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Codependency and Love Addiction – What’s the Difference?

While both codependency and love addiction stem from childhood trauma (and often go hand-in-hand), it is possible to suffer from love addiction without being codependent – and vice versa. Roughly two decades ago, a deeper understanding of the insidious disorder now known as love addiction was just beginning to emerge. Our earliest understandings of the…

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Healthy Communication and Secure Attachment

We tend to think of communication as an inherent skill; an innate ability that each of us acquires as soon as we exit the womb. In some sense, this is true. We know to cry when we’re hungry or uncomfortable, to laugh when we’re pleased, and to reach out our arms when we want to…

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Anger, Rage, and Trauma Recovery

Could Misplaced Anger be a Sign of Healing? We often view anger as an unhealthy emotional response to deeper, underlying issues. If a man yells at his girlfriend for ‘flirting’ with another man, for example, he may be expressing deep-seated insecurities in an impulsive way, falling back on rage because hurt (emotional vulnerability) may be…

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Video Game Addiction – Fact or Fiction?

Although not yet recognized by the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), video game addiction is widely accepted as an impulse control disorder, very similar in nature to compulsive gambling or shopping. Those who are afflicted with the pathological use of computer or video games will typically participate in multi-player online role-playing…

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Apologizing VS. Making Amends

“Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.” – Tyron Edwards It is often said that a true and sincere apology is made up of three, distinct parts: verbal recognition, an authentic understanding of personal responsibility, and a genuine effort to make things right. Ah, if only it…

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The Generational Pattern of Codependency

Most of our behaviors are learned, and are passed down generationally as a result. Our individuality begs us to believe that we are entirely autonomous; that we choose to be how we are, and that we develop based on these choices. Of course, if we honestly break down the majority of our emotional and behavioral…

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EMDR and Trauma Recovery

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an effective method of psychotherapy, first developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro in the 1980s. Shapiro noticed that moving her own eyes from side to side seemed to reduce the occurrence of her own troubling memories, and later theorized that undergoing trauma caused negative emotions to be retained within…

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PTSD Treatment for Men – Sexual Trauma

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is one of the most common mental health concerns in the country, with over 24.4 million American citizens (7.8 percent) currently experiencing trauma-related symptoms. While PTSD is more common amongst women than amongst men (10.4 percent of women suffer from PTSD, in contrast to 5 percent of men), post-traumatic stress disorder…

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Testimonials – Why We Do What We Do

Over the course of the past several months, we have received a flood of letters, emails, and phone calls from past patients and their loved ones. Receiving words of gratitude and encouragement means the absolute world to us – this is why we continue doing what we do. Recovery is possible, and playing a small…