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Dream Work by Process of Imagination

Paola K Amaras | Posted 09.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Paola K Amaras

I was a teen when I learned about Gestalt dream work, and I liked the idea of the self-awareness that it espoused. Being in the present, understanding sensations, emotions, and behaviors was intriguing to a young girl on the verge of becoming a woman and falling in love. I was confused.

Love and Sex in the Desert

Pam Costa | Posted 09.06.2016 | Women
Pam Costa

As we were driving to Burning Man at the end of last summer, I came across a listing for a class called "Intimate Breathwork & Eyegazing". The workshop promised to help couples connect in a very deep way and I thought "I want to connect in a deep way with my husband... let's do this."


Kris Evans | Posted 09.06.2016 | Women
Kris Evans

I'm staying in a basement apartment which is something I have had a hard time getting use to in that I love light. Everything about light. The meaning of the word as well as the physical aspect and what it does to me and how it makes me feel.

7 Rules for Surviving Your First Breakup

Kali Rogers | Posted 09.04.2016 | Women
Kali Rogers

Talking also encourages that glimmering shred of hope that you two are getting back together. And that hope is essentially a bungee cord attached to your heart -- the second you think you're free of the agony, it snaps you right back in again.

Sculpting a Less-Anxious Brain

Kathleen Smith | Posted 09.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Smith

Ships will come and go in the harbor of your mind, but you'll be able to decide which ones to unload. Slowly but surely, you can fashion a mind that is aware of it self and amazed by its complexity and powers of compassion.

The #1 Relationship Problem, According To Therapists

SELF | Posted 09.02.2016 | Divorce

Whether you're a year into matrimonial bliss or celebrating a decade of wedlock, you'll benefit big-time from this romance wisdom. In fact, you don't even have to be hitched to learn a thing or two about love.

Why Positivity Isn't Always a Good Thing

Michelle Wang | Posted 09.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Michelle Wang

I don't find depressing things depressing. I don't find problems, issues and stuck points melancholic. I certainly empathize with my clients who are in a state of doubt or confusion and draw from my own personal experiences when I've been in similar states of mind and heart.

It's Time to Stop Shaming Those Who Struggle With Mental Illness -- Their Pain Hurts Them a Lot More Than It Hurts You

Lauren Rabin | Posted 09.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Lauren Rabin

I've found, now, that my greatest strength has come from embracing the intensity of my emotions and understanding where they come from. I understand, not only my own pain but the obligation that I have to the patients we serve. We cannot abandon them like so many of the people in their lives.

The Journey Within: Gongs, Tunnels and Binaural Beats

Roxie Sarhangi | Posted 08.31.2016 | Arts
Roxie Sarhangi

But crawling through the tunnel at "The Little House" was nothing to be alarmed about. It was such an extremely short, easy distance. And I had no choice: The front door to the house does not open so I had to be okay with being a little uncomfortable. It was perfectly unconventional. Somehow it all made sense.

Life After Ashley Madison

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.30.2016 | Divorce
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

It is more common than you think for people to join dating and cheating websites only to look around. Sometimes, people look around or even chat with someone by email but never, in fact, make a date.

7 Ways To Approach Therapy Like A New Relationship

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Sahaj Kohli

If we approach our relationships with therapists like other relationships -- new, potentially-satisfying, open -- we can stop looking at therapy as this intimidating, scary thing that one needs when they don't have control of their life, thus de-stigmatizing it.

How Cockroaches Became My New Self-Help Gurus

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 08.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Michael C. Bryan

Oh, I'm totally enlightened. But I'm having a panic attack right now, so do you mind if we talk after I don't feel like running screaming naked down ...

Sadness: The Heroic Emotion (Inspired by the Movie 'Inside Out')

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Although often used interchangeably, an emotion differs from a feeling. The movie "Inside Out" inspired me to explore that distinction as well as the...

One Man. Talking About His Life. And Wanting to End It.

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

"I'm ready to tell my story. It's time." That's what I heard from Stuart Walker, owner of Clubhaus Fitness. A tall, muscular guy with a boisterous la...

6 Signs You Worry Too Much About What Others Think: Why It's a Problem and What to Do About It

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 08.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

This being true to your whole self -- this individuation -- isn't easy. It takes courage and perseverance, but in the long run it feels better. And for many people, bringing their unique offerings to the world is what gives their life meaning.

Your Phone Just Buzzed (And It's a Text Message From Your Therapist)

Melissa Fares | Posted 08.20.2016 | Comedy
Melissa Fares

Did you feel that? Your phone just buzzed, and it's a text message from your therapist. Were you taken aback when you read her emoticon-less text message about her having to reschedule your next appointment? Of course you were.

Comic Relief: How Comedians Give Us Permission to Be Human

Jamie Rautenberg | Posted 08.19.2016 | Comedy
Jamie Rautenberg

As a therapist, and general lover of humanity, I'm both hopeful and excited to see us all head in the direction of our shared acceptance of one another because we are all born out of the same darkness. It's from this dark place that comedians teach us to find the lightness of our being.

Are Your 'Shoulds' Really Helping You?

Nancy Colier | Posted 08.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Each time you hear yourself saying or thinking what "should" be happening, flip it around and ask the question, what is happening? Drop your fight with reality, your narrative about what "should" be, and you'll discover that reality, unburdened by your opposition, is a lot different than you think. The surest way to find peace is not to win the war, but to stop the fighting.

Why Group Therapy Is More Than Just A Support Group

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living

The stereotypical image of therapy -- a patient lying on a couch, his back to a disengaged professional -- is an antiquated one. In reality there are ...

'Til Death (or Feedback) Do Us Part

Pam Costa | Posted 08.17.2016 | Women
Pam Costa

Things were going pretty well for my husband and me in our first few months of seeing a sex therapist. I let go of some not-so-helpful beliefs about sex and took ownership over my sexuality.

Why You Should Pick Up A Novel If You're Feeling Lost

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living

We all read for a variety of reasons: for school assignments, for pleasure, to remain "in the know," to escape from reality. But reading literature, p...

6 Reasons To Reveal Childhood Sexual Abuse

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 08.15.2016 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

There are some stories I hear as a therapist I would never repeat. Not only because of confidentiality. Because I don't want someone else, who has not been listening and learning for 20 years, to have to cope with the horror of how parents can abuse their children.

The Brain Game: A Neuroscientist on Life Coaching

Marnie Nir | Posted 08.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Marnie Nir

The human brain is an incredible, powerful, adaptable machine - it's up to us to program it according to what's in our hearts.

Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Parenting, Goodnight Guilt: How To Be A Better Parent Than You Have Ever Been

Margaret Hession | Posted 08.13.2016 | Parents
Margaret Hession

To somehow yoke the term parenting with the concept of an obstacle course of terrors seems somewhat frightening, and honestly an unlikely partnership of sorts. And yet, ironically, this description actually comes close to describing the profound mystery of parenting Americans are faced almost every day.

This Simple Technique Can Instantly Reverse Negative Thoughts

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

Depression is often described as feeling like you're stuck in a fog of negative thoughts and beliefs -- but new research suggests that a simple techni...