Author Archive: Matthew Purinton, MSW, LCSW

30 Oct

Honoring Visibility During Disability History Month & Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is Disability History Month, but it is now more widely celebrated as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This month marks a celebration of the contributions of Disabled People throughout history. This year marks not only the 75th observance of NDEAM, but also the… Read More

16 Jul

Honoring Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month. As a Therapist at Council for Relationships, and a lifelong Person with a Disability, I’d like to share with you what I feel pride about, as a Person with a Disability, and why terms matter. Disability does not discriminate, which… Read More

30 Jan

The Thief in the Night

Chronic pain is the thief in the night; it robs from one's relationships and it steals one's strength. Few things are as strongly correlated with the decline in quality of life as chronic pain. It is associated with an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular… Read More

6 Jan

Featured Therapist for January, Matthew Purinton

Every month, Council for Relationships features one of our Staff Therapists. This month's Featured Therapist is Matthew Purinton, MSW, who joined our staff in 2007. Learn about Matthew in the interview below!  Tell us a little about what makes you unique as a therapist and… Read More

20 Nov

Why Humans Are So Bad At Shopping – And What You Can Do About It

Research shows that we often make irrational choices, and many times these "bad" choices are made at the mall or while shopping online. Knowing the psychological science behind your shopping habits can help you be more aware and make better decisions in the stores -… Read More

12 Jun

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Homelessness

A recent study from St. Michael's Hospital in Canada found that almost half of all homeless men had suffered at least one traumatic brain injury during their life, with over 80% of the injuries occurring before the men lost their homes. The most likely causes… Read More

26 Mar

The Wilderness

I am afraid to leave my apartment everyday of my life. I am not afraid of the people; for me, the city of Philadelphia is truly the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods. A welcoming place where people… Read More

11 Apr

Pain and the Practitioner

Before I crushed a nerve in my leg, my career plan had been to become an attorney. However, I found that the fatigue and pain worsened by activity did not lend itself to actively practicing law. Instead, I found that Psychotherapy, was a great field… Read More