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Mental health and illness

4 Reasons You Can Forgive Someone You Love

Published on YourTango on 9/13/12

Forgiveness is for you as well as the relationship – find sources in your spirituality to help do it

When you have become emotionally close to another person, you have become more vulnerable. This vulnerability opens the doors for that person to do things that really hurt, which often comes out when conflicts arise. At the same time, you can develop higher expectations about what the other person does and how they should act towards you. This also can lead to unfulfilled expectations which could result in resentment or even anger, even without the other person knowing that they have done something to hurt you.

recent study has shown that people with increased spirituality have improved mental health, in part because of the role of forgiveness.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/4-reasons-you-can-forgive-someone-you-love-expert

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What Qualifies You to Be a Therapist?

Published on Global Post on 7/1/13

Therapists must qualify for one of the professions legally allowed to provide psychotherapy in their state. This generally includes psychologists and counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers. Requirements vary from state to state, but generally include graduate education, supervised experience, examinations and credentialing. For professions like nurse practitioners and psychiatrists, who are allowed to practice therapy but frequently do not, other patterns may apply.

Read more at http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/qualifies-therapist-15523.html

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How to Know if Relationship Counseling Is Worth It

Published on Global Post on 6/28/13

Knowing whether relationship counseling is worth it is a highly personal decision and may vary depending on the stage of your relationship and what you are facing. There is a difference between investing in a relationship during pre-marital counseling and going to see a counselor when you have already decided to get a divorce. Despite these differences, there are common areas to consider when deciding whether to enter into counseling with your significant other.

Read more at http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/relationship-counseling-worth-15348.html

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How to End a Positive Counseling Relationship

Published on Global Post on 6/28/13

Ending a counseling relationship, especially if it has been positive, can be a very difficult thing. Richard A. Friedman, professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, writes in an article in the “New York Times” that ending a therapeutic counseling relationship can be more difficult than cutting ties with a lover or significant other, for both the one receiving therapy as well as the therapist. But it is possible to end this important and intimate relationship in a way that reflects its importance in your life.

Read more at http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/end-positive-counseling-relationship-15344.html

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Persuasive Arguments for Taking College Coursework Not Related to My Major

appeared on Synonym on 6/25/13

Some forms of education are very narrow. For example, British university education is focused around a particular subject or topic. Similarly, as a person advances to higher levels of education, the field of study tends to narrow. However, in most programs at colleges and universities in the United States, there is a requirement to take certain courses outside of your major. Even in the absence of these requirements, there are compelling reasons to take courses that are not related to your major.

Read more at http://classroom.synonym.com/persuasive-arguments-taking-college-coursework-not-related-major-3273.html

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How to Handle My Boyfriend’s Deployment

published at Global Post on 6/23/13

Deployment is tough on any family and relationship. The challenges are amplified for someone who is “just” a girlfriend as the military does not provide the same treatment of a girlfriend as they would a wife. While there will be challenges, you will be able to find ways that will enable you to get through these times that are a part of your boyfriend’s career choice.

Read more at http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/handle-boyfriends-deployment-15039.html

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How to Help a Teen Friend When She is Hurting Herself

Published at Choose Help 6/13

If you promised to keep a friend’s secret about self-harm – you need to break that promise. Read on to find out why…

Teenagers often promise to keep each other’s secrets. At times, these secrets can be about serious things. You may not understand what is involved in the secret, especially when you make the promise to keep it.

One example of this would be if the secret was that a friend was intentionally burning herself with a lighter.

Read more: How to Help a Teen Friend When She is Hurting Herself

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The Vocation of Fatherhood

Appeared in GoodTherapy.org 6/15/13

Around Mother’s Day, you will hear people speaking of the vocation of motherhood. People will speak of how important the work and calling of motherhood can be. Around Father’s Day, you will hear people speaking of…

Well, Father’s Day is given a lot less emphasis in American society. While influence and relationship are important, what is missed in the discussion is that fathers can be much more involved in the raising of children

Read more at http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/vocation-of-fatherhood-0615134

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How I Honor My Dad On Father’s Day (And Every Day)

Published on YourTango on 6/14/13 

Father’s Day can be hard if your dad has died, but you can still celebrate his life.

My own father died right after Father’s Day — a story that has taken some time to be able to tell but which you can read more about. While, in general, we do not think about the mortality of our parents, my father’s death was particularly difficult for a number of reasons (not the least of which was that he was only 60 and had not been particularly sick). It took time for me to be at peace with myself since he drove hundreds of miles to celebrate Father’s Day with me — and ended up having a heart attack.

It was a visit that I had been looking forward to and I had planned just the right things that he should enjoy. I never planned on his unexpected suffering and seeing his labored breaths. Then, I was alone in the hospital when decisions had to be made about his care. At that point, his death was still many days away, but I had my last conversation with my dad. Over the next days, my mom and sister would join me. In the end, we would make decisions together about the end of my dad’s life. Inside, I was wrestling with guilt for having him drive out to see me, anger at systems that did not work the way they should and a tempering of it all from my professional background.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/honoring-father-when-dad-has-died

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My Dad Had a Heart Attack on Father’s Day

Published on YourTango on 6/7/13

For many people Father’s Day is a joyful time. Read how one Father’s Day changed my life forever.

Father’s Day 2007 turned out to be much different than I had planned and nothing like I could ever have expected. The plan was that my father was coming out to visit me in New York. I had carefully planned some good activities that I knew he would enjoy. How then did it end up with a news article in his hometown paper that started, “Keith L. Smith,60, of [address], died at 7 a.m. Thursday (June 28, 2007)in Presbyterian Hospital, New York, N.Y., after becoming ill while visiting his son.” to describe the outcome of what took place eighteen days after Father’s Day?

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/father-s-day-remember

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