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6 Myths About Therapy Debunked

Being a therapist is a very interesting profession. Half of the people you run into don’t have a clue what you actually do and the other is positive they know exactly what you do (and they’re usually wrong). So what does a therapist do? I didn’t really know until I went through graduate school. Thanks…

Richard Simmons

The Psychological Trick for Exercise Motivation

Ugggghhh. Exercise. I truly have a love/hate relationship with that particular activity. Just typing the word exercise reminds me that I have to do it tonight…and I dread it. If I allow myself to think about it too much I’ll talk myself out of doing it. My brain is basically that really convincing friend with…

Yellow Light

Slow Down Counselor

As counselors, whenever someone comes to see us we flip the switch and turn on the counselor brain. The counselor brain is a fascinating professional attachment that is installed in grad school and is great for a lot of things – problem solving, empathizing, reflecting, critical thinking, etc. There is one area, though, where the…

The Joker

The Profile of a Child Abuser

Child abuse is one of the most vile and heinous crimes I can think of. Nearly all people can agree that harming a child in any way is a terrible act; even hardened criminals serving serious prison time have a special disdain for those who have abused children. If we could just preemptively pick these…

Freud

On Being a Successful Therapist

The other day I was asked to speak with the members of the board at the agency I work for. I was to speak with them about what it is like to be a child therapist; what my day is like and things like that. “Just tell one of your success stories”, I was advised.…