Mindfulness of Present Moment

Mindfulness of Present Moment

Mindfulness of present moment is an abstract concept that is often difficult to initially grasp and practice daily. A metaphor I often use with my clients to explain the importance of mindfulness of p...

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Love is a Verb

Love is a Verb

By Risa Alfieri, Psy.D. What is your definition of love? As a behavioral couples therapist, I ask couples this question. I hear a range of answers, and one of the most problematic is that love is a fe...

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The What if... Trap!

The What if… Trap!

We have all gotten caught in the “what if” trap at times. What if I don’t get that job? What if my relationship doesn’t work out? What if I’m never successful? Humans often observe an elevat...

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ARE YOU STUCK IN THE SHORT?

ARE YOU STUCK IN THE SHORT?

AVOIDANCE. We all know this word well. We may avoid doing our homework, addressing a challenge at work, or asserting our needs to others. When meeting with a client seeking treatment, one of the first...

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Why do Emotions Get a Bad Rap?

Why do Emotions Get a Bad Rap?

As a licensed psychologist, I often work with clients who are struggling with the intensity or frequency of certain mood states. However, often patients identify a treatment goal of eliminating all an...

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3 Harmful Myths Impeding Effective Treatment of Eating Disorders

3 Harmful Myths Impeding Effective Treatment of Eating Disorders

Effective treatments have evolved over the previous 30 years advancing mental health care. For example, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Family based treatments hav...

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White and Gold or Blue and Black? The Problem of Perception

White and gold or blue and black? By now, you’ve probably seen a photo of a now infamous dress circulating online. If not, simply Google “white and gold dress” and thousands of responses pop up....

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Is “fat talk” as harmless as we may think?

“Fat talk” has become a common occurrence in our every day culture and conversation, occurring at our jobs, schools, homes, and recreational events. Termed “fat talk” by Nichter and Vuckovi (1...

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Treating Trauma Effectively

Just before Independence Day, I was contacted by a news reporter who was curious about how fireworks might affect a veteran with PTSD. As I explained this common trigger for combat veterans, I found m...

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