Category: Boundaries

​Finding the Right Therapist

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Finding the Right Therapist by Clayton Isiminger, LPC-Intern, Supervised by Shelley Zavodny, LMFT-S, LPC-S

Finding the right therapist can feel like a daunting task. For many, it's already a time of great stress, and stopping to consider relevant factors in choosing a therapist can be overwhelming when you may already have so much going on that's causing you to seek therapy to begin with. Yet, there are some important things to consider to ensure you get the help you need when searching for the right match. First and foremost, it's important to verify that your therapist is indeed licensed, which you can check by going to the first link listed below. You can also check to see if they have had any disciplinary taken against them by the state board in the second link.

https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.u... to ...

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  • Anxiety
  • Boundaries
  • Coping Strategies
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Trauma and PTSD

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  • anxiety
  • boundaries
  • codependency
  • coping skills
  • depression
  • finding a therapist or counselor
  • relationships
  • trauma and ptsd

Codependency and Our Addicted Loved Ones

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Codependency and Our Addicted Loved Ones

written by Monica Giuffre, UHV Supervised Practicum Student

           

Codependency is already an intricate issue, but it becomes even more complex when it involves an addicted loved one. Codependency, according to Melody Beattie, resembles grief in regards to the feelings and emotions, such as guilt, obsessions over what went astray, denial, bargaining, controlling, sadness, and anger. Further, it is a type of dysfunctional helping relationship and we start to lose our identities once we are wrapped in the vicious cycle. Addiction, on the other hand, is a disease that incorporates denial and the loss of control. We become invested in our addicted loved ones while our self-love dissipates. The good news is that ...

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  • Coping Strategies
  • Relationships
  • Trauma and PTSD

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  • boundaries
  • codependency
  • coping skills
  • relationships
  • trauma and ptsd

Vulnerability: Strength or Weakness?

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Vulnerability: Strength or Weakness?

Written by Debbie Martin M.Ed., MA, LPC, LMFT 

Vulnerability is something we all struggle with most of our lives. It seems like there is a learning curve deciding when it is appropriate to show our vulnerable side and when it is not. Of course, never showing our weaknesses is easier and protects us from everything--even love.

That's right! When we put up our shields to hide our vulnerabilities, we lose opportunity to connect with others. Feeling connected to others is not only a human need, it is also a necessary component for love to blossom.

Our life experiences with emotional pain and hurt can cause us to put up walls so tall that connection with others is almost impossible. We forget how to be vulnerable. We forget how to handle our painful feelings. We become stuck in constant figh ...

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Posted in:

  • Anxiety
  • Boundaries
  • Coping Strategies
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD

Tags:

  • anxiety
  • boundaries
  • coping skills
  • depression
  • relationships
  • trauma and ptsd

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