When an individual within a family is diagnosed with a serious mental illness, (i.e.Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder), the foundation within the family is often shakento its core. The news is devastating, and the diagnosed family member, due to theillness,is not be able to function in the same way as before. This individual will morethan likely…

The Benefits of Clinical Hypnotherapy An Interview with Therapist Murray Kaufman LMFT Jaleh, Yahoo! Contributor NetworkSep 23, 2010 “Share your voice on Yahoo! websites. Start Here.” Clinical Hypnotherapy is being used by many therapists to help assist in treating different mental as well as physical issues. To help understand what Clinical Hypnotherapy is and what…

Sometimes life’s messages to us whisper, then knock, knock louder, or even scream before we really tune in and listen! I cannot even count how many times I have appreciated my eyesight after seeing a person without sight, until my own next neurotic moment! Or seen a homeless person with no shoes, and felt blessed…

I was recently interviewed by a psychotherapist/author writing a piece on the initial contact made by potential clients looking for professional help. It was astonishing, as well as humbling, to be brought back to “the basics”, that initial call, and just what that must feel like to the person putting through that call or email.…

How often do we forget the fragile balance or imbalance between our emotions and physical ailments? You can see your PCP for headaches, muscle aches, and a rash and leave his/her office with nothing more than $150 dollars worth of creams, ointments, and prescriptions. It is a delicate balance, however, as it can be equally…

After more than 25 years of working within a managed care paradigm, I have spent the past year transitioning into a Private Pay Practice.  In my early years as a private practitioner, I can remember scrambling to apply to any and every insurance panel out there. For several years, as more and more of my…

Parents are often confused about how their children should view them. Most parents would say without hesitation that they want their children to love them. But, fear…that’s another issue altogether. Some parents want their kids to fear the consequences (punishment) for their misbehavior. Other parents actually feel their children should fear them physically. Both of…

SEVEN HOLIDAY BLUES BUSTERS 1. Let go of commercialized images of the holidays. 2. Sleep, eat and drink normally; exercise; get extra exposure to light. 3. Think about what is making you blue. If it is stress-related, lower your expectations and do less. If it is emotional, allow yourself a specific time to dwell on…