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Loving Our Devices

When Does Attraction Turn Into Addiction?

Lauren Dockett • 7/23/2017 • 1 Comment

By Lauren Dockett - More and more therapists, regardless of how they feel about internet addiction as a diagnosis, are advising clients about the healthy use of their digital devices.

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Caught in a Web

A World Where Life is Always Elsewhere

Fred Wistow • 11/28/2016 • No Comments

By Fred Wistow - Every day, every moment, we must wade through the flood of incoming alerts and emails urgently demanding our time and attention, all the while knowing that there’s an infinite ocean of stuff online that waits for us at all hours to stick our toe in so that it may then slowly begin to swallow us up . . . until we drown.

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Brené Brown on Vulnerability as a Crucial Strength

Escaping the Shame Trap

Mary Sykes Wylie • 9/19/2016 • 1 Comment

By Mary Sykes Wylie - A pervasive sense of shame makes many of us feel unworthy of human connection. Why the shame? Because in this perfectionistic culture, most of us believe we’re “not good enough: not thin enough, rich enough, beautiful enough, smart enough, promoted enough” to be worthy of love. But research by professor and acclaimed TED speaker Brené Brown shows that some people have escaped the shame trap. How? They let themselves be vulnerable.

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The World of Gender Fluidity

Understanding Gender-Variant Clients

Margaret Nichols • 4/8/2016 • 1 Comment

By Margaret Nichols - As cultural attitudes about gender variance have undergone a profound shift, much of what therapists believed about what it means to be transgender is now hopelessly outdated. But how do people know that they’re the wrong gender? And what does that kind of knowing mean for our assumptions about males and females as “opposite sexes”?

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The Case for Porn

Can Pornography Actually Help our Relationships?

Ian Kerner • 2/5/2016 • 2 Comments

Porn is polarizing. Porn is confusing. Porn can be alarming. For therapists, porn can push us out of our comfort zone and trigger negative countertransference. One thing is for sure: porn is everywhere, and it’s here to stay. So what do therapists have to say about it?

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How Virtual Addictions are Changing Our Habits of Human Connection

Diane Ackerman on Sensory Overload in the Modern Age

Diane Ackerman • 2/4/2016 • No Comments

Despite all the seeming connectedness, we’re not the most socially connected we’ve ever been. Generation by generation, our brains have been evolving new networks, new ways of wiring and firing, favoring some behaviors and discarding others, as we train ourselves to meet the challenges of a world we keep amplifying, editing, deconstructing, and recreating.

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Incorporating Mindfulness Into Our Online Habits

Simple Mindfulness Techniques for Reducing Stress from Information Overload

John Grohol • 1/12/2016 • 1 Comment

Human beings are creatures of habit, and nowhere is the force of habit more apparent than in the way most of us use the Internet. Few of us are disciplined enough to go online, do one thing, and log off, and researchers are beginning to document the emotional and psychological price we're paying for doing so. But the good news is that feeling overwhelmed and lost online isn't an inevitable consequence of living in the Internet Age---using a few mindfulness techniques, we can change how we behave when we go on online and how we interact with the web.

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Proven Strategies for Branding Your Therapy Practice

Concrete Steps for Growing and Managing Finances and Clients

Joe Bavonese • 1/6/2016 • No Comments

For therapists, traditional ways of getting the word out---a discrete ad here, a few hints to colleagues there, even a fancy website---just won’t cut it anymore. In a sound-bite-saturated world of information overload, having a brand that stands out is the only way to attract potential clients.

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Educating Therapy Clients Beyond the Consulting Room

Online Clinical Resources to Bolster Psychoeducation

Elizabeth Doherty Thomas • 11/4/2015 • 2 Comments

While it may not occur to many therapists, their best clinical ally can be the Internet---particularly for a client who needs more educational and interactive help than you can provide in one weekly, 50-minute session. Psychoeducation is always some part of the therapeutic experience, but even if you've explained the nature of depression or anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder to your client, many more questions, doubts, and uncertainties about what it all means will still remain. With your guidance, the Internet can serve as a trustworthy source of information about therapy or the client's particular difficulties.

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How the Internet is Changing the Way We Create Connection

Steering the Way We Form Relationships in the Digital Age

Melinda Blau • 9/23/2015 • No Comments

The Internet has become the world's largest, and arguably most important, social thoroughfare. It intersects with millions---no, billions---of streets, alleyways, and self-contained villages where you can find, meet, and work with just about anyone on the planet. The problem is, many of us feel slightly out of synch, even as we commit increasing stretches of our time to the Internet.

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