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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When Might Anxiety Be A Problem For Your Child? The 4 D’s of Detection.

Anxiety disorders are among the most highly prevalent disorders affecting children and adolescents and can be associated with significant impairment in school, social, and family life. Despite the ava...

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Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the most stigmatized mental health conditions and its sufferers are among the most vilified. Clients often come into my office demoralized and panicked ...

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We Never Stay the Same: The Attitude of Change

A common attitude I hear from my client’s is “I can’t change, these problems are perpetual?” Sometimes it may seem as if people never change, that they stay the same way forever. The manner in...

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It’s NOT All In Your Head: 4 Common Myths About Chronic Pain

When a person is first referred to me for pain management, I find there is often confusion about how a psychologist can help them. Usually these misunderstandings are rooted in one of several common m...

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Child’s Play: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy With The Under 10 Crowd

Many times when a new family enters my office for a first appointment, parents and kids are often wondering what therapy is going to look like. I’ve often been asked the questions “Is he going to ...

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The most important parenting skill for your child’s emotional health

What is Validation? Validation is one of the most fundamental techniques used by psychologists to make clients feel heard and understood. It is also, in my opinion, the single most important tool pare...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Your Anxious Child

Parenting an anxious child can be stressful and overwhelming. This can lead parents to feel “stuck” and unsure how to respond when their child is overwhelmed with anxiety, feeling helpless and con...

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The Need for Specialized Treatment: CBT vs. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa

In a recently published randomized controlled trial, 70 patients suffering from bulimia nervosa were randomly assigned to either weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy for 2 years or 20 sessions of Cogni...

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Treatment doesn’t work for me: Alternatives to the 12-steps

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” -Chinese Proverb 12-step support groups and philosophies can be a helpful resource and tool for individual’s ...

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