Category Archives: Blog

Exploring the Creativity of Limitation: New Ways to Tell the Same Truth

My mother gets in the car and stares straight ahead. Before I turn the key, I say, “Mom, want to put on your seatbelt?” “What?” She has a sweet, vague look on her face. “Your seat belt. You’ll need to … Continue reading

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Disorderly Eating

Actor Robyn Cruze-Harrington looks back on the moment that changed the course of her 18-year battle with food. “You are the big fat liar!” I declared, holding my fork mid-air. “I will eat this chicken. I will not purge, starve, … Continue reading

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Nobody is Perfect

Change has been the topic of several of my blog posts lately. I figure that it’s on the forefront of your mind, if you’ve taken the time out of your busy day to read a blog about psychotherapy. If you’re … Continue reading

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DARK WINE WATERS reviewed in The Library Journal

Simone, Frances. Dark Wine Waters: Central Recovery. Jul. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9781937612641. pap. $15.95 Simone’s (Professor Emeritus, Marshall Univ., Huntington, WV) memoir begins when she meets her husband, Terry, after she takes a risk and calls a guy she’s never … Continue reading

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Are You Socially Anxious?

Psychologists have long been interested in the concept of attachment, which has its origins in childhood experiences, primarily with those who raise us. Being raised in a family where nurturance is combined about equally with structure creates what are called … Continue reading

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What’s My Book About?

Recently I attended a session at a writing conference which focused on ways to publicize and market a book. Since my first book was about to be published I was all ears. The workshop leader addressed marketing essentials. First and … Continue reading

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A Recovery Quilt

When I celebrated my fifth year of recovery my friend Miriam made a quilted wall hanging for me to mark that anniversary. She was five years ahead of me in recovery. Quilting was one of the passions that she’d reclaimed … Continue reading

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How to Gain Strength Through Difficult Experiences

As I think about the process of psychological growth, I really like the three ingredient recipe of grace, truth, and time that I wrote about in last week’s blog post. But the more I think about it, the more I … Continue reading

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Addiction to Scary Thinking     

I’ve been much more aware of my thinking as recovery progresses. The slogan, “I came for the drinking but stayed for my thinking” is very true. Even with all—or most—addictions removed it’s my thinking that causes me trouble. I write … Continue reading

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The Secret Ingredients to Lasting Change

Because we all want to make changes that last To illustrate this dynamic, one of my patients once told me of a sculpture of Sisyphus, pushing his boulder up the mountain, just as the story goes. But this sculpture added … Continue reading

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