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Staff Highlight – Laurie Watter

Laurie Watter, RN, BSN, received her undergraduate degree in nursing and healthcare from Alfred University and a graduate certificate in Addiction and Recovery from the University of Florida. Her professional focus changed direction when she learned first-hand of the ways in which chemical dependency can impact a family. She is a nationally certified family recovery…

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Am I an Enabler?

The concept of enabling may seem somewhat straightforward – when we enable a loved one, we do for others what they need (and can) do for themselves. However, it can be exceptionally difficult to determine the difference between supporting, assisting, and enabling – especially when loved ones are involved. Parents are biologically hardwired to want…

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Tinder and Sex Addiction

I can’t imagine approaching an attractive stranger in the same way that I can’t imagine using an actual paper map. Map? What’s a map? I’ve got a cell phone – I’ve got GPS. Get out of here with your map. Go listen to something on vinyl or write a poem on your typewriter, you old…

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Obsessive Love Disorder

During the first few months of every healthy romantic relationship, both involved parties will experience an elating and electrifying period of infatuation. This period may include a persistent desire to be near the other person; though over time, as the relationship matures and progresses, this intense preoccupation will dissipate into something far more stable and…

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The Imago Dialogue

Imago Relationship Therapy was first developed by Harville Hendrix, PhD, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD. In developing this specific method of relationship therapy, they drew from numerous, broad range psychological ideas and a wide variety of existing therapeutic practices. They combined these ideas and methodologies in a way that uniquely emphasizes the mutuality of romantic…

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Speaking Kindly to Yourself

Many will say that we are our own worst critic; and many will say this because it is true. We all constantly communicate with ourselves, whether we are aware of it or not. And most of the time, unfortunately, our default method of communication is harsh criticism and unjustified critique. “Why did I do this,”…

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Imago and Patterns of Adaption

According the Imago Theory, every human being is born into a state of completeness – when we come into the world, we are all inherently whole. We are created in pure connection and serenity; if course, it is impossible for our primary caretakers to completely fulfill every one of our innate needs. As our needs…

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What is Imago Relationship Therapy?

Many of us assume that if we do not remember a specific event, there is no way it can profoundly effect us. Perhaps our parents divorced when we were too young to understand what was going on, or perhaps we underwent a potentially traumatic experience during infancy. We may have been told of this event…

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Obtaining Balance in Recovery

Addiction is a disease of immoderation. Shrouded in utter chaos, the afflicted individual devotes his or her days to a devastating cycle of obsession and compulsion. Every waking moment revolves around seeking, obtaining, and using. Whether the addiction pertains to alcohol, drugs, sex, love, or money, it entirely consumes the involved individual to the point…