What to do when National/International Tragedy Strike

What to do when National/International Tragedy Strike

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Date : June 24, 2016

“Let fury have the hour, anger can be power D’you know that you can use it?” The Clampdown by Mick Jones and Joe Strummer of The Clash

Tragedy can hit us on a national/international level like when forty-nine patrons of an Orlando gay night club were gunned down June 12, 2016.  The news reports of these catastrophes are immediate and spread like wildfire.  They are posted repeatedly on social media and looped endlessly on cable news stations.

We are in shock and disbelief...

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Dealing with an Alcoholic Friend

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Date : June 22, 2016

I am a psychotherapist who has been in private practice nearly thirty years.  I have worked with many clients who have alcoholic friends.  This following is a composite of their stories.

 

I have a friend, Jimmy who is an alcoholic.   He is in his mid-thirties and seems to be self-destructing before my eyes.   He exhibits the following behavior:

Increased drinking. Blaming others for his misfortunes and never taking ownership of his problems. Increased poor judgement...
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Transforming the Shame that comes from Emotional Abuse

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Date : June 3, 2016

I learned to recognize how I react when emotionally abused.  The emotional abuse is delivered verbally and my reaction has been to freeze and no longer be present in the room.

 

My father was impatient with me and never seemed to take the time to explain a chess move or a tennis stroke to me without scowling.  It seemed like I was never good or smart enough.  He tended to spend more time playing with my friends who were quicker and better athletes than me.  He let me win when...

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