Writings from Christine

What to Do When Father’s Day is Not “Happy”

by on June 22, 2019

Trying to pick a card for Father’s Day is impossible for Mary. None of the cards she found reflected her experience. Her dad wasn’t present, didn’t support her interests, didn’t attend activities when she was a kid, or offer good advice. He did, however, go to work on his days off, sit on the couch watching TV… (more…)

What Does a Good Dad Look Like?

by on June 21, 2019

Maladaptive dads are constantly in the news. They make the headlines with excessive abuse, abandonment of responsivity, neglectful actions, or even the death of their children by their own hands. While the headline is sensational, it can give the appearance that all dads are bad. But this is not true. Unfortunately, not much attention is… (more…)

Who is the Most Narcissistic Generation?

by on June 14, 2019

Millennials are known as the most narcissistic generation of our time. The overindulge attention, special treatment for nothing special, and excessive emotional tolerance that parents gave their kids have not resulted in a more productive generation but rather one that seems apathetic. It’s a toss-up between who is more confused: Millennials because the world does… (more…)

Can Therapists Have Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS)?

by on June 13, 2019

Yes. According to a study reported in March 2019 of US News and World Report, mental health counselors are listed as one of the most stressful jobs next to attorneys and surgeons. The burnout rate for counselors is between 25-67% (depending on the study and type of practice) with a turnover rate of one in… (more…)

Mistaken Identity: These People Don’t Have a Personality Disorder

by on June 8, 2019

Brian came into therapy describing his wife’s behavior as having Borderline Personality Disorder. He looked up the definition online and said he knew she had it. He gave numerous examples of how perfectly she fit the profile and how he and the kids had been traumatized by her behavior. Brian said she was fearful of… (more…)

Don’t Argue: Use These 9 Rules of Engagement

by on June 7, 2019

It was clear that after 7 years of marriage, Jack and Jill still loved each other. But they way they solved problems, or rather, the way they didn’t solve problems, was destroying their marriage. The last argument ended in a physical altercation and a wrestling match that left them ashamed and humiliated. Neither had ever… (more…)

Wrong Assumptions about Personality Disorders

by on June 7, 2019

For the last ten years, I have made working with people who have a personality disorder and their family members the main part of my practice. I made this choice for several reasons. First, there are numerous family members within my own family that have a personality disorder and I have a natural talent for… (more…)

50 Excuses for Why People WON’T Change

by on June 6, 2019

Recently, I was speaking about the impact of decision fatigue on our daily lives. Decision fatigue is the deterioration of making good decisions after a long day of decision making. Basically, the more decisions a person makes in a day, the worst the decisions tend to be by the end of the day. This concept… (more…)

How to Identify a Misleading Client

by on June 6, 2019

“Not everyone who comes to counseling wants to get better.” Amanda, a mental health supervisor, told her intern. “Some are here because of a blown-up relationship, an employer who demands change, or there is a pending legal case mandated it. The key is to distinguish between those who want to improve from those who just… (more…)

What It’s Like to be the Daughter of a Sociopath

by on June 5, 2019

“I hate him, with every fiber of my being, I hate him,” Marie said as she looked back on her day. “But while I hate him for this moment, I won’t let the hate linger because I’m not going to give him that power over me.” After years of silence, her bio dad sent a… (more…)

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