Help with Porn Addiction

Few things have changed in my lifetime as much as technology. The first integrated circuit (microchip) came out the year I was born. When I was in college computers took up whole rooms and engineering students stood in long lines with stacks of punch cards waiting...

Flexible Parenting

A refrain heard frequently in my office is: “We don’t know what to do with (our child).” Some parents come to my office looking for the perfect formula for parenting their children. I wish I could give it to them. Unfortunately, that formula...

More on Bibliotherapy

When I recommend a book to clients, I encourage them to read it three times. First, read it through as you would any book. When you have finished reading it the first time, immediately turn back to page one and read it through again. Only this time, study the book...

Self Help Books & Counseling

Read Two Books and Call Me In the Morning I often recommend self help books to my clients. Not as a substitute for counseling, but as an adjunct to counseling. The books I most often recommend are in the sidebar on the right. One reason I recommend self help books is...

Choosing a Therapist

I did a quick internet search and found lots of advice on how to find the right therapist/counselor for you or a family member. Some of the best advice is below: From Psychology Today: Here’s a brief checklist of qualities to look for when seeking a counseling...

When Did Shy Become A Problem?

When did shy become a problem? There is an old joke among mental health professionals (old; not necessarily funny): if a patient is early for his appointment, he’s anxious; if he’s late, he’s passive-aggressive; and if the patient is precisely on...

School Refusal

Most kids like to go to school; if nothing else, they enjoy seeing their friends. Some kids get themselves so worked up at the thought of going to school they manifest symptoms of anxiety. A few children may simply be manipulative; others may be fearful of a specific...

OCD in Childhood…

…what it’s not. I am amazed at the parents who either over-react or under-react to their childs struggles in life. It seems like I am constantly trying to convince some parents their child really does have problems. Some behaviors just aren’t normal...

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