make your parenting experience easier.

Almost all of this parenting advice is well-intended, but more often than not you’ll hear confusing and contradictory claims about parenting that can make your job even more difficult than nature made it to begin with!

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How Affective Neuroscience and Depression Relate

 

Healthy early relationships strengthens brain and emotional health !

Healthy early relationships strengthens brain and emotional health !

David Goss, Psy.D., in an article published in the March 2015 issue of Counseling Psychology Review, investigates how therapy can positively impact a depressed person’s brain biology.

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Hillary Clinton’s Mental Health Statement

Hillary ClintonFor the fall of the 2016 Presidential campaign, I’m reviewing the candidates’ policies on mental health, a topic close to my heart, as a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor. I’ve been slugging away in the trenches for quite some time.  In addition, mental health is an important issue for us all as citizens of the world…as depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

(For this longest election cycle ever, I’ve had to use my mindfulness, emotional regulation and news fasting skills this fall as my sanity is important to me.) Sigh..ok, moving on…

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#WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

suicide hotline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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