People can be puzzling, and unraveling the knots and tangles in their personalities is a Herculean task. As a mental health professional, you may often wonder why a grown adult reacts to a confrontation with authority using the emotional intelligence of a five-year-old child. Even if you’ve figured that out, getting a client to see the reasons
Any psychology text will tell you. Success in life, and even the most basic ability to cope, is dependent on the development of a healthy ego. Most clients come to us with some damage to their basic sense of self. Others come in with mere fragments of self-identity and very little confidence.
Clients aren’t the only ones suffering
Does “going to work” have to mean “back to the grind?” Not when you love, or at least like, what you do. Therapists hear a lot of complaints from clients who don’t like their work, dislike their colleagues and generally see the way they make a living as a source of unhappiness.
Not everyone can be fortunate
Anyone who has undergone chemotherapy, or knows a loved one who has, has probably become familiar with what is commonly called “chemo brain.” Jennifer Kilkus, writing for Psychology Today, tells us that
“Peace on Earth” is often bandied about as a wish for the holiday season, and it is definitely a general desire for most people all year long. Despite the popularity of that idea, we all know that bringing peace to the whole planet is a job no one human, or even 8 billion of them working in concert, can hope to achieve.
When contemporary life is comparatively “normal,” clients and therapists have a wide range of issues to deal with. Once the “ordinary” becomes a fond memory, and chaos begins to make every day less predictable than the one before, the problems people face multiply.
In a world where war is covered daily as though
The holidays are supposed to be joyous and gratifying - at least that’s what we’re told. Gathering with family, reuniting with relatives, laughing and feasting, are all supposed to be fun.
For many, however, holidays can be extremely upsetting. Most therapists can attest to this, based on the number of clients whose angst
“It’s only a little bit.” “It helps me to sleep better.” “I take it to ease my neck pain.” “Doesn’t everybody do that?” “It’s not really affecting my life all that much.” These are some of the things
clients say about the ways they “numb out,” that is, seek temporary respites from reality. While moderate use of substances that soothe stress and ease
People recovering from relationships with narcissists might think they’ve already been hypnotized - by their former partners. Once they realize the need to come out of their trance, or actually achieve separation from the narcissistic individual, there’s a lot of healing that needs to be done.
Narcissistic abuse occurs