Article: Why Baths Work to Soothe Your Muscles & Spirit

By: Heather, tapgenes.com “I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one,” wrote Sylvia Plath in her iconic 1960s novel, The Bell Jar. She had a point. Is there anything more comforting in this world than a bath? From Roman bathhouses to modern day...

Article: 8 Mistakes You’re Making When It Comes To Dating After Divorce

By: Dalila Jusic-LaBerge, LMFT You didn’t expect to wind up back in the dating pool when you exchanged vows in front of your family and friends. Now you are alone again and longing for a new relationship. Whether you are happy or sad about it, it’s definitely not easy. Are you still hoping to find...

Article: Happiness vs. Success

By: Laura Huckabee-Jennings We are taught from a young age that achieving specific milestones of success — getting good grades, getting into a great college, having a prestigious career, having a certain amount of money saved, living in the right house or neighborhood, marrying the right person, having talented or well-behaved kids, etc. — will...

Article: New Research on Alienated Children | Forensic Psychology

By: Daniel H. Swerdlow-Freed, Ph.D. Several years ago, our newsletter featured an article on parental alienation, in which we summarized Richard Gardner’s proposition that parental alienation syndrome, or PAS, was a diagnosable disorder with distinct features. Over the past several years, his opinions have received much criticism and led mental health professionals to formulate research-based...

Article: 35 Simple Ways to Take Great Care of Yourself

By: Anna Luther, My Life & Kids   It’s funny how once you become a mom, you realize how little time you have to get sick.   And also how little time you have to take care of yourself so you don’t get sick.   I can still remember thinking that the odds were against...

Article: You’re Getting Divorced: Does Your Child Need Therapy?

By: Kate Scharff If you’re a divorcing parent, worries about your kids are high on your “list of stuff that keeps me up at night.” Do they feel betrayed? Angry? Grief-stricken? Stigmatized? Will they live like ping pong balls, miserably bouncing between homes? Will they have difficulty forming loving attachments in the future or develop...

Article: Untreated Depression Is A Growing Problem Among American Teens

By: Lisa Rapaport “Many children do not tell their parents about their depressive symptoms, they may not even recognize them as such.” (Reuters Health) – The number of U.S. adolescents and young adults with untreated depression may be on the rise, a recent study suggests. For youth ages 12 to 17, the prevalence of depression increased...

Article: The Impact of Parental Alienation on Parents

Post-traumatic Stress in the Rupture of Parent-child Relationships By: Edward Kruk Ph.D. In this final installment of our two-part series on parental alienation, we turn our attention to alienated (targeted) and alienating parents (you can find part one here). Parental alienation is the “programming” of a child by one parent to denigrate the other (targeted) parent,...

Article: How a Pet Can Heal Your Heart and Head When Divorcing

By: Joshua E. Stern, Esq. Anyone in the midst of a divorce, parents and children alike, knows how stressful life can become. Routines are changed, schedules rearranged, and relationships redefined. It should come as no surprise then that during the divorce process and in the aftermath of it, many people experience loneliness, isolation, and loss. One...

Special Report: Children of High-Conflict Divorce Face Many Challenges

By: William Bernet, M.D., Professor Emeritus in the department of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN Parental separation and divorce are common features of contemporary society. About 25% of children in the US live with only one parent.1 The parents may have been married and then separated or divorced; perhaps the parents...