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Individuation from Family of Origin

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Families build their own systems with customs, values, beliefs, implicit and explicit rules, as well as, perceived acceptable/unacceptable behaviors. We develop within this culture, adapt to, as well as, adopt these family system dynamics. When we leave our family of …

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Healing the Wounded Inner Child

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We each have various parts of ourselves, similar to defense mechanisms, that at different situations take the wheel and lead during tumultuous, happy, relaxing moments. Many people develop “protector pieces” which help a person that was abused, injured, or taken …

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Setting boundaries, Saying “No.”

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It is a beautiful thing when you are physically, emotionally, mentally, or professionally present and supportive to others. After all, we are innately built to be compassionate social beings. However, it is possible that too much generosity can lead a …

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Understanding Sexual Abuse

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Sexual abuse can be sadistic or not. It can be one event or a series of events over a prolonged period of time. Sexual trauma takes place in various forms of molestation, childhood exposure to pornography,  rape, uncomfortable touching or …

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Trauma in the Body

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Trauma is more than just an incident or series of painful exposures in childhood or adulthood. Trauma lives in your body and navigates the lens of which you perceive the world. We unconsciously interact, react, and respond to others carrying …

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Have you experienced trauma, abandonment, or abuse?

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Trauma recovery is a long difficult journey that becomes more manageable with time and re-building. When people experience trauma, they are often left in a state of panic, depression, hopelessness, anxiety, or fear. These are natural responses to considerably stressful …

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Trauma and Anxiety

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Trauma and Anxiety: Anxiety is a natural, common response to trauma.

Survivors of trauma can sometimes suffer panic attacks, excessive worrying, and chronic anxiety ruminating about future disappointment, future abandonment, future loss, or future danger. Many childhood survivors of trauma …

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Domestic Violence among Americans

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Domestic violence is intimate partner violence. Emotional, verbal, physical and psychological abuse all constitutes forms of violence. It knows no socioeconomic status; both the wealthy and impoverished are plagued with its effects. Domestic violence does not discriminate within sexual orientation.…

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Five ways to combat domestic violence

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1. Safety plan: Consider your safety, or the safety of the loved one dealing with domestic violence, as a very important priority. It is important that all victims of domestic violence have a written contractual agreement with themselves and a …

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Depression Therapy NYC, Depression Therapy NJ

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Feeling sad, isolated, unmotivated, or overwhelmed seems to be common reactions to life in an active city like New York City. We are required to always be “on”, handling hundreds of tasks simultaneously as we drown in work and familial …

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