parental alienation

After getting into trouble at school, a child casually reveals that they have no contact with one of their parents. In fact, they apparently have a very negative view of that parent and are glad to be rid of them. An adult enters psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, or relationships issues, unclear about why they have…

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parent alienation

Most of us have probably heard horror stories of parental alienation. One parent deliberately targeting and sabotaging the other parent’s relationship with their child after a divorce. Either just to make themselves look good or exert some kind of control over their ex-spouse. The pain of such heinous actions can cut very deep. And the…

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Helps OCD

The most natural reaction to something we fear—be that people, objects, or situations—is usually to avoid it. Unfortunately, though, that innate action is often the least helpful response. Think, for example, of someone that suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The urge to eliminate or avoid something that they fear—contamination, harming others, losing control, etc.—is exactly…

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permissive parenting

Imagine the scene: A splendid throne atop an elevated platform. Two servants rushing back and forth, catering to the every wish of the crowned head seated upon the lofty chair. Exhausted from a day’s worth of conforming to the demands of the ruler, they finally bow with heads low. Nothing wrong with that scenario, right?…

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