Writings from Christine

How Trauma Impairs the Decision-Making Process

by on May 1, 2019

It was one of those perfect Florida mornings where the sun was out but not too strong, there was little humidity in the air, and the temperature was in the low 70’s. Added to that was an early spring day where the flowers are blooming, the birds were singing, and everything smelled fresh and alive…. (more…)

9 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship

by on April 10, 2019

When Bryan first met his girlfriend, he was smitten. She was charming, helpful, generous, kind, and interesting. She would laugh at his lame jokes, tell him how smart he was, was adventurous, and actively sought ways to spend time together. Naturally, Bryan overlooked some of the more concerning behaviors that his friends pointed out. His… (more…)

11 Strategies for Successful Job Interviews

by on April 6, 2019

After 20 years at his company, Dave was asked to take early retirement. He was shocked and disappointed by the suggestion. He also had no intention of retiring. The idea of playing golf, doing lunches, and gardening sounded terrible to him. He liked working and thought his company liked him. They did, they just didn’t… (more…)

My One-minute Mini Meditations

by on April 5, 2019

I keep a full schedule as a therapist. Every minute of my workday is planned out in advance to make the most of a moment. I work four days a week, 10-12 hours each day and see on average 30 hours of clients. The rest of my time is consumed with phone calls, emails, preparations… (more…)

Road to Recovery from Narcissistic Parenting

by on April 1, 2019

Ida realized her mother was a narcissist in her early 20’s. But what she didn’t expect was the developmental impact on her childhood. Normally, a child is given the freedom to explore and express their individuality so they can develop into a confident and well-balanced adult. This nurturing environment prioritizes the needs of the child… (more…)

55 Common Abusive Remarks

by on March 29, 2019

Ever wondered what abuse sounds like? What do abusers say to their victims to get them to acquiesce? Some of the statements listed below might even sound acceptable in certain environments, but they are not. Abusive behavior is pervasive and without awareness, it will continue. There are seven major types of abuse. Physical abuse is intimidation,… (more…)

Why I hate Alzheimer’s

by on March 23, 2019

To say I hate a disorder as a therapist is a big deal for me. I specialize in personality disorders and have found beauty and giftedness where most see dysfunction. I don’t hate any other disorder, even the ones that tend to be destructive. But Alzheimer’s is different. A personality disorder can be understood and… (more…)

9 Patterns of a Dangerous Person

by on March 16, 2019

Have you ever been around someone and immediately felt uncomfortable? Almost as if they could see right through you? But then, within minutes, the person has disarmed you and despite the initial feeling of discomfort, you engage with them. Bit by bit they seem to know exactly what needs to be said or done to… (more…)

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