It’s time to talk about mental health

May 1, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month Many people hesitate to talk about their mental health struggles openly. Because of the stigma attached to mental health, they may fear judgment or discrimination if they speak up. When people have to suffer in private, the isolation causes another layer of pain. But times are changing, and more…

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Woman-Founded in 1932

March 7, 2019

March is Women’s History Month and Council for Relationships (CFR) is celebrating 90 years of Marriage & Family Therapy, the legacy of Dr. Emily Mudd, and honoring all the women (trans and cis and nonbinary folks) who show up as clients, practitioners, donors, students, board members, and administrators to make our work possible. Every year, thousands of…

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WHYY Radio Times Addresses Mental Health in African American Communities

August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018 | WHYY Radio Times ran a program on Mental Health and Black Communities on Monday, August 27.  Marty Moss-Coane’s guests were Philadelphia psychiatrists Delane Casiano and Karriem Salaam, who are co-authors of the book, Mind Matters: A Resource Guide to Psychiatry for Black Communities and Howard Stevenson, professor of Urban Education, and…

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Everything you need to know about CFR’s Online Therapy

July 17, 2018

  Who is a good candidate? At Council for Relationships, we believe that everyone can benefit from therapy at some point in their lives. Every year, our therapists help thousands of clients live their best lives by helping them improve their important relationships. Our Online Therapy services are intended for clients who cannot see our…

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Seeking: Balance in Relationships

March 20, 2018

Deb D’Arcangelo is CEO of Council for Relationships which provides therapy on a sliding fee scale and trains current and future therapists.   This Women’s History Month, we at Council for Relationships applaud the success of former Philadelphia activist Tarana Burke and her launching of the #MeToo movement, which has put a spotlight on the…

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I Have A Message for You: Holocaust Survivors Recount Messages from their Parents

October 16, 2017

In the video, “I Have A Message for You,” Klara, who survived the Holocaust as a young French woman hidden in Belgium, narrates a powerful story about her father and the impact of parental messages on survivors. Klara, her father, and her boyfriend were on a train on their way to Auschwitz. Her father was…

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Coping with the Las Vegas Shooting: How to Talk to Your Kids

What About the Children? Ben King and Laurel Roe, staff therapists at CFR, share their insights below on how to talk to your kids about the shooting in Las Vegas this week. “I am so upset that my children are growing up in this world.”  “How do I explain what is happening to my children? …

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Coping with the Las Vegas Shooting: How to Respond When We Feel Powerless

October 3, 2017

It was the first thing we heard yesterday when we woke up here in Eastern Standard Time.  There had been another mass shooting, this time in Las Vegas at an outdoor music festival. It was the worst shooting in our national history, said the news. After the devastation and continuing crises in Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico, the…

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Practicing Everyday Self-Care in the Wake of Tragedy

October 3, 2017

Once again, we are in shock at the capacity of a human being to damage and kill other people—and there is nothing comprehensible about such carnage. The many feelings you may feel at a time like this—shock, anger, sadness, horror, fear, hopelessness—can easily lead to questions about human nature and the meaning of everyday life….

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Coping with the News of a Mass Shooting: Fighting Fear with Love

October 3, 2017

Waking up in the aftermath of a tragedy is jarring. This morning, I reached for my phone alarm, but before I could press snooze, I was startled by the number of texts from my friends and family. A CNN alert proclaimed a mass shooting. I sat up immediately, shaken from my sleepy fog. Again? Las…

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Views From A Millennial Therapist

June 13, 2017

By Sarah Epstein Sarah Epstein is a Master’s student in the Couple and Family Therapy program at Thomas Jefferson University and Couple and Family Therapy Intern at Council For Relationships. Read the full Family Therapy Magazine article.

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My View: The Building Brotherhood Mural

April 28, 2016

I greatly appreciate being able to see this mural, entitled Building Brotherhood, from my desk at the University City office of Council for Relationships.  An article about it in WestPhillyLocal.com explains that it “was designed to inspire males of color to build supportive relationships with one another as a mechanism for coping with – and…

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When the Student is Ready

December 10, 2012

Very few therapists at Council for Relationships are involved exclusively in providing therapy to clients. A number of us teach – either as members of the Jefferson University’s faculty in the School of Psychiatry, or facilitate workshops throughout the tri-state area, or as part of the Community Partnership Initiative work with schools, faith-based organizations and…

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What Therapists Wish Their Clients Knew

Before clients commit to therapy, they may want to talk to the clinician prior to coming in to ask a few questions. They may ask, “What kind of therapy do you do?”, “Have you dealt with this problem before?”, or “Can I reach you in an emergency?” All of these questions are important, and they…

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Helping Children Grieve: Expressing Emotions, Affirming the Universal

June 14, 2010

It is a Tuesday evening in January, 2010. The room is abuzz with the energy of 12 children, ages 7-9, who show up in this large room most weeks from 6-8 pm to play and talk and have a snack. These children have something in common that does not meet the eye. Their young lives…

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