Lonely? Feel like no one cares? Read this.

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‘Tis the season.  Every year from about mid-December until the end of February, a familiar theme begins to emerge in therapy sessions:  The loneliness and worthlessness of legitimately feeling like no one cares.  Of course I hear this from time to time year-round, but “no … Continue reading

MUSTerbation and SHOULDing on yourself: Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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I wish I could say that I coined these brilliant terms, but alas, it was Albert Ellis, the grandfather of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT).  REBT says that an incident occurs (a), and then we have a belief about that incident … Continue reading

8 simple ways to stop unwanted thoughts. By Meg Sanity.

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Recently, I was scouring the internet for a quick cheat-sheet which would describe several strategies for managing unwanted thoughts.  (Therapists search for bizarre things.  Like, in the middle of a CBT therapy session, google can help ascertain the answer to, “Can a spider break … Continue reading

Radical Acceptance (explained in one simple crappy drawing.)

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. Oh, what’s that?  You’ve always wondered, “What exactly is radical acceptance, and does anyone have any amateur drawings depicting its every-day application?” ??  Today is your lucky day: And, incidentally, I just also had to radically accept that … Continue reading

Help! Hubby wants date nights all the time and I wanna spend time with the baby!

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. Ummm maybe she doesn’t want to leave the baby because this is the babysitter they hired. Dr. Psych Mom recently had a contest to see who had the best answer to one of her reader’s questions: I am … Continue reading

Sex life isn’t all it could be? Check this out.

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This is what I make while my kids are coloring. There is only so much satisfaction one gets from drawing dinosaurs (And I’m trying to make it a point to be on my computer less, so this counts as engaging … Continue reading

Practical Tips for Parents of Kids with ADHD.

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D I’m going to make this quick and dirty, since you parents with ADHD kids don’t exactly have the time or luxury of sitting around with your feet up, enjoying quiet and leisurely reading. But the school … Continue reading

From crazy love to just plain crazy….What often goes wrong in relationships.

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. Why do so many people fall into blazing-hot love, only to find themselves so dissatisfied years later? Well, “Imago relational theory” (just a theory, but I haven’t seen one situation where it doesn’t fit) gives us … Continue reading