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3 Reasons Clergy Need a Healthcare Planning App

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Clergy members are often asked to serve as a formal healthcare agent (also called a healthcare proxy or medical power of attorney) for parishioners like Alice.

8 Questions Every Couple Should Answer Before They Get Married

Doug and Leslie Gustafson | Posted 05.21.2014 | Weddings
Doug and Leslie Gustafson

Success in marriage needs to ride on more than the high-spirited emotions of dating that drive two lovers together. Take turns asking these tough questions.

What You Need to Know About Therapy

Peter Field | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Field

Recognizing the need for help and doing something about that need, far from being a sign of weakness, is an indication of maturity and strength.

3 Steps To Successful Co-Parenting

Caroline Choi | Posted 07.09.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

It's important to look at the big picture in your divorce and focus on what is in the best interests of your children. When you get along as co-parents, your children will likely be happier given the difficult circumstances that they are already facing with the divorce.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: How Learning About Your Mind Can Help Your LIfe

Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D.

Talking about all of the parts of your mind -- conscious and unconscious -- helps put together the full story of your life. Understanding how and why you came to be the way you are can help you to move forward in your life in new ways

Behavior Change: If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Be Doing It

Brad Stulberg | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

America's collective risk for chronic disease could be cut by up to 80 percent with lifestyle changes. And although numerous studies have quantified ...

A High School where Every Counselor is College Ready

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It' s time to make good on a debt. Last fall, I challenged America's school counselors to improve college advising in their building by requiring eve...

How Nurse Ratched Made Me a Better Counselor

Tara Hedman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

I met some truly amazing medical personnel during my hospital stay. They were skilled, compassionate, and reassuring. And, I met some other hospital staff that... well, should possibly consider a different profession.

Becoming the Healing Vigilante: Part 2

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

"You know what they say, if their lips are moving, they're lying," Barbie snapped at me. Introducing antagonist number three -- in just my first ...

The Myth of 'Closure' -- One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombings

John Tsilimparis | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

Whenever our sense of safety and security is shattered by these types of events, restoring that emotional stability is not a simple undertaking. The central nervous system needs time to reset and process the loss of that very same safety and security that was taken away.

Mindful Therapy

Ira Israel | Posted 06.07.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Ira Israel

As a psychotherapist, I don't heal anyone, I don't fix anyone, and I don't cure anyone. I'm even highly resistant to diagnoses and will only provide them when required by insurance companies. As one of my psychology professors put it, "My job as I see it is to lease my emotions in 50 minute intervals."

The High Cost of Doing Nothing

Jeff Hensley | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Jeff Hensley

If Americans understood how many veterans we lose to suicide, I don't think we'd tolerate it. As a nation we'd demand something be done. Maybe all we need for that to happen is a wake-up call.

Conscious Uncoupling and the Paradox of Conscious Commitment

Thea and Duane Harvey | Posted 06.02.2014 | Divorce
Thea and Duane Harvey

Relationships do end, and it is important to stop viewing this as failure. The success or failure of a relationship should not be determined by it's length, but by our ability to allow another human being into our heart and grow from the experience.

How To Choose The Best Type Of Psychotherapy For You

Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah L. Cabaniss, M.D.

Some types of psychotherapy are short-term, lasting a few weeks, while others are long-term, lasting months or years. Some focus mostly on the problem at hand, while others encourage people to speak freely about whatever comes to mind in order to uncover unconscious thoughts and feelings.

Six Ways To Bring Out Your Loving Self

Doug and Leslie Gustafson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Weddings
Doug and Leslie Gustafson

Loving another human being takes on a new dimension when we stop practicing "reactive love" and challenge ourselves to evaluate what depth of love we do and don't have to give.

Seniors in Casino Land: Tough Luck for Older Americans

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

At a recent forum I spoke with seniors who care about this issue. When I asked them why they thought seniors prefer the disembodied draw of the slot machine, one woman replied, "We don't want to be a burden on other gamblers. Well, we don't want to be a burden on anyone."

Healing Vigilante: 7 Ways to Stay in Your Authentic Self

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

The heart is not so easily changed, but the head can be persuaded. -- Pabbie the Grandfather Troll from the movie Frozen. What is your "authentic ...

Becoming the Healing Vigilante: The Beginning

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

When she introduced me, a tough looking inmate (*Tanesha) immediately tried to intimidate me. She scoffed and asked me if I'd ever been an addict. Pretty soon most of the women in the room were smirking at me. Boom -- judged. And I hadn't even said a word yet.

Creating Safe and Welcoming Spaces for LGBTQ Youth

Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Ph.D.

Despite the praise and support Page and Sam have received from the public, research shows that LGBTQ youth in America struggle with prejudgments and rejection. Professional counselors are trained and ready to help

Healing Vigilante: 7 Ways to Own and Trust in the Crap

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

There are several underground therapeutic terms that circulate in the counseling biz. "CRAP" is one of them. It represents your issues, challenges, un...

10 Signs He's Cheating

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Past behavior is often an indicator of current or future behavior, even in relationships. If he's done it before it only makes it easier to do it again.

Teenage Sex: Changing the Conversation

Todd Kestin | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Todd Kestin

To equip your teen for healthy relationships, make it part of your family culture as early as possible. For the sake of his future, burn less energy banning him from sex and instead put your heart into preparing him for healthy, satisfying relationships.

Breaching Our Inner Sanctum: Getting Off the Track to Nowhere

Beth Green | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Green

I recently read that neuroscientists are confirming that we are not rational creatures. We have visceral reactions, and then we rationalize the behavi...

Saving Mr. Disney: What Walt Taught Us

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

So with what we know today, we could have saved Mr. Disney, and many of the other celebrities. More importantly, you can save your own life by recognizing the problem of smoking addiction and committing yourself to improvement.

How to Help Your Teen Who Won't Talk to You

Todd Kestin | Posted 03.14.2014 | Parents
Todd Kestin

Just as there's an age for a healthy infant to roll over, sit up, walk, and talk... there's an age when a healthy teen begins to separate from his parents to empower himself to live his own life.