Why Does My Therapist Ask me About My Family?

Why Does My Therapist Ask me About My Family?

When in the beginning stages of rehab treatment, talking about your personal life may feel uncomfortable. But your therapist must find out as much as she can about you and your unique situation if treatment is to be successful. Dr. Dennis O’Grady, PsyD for PsychCentral, describes therapy as the fine art of asking directive questions.[i] The questions therapists use help them to determine the right treatment plan for you. Because your family is such an integral part of your life, your therapist must learn as much about your family dynamic as...

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Grief Counseling and Addiction Recovery

Grief Counseling and Addiction Recovery

Grief is defined as the biological response to significant separation or loss. Grief is essentially an emotional response, but can also entail physical and cognitive changes. Humans in general have an instinctual need for attachment, and grieving behaviors illustrate the intense need to retrieve things that have been lost or reinstate a relationship. Common grieving behaviors and symptoms of grief will include: Extreme sadness Sorrow Depression Shock Anger Guilt Anxiety Relief Emotional numbness Fatigue, lack of energy Chronic pain and pain...

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Finding Lesbian and Gay Addiction and Mental Health Professionals

Finding Lesbian and Gay Addiction and Mental Health Professionals

Sometimes, finding the right addiction or mental health professional can be a struggle. The chemistry needs to be right, you both have to be on the same page, and understand what your primary needs of care are going to be. Not every professional is going to be someone you feel comfortable confiding in, especially if you feel they might be opposed to your own personal beliefs. As the gay and lesbian community continues to strive towards 100% equality, there are still many challenges that can be a cause for discomfort, including finding a mental...

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Choosing to Talk about Depression Rather Than Turning to Pills

Choosing to Talk about Depression Rather Than Turning to Pills

Everyone reacts differently to depression, and this includes adverse reactions to prescription medications. Many also self-medicate depression with prescription pills that bring with them a host of serious side-effects. How to Find Help for Depression When you get help for depression, it is absolutely vital that the help you receive is unique to you and your needs. We do not believe in a one-size-treats-all form of depression treatment. Instead, our depression experts offer customized depression treatment that take all health factors into...

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Grief Counseling and Addiction Help

Grief Counseling and Addiction Help

Everyone experiences grief in life, but not everyone copes with grief well. When grief and addiction are working hand-in-hand, you may feel like there is no way out, but there is hope. Grief May Cause You to Self-Medicate Losing someone or something you love is one of the most difficult experiences a person can endure. Sometimes we try to self-medicate our sorrows with alcohol, substances or activities like gambling or sexual activity. Everyone grieves in different ways, but when your grief seems to be tearing your life apart, it may be time...

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