The World Mourns

January 28, 2020

On Sunday afternoon Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna along with seven others were killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles. They were on their way to Gianna’s basketball game for a team that Kobe coached. The basketball world lost a legend, one of the greatest to ever play in the NBA. Interestingly,…

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The Economy’s Psychological Impact on Millennials

December 10, 2019

William Coffey, LCSW, is a Staff Therapist at our Center City and Voorhees, NJ offices.  At the conclusion of World War II, the U.S. economy took off like a rocket. After the Greatest Generation defeated Nazi Germany, they came home, found new jobs, bought homes, and gave birth to the largest generation of children the…

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Spring: a time to be vigilant about suicide prevention

April 17, 2019

Many people believe that suicide rates peak during the winter months. Intuitively, this makes sense given the existence of seasonal affective disorder and the tendency to associate depression with winter. Some also believe that the holidays amplify loneliness in people who have lost loved ones. But suicide statistics suggest a different story. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health…

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What We Can Learn From Bruce Springsteen

January 2, 2019

William Coffey is a staff therapist at Council for Relationships’ Center City and Voorhees, NJ offices.  I first saw Bruce Springsteen, aka The Boss, in October 1974 in the gymnasium of West Chester College, now West Chester University. This was a full year before he exploded nationally when he released Born to Run and was…

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Supporting Family and Friends in Recovery This Holiday Season

December 18, 2017

Bill Coffey, MSS, LCSW is a Staff Therapist at our Center City and Voorhees, New Jersey locations. Bill has decades of experience working with individuals, couples, and families in recovery. ‘Tis the season to be full of cheer, happiness and food! For most people, the holiday season means cherished family time, exchanging of gifts, and…

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Addiction is a Disease: Prescription Pills, Heroin, and Addressing the Problem

February 22, 2016

In recent years the media have warned about drug epidemics. In 2003 it was Ecstasy, the hallucinogenic club drug, and then in 2006 methamphetamines became the ‘hot’ drug that everyone was anxious about. These drugs are indeed dangerous and highly addictive, but the number of people involved in use, abuse and addiction were small in…

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Where Did Summer Vacation Go?

June 24, 2015

  Summer vacation has been a ritual that Americans undertake every year since the 1950’s. I remember going to the Jersey shore each year with my family. It was a time to load up the car with a variety of clothes, bikes and beach stuff. We were going to do something different from our usual…

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Farewell To Robin Williams

August 18, 2014

Once again we are faced with another celebrity’s untimely tragic death. Robin Williams’ suicide at the age of 63 last weekend reminds us of the tragic consequences of the double difficulty between depression and substance abuse. Mr. Williams’ long history of addiction is well chronicled; he had 20 years of sobriety from alcohol and cocaine…

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Opiate Use on the Rise

April 22, 2013

Which class of drugs is the fastest growing in terms of use? In recent years that distinction belongs to opiates, or prescription painkillers, as they are known more commonly. The opiates we are familiar with are the narcotic pain killers such as oxycodone/ acetaminophen (Percocet), hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin), ocycodone (Oxycontin), and many others. According to the…

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A Dating Guide (For the Married Couple)

January 29, 2007

This is not a guide to help you find suitable people to date, nor is it a guide to the hottest new spots in town. This is a recommendation for all committed couples to find a way to set aside time every week for each other and do something as a couple, in other words,…

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Maintaining a Healthy Relationships While Raising Children

December 13, 2004

Raising children is one of the most rewarding and challenging undertakings a couple takes on. It is certainly not easy to raise children today (I’m not sure if it ever was), and it clearly requires a lot of energy and focus. However, I have recently seen in my practice with couples a tendency for the…

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Alcohol Use and Abuse

December 13, 2004

The latest numbers released by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) indicate that approximately 115 million people regularly ingest alcohol, which is defined as consuming alcohol at least once a month. The vast majority of those 115 million drink alcohol socially, and some occasionally will get intoxicated at a special event such…

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