The Family – And Now the Nation – That Howls Together

August 27, 2020

On April 23, while watching the PBS News Hour’s coverage of – what else – our nation’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, I received a delightful surprise at the close of the program. The scene moved to Missoula, Montana, where they filmed local residents on their front porches, all howling in unison. Some families even…

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When Your Loved One is a First Responder

July 28, 2020

As the daughter of an emergency room nurse, I write this with an empathic heart to all families and individuals dealing with the current COVID-19 epidemic. It’s especially stressful for those who have family members who are first responders; medical personnel, police officers, rescuers, military officials, and other related professionals. Let’s not forget individuals still…

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New Year, New Me? Tips for Maintaining New Year’s Resolutions

January 24, 2019

This is the week of Blue Monday – supposedly the most depressing day of the year, and the day when many people give up on their New Year’s resolutions. Read on for Sara Samuels’ guide to making and maintaining resolutions, any time of year. As we wrap up one year and begin another, some of…

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My Message to Women: You do not have to suffer in silence

Elyse Stein Batoff, Psychologist, LMFT has years of experience working in the area of Women’s Psychological Health Services. She has offered the emotional support that has been needed by many women as they go through physical changes and issues ranging from infertility, pregnancy, postpartum depression, sexual concerns, and menopause. Collaboration with physicians such as OB/GYN’s…

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Why I joined a group of clinicians devoted to Women’s Psychological Health Services

Staff Therapist Laurel Roe, MS CHR, MFT is one of over 20 clinicians in the Women’s Psychological Health Services program at Council for Relationships. Read on to find out more about the services offered and why CFR staff members are honored to be a part of this new initiative.   As a clinician, I know that every…

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Need a vacation? Take a social media break!

April 17, 2018

Laurel Roe, MS CHR, MFT has a background in education and particularly enjoys working with families with members who have special needs, parenting issues, childhood developmental concerns, and anxiety in children, teens, and adults.  Taking a break from social media can provide many of the same health benefits as a traditional vacation. Whether we like…

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Eagles’ Brandon Brooks Teaches Us that an Athlete’s Mental Health is Just as Important as Physical Fitness

January 10, 2018

Staff Therapist George James, Psy.D., LMFT has worked extensively with professional athletes, adult men and young adult men on various issues including defining manhood, career and work-life balance. He also specializes in helping couples improve the quality of their relationship, reconcile conflicts and overcome intense situations such as affairs, lack of communication, parenting struggles and much more.     PHILLY.COM: JESSICA GRIFFIN /…

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How Setting a Kinder New Year’s Resolution May Increase Your Chances of Success

December 27, 2017

Former Staff Therapist Sarah Bauer, MS, MFT is a couple and family therapist. Specializing in domestic violence, trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, Sarah uses a systemic approach to assist clients in reaching their goals.   New Year’s is a time to remember the last year’s events and choices, and to consider the…

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Six Reasons You Should Go to Therapy This Year

December 26, 2017

Staff Therapist Ryan McMillian, DMin, MFT specializes in moving individuals and couples out of “stuck points.” Read on for his advice on how to have your best year yet.     The New Year is here, so it’s time for the annual review. Any goals left incomplete from last year, habits you wanted to develop or relationships…

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Like Great Wine, Sex Can Get Better with Age: Strategies for Satisfying Sex Throughout Your Entire Life

December 19, 2017

Staff Therapist Dr. Alishia Kalos is a licensed psychologist with specialized experience in addressing sexual and relational concerns such as intimacy, communication, desire, arousal, satisfaction, pain, relationship contract negotiation, unusual sexual interests, and sexual behavior challenges. Alishia sees clients at our Center City and Paoli locations.   Sexual health and intimacy are core elements of…

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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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Ways to Practice Gratitude Without a Gratitude Journal

November 16, 2017

Are you feeling more worried lately? Have you experienced a drop in the number of pleasurable experiences you have? Are you feeling all around less positive than last year? You’re not alone. A recent Gallup Poll indicates that in the past year many Americans have experienced a decline in their sense of well-being. Fortunately, research…

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When is it Time to See a Therapist?

November 2, 2017

Tracey Tanenbaum is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Staff Therapist at Council for Relationships. She also serves as the Community Partnership Initiative Clinical Specialist.  When is it time to start seeing a therapist? The answer to that question will vary for each individual. In this blog post, I explore a few common reasons clients book…

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What an Eclipse and Therapy Have in Common

August 23, 2017

A commentator said of Monday’s eclipse, “Everyone was just a person with something in common at that moment.”  At Council for Relationships, we know that the need for therapy is something that everyone has in common – either at certain points in life or on an ongoing basis. CFR therapists see more than 5,000 people…

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Empowering Minds Globally

June 26, 2017

By Tracey Tanenbaum  Last year Council for Relationships kicked off what will hopefully be a lasting annual tradition. We inaugurated an award in honor of CFR’s founder. Dr. Emily Hartshorne Mudd was a feminist and change agent, committed to bettering the lives of couples and families. In her spirit, the award is given to an…

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Video: The Greater Philadelphia Conference on Veteran’s Mental Health

April 27, 2017

The Greater Philadelphia Conference on Veteran’s Mental Health will take place May 5, 2017. This full-day event features some of the nation’s leading experts in military and Veteran behavioral health. Veterans, military families, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), and mental health professionals are all welcome. For more information or to register, click here.

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Benchmarks of Self-Care

January 23, 2017

Shadeen Francis is a Staff Therapist at CFR, specializing in sex therapy at University City office. To request an appointment with Shadeen, click here or call Client Care at 215-382-6680 extension 1. If we were to image life as a journey, self-care could be the wagon that carries us along our path. At what point do you tend…

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How to extend your vacation feeling after coming home

August 18, 2015

Wanda Sevey, MDiv, LMFT, is a staff therapist and office director of our Lawrenceville and Voorhees, New Jersey offices. She is an ordained minister in the progressive United Church of Christ and is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Relationship Enhancement Therapy.    Every summer I wish I could make it last just a little longer….

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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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Positive Child-Parent Bonds Lead to More Positive Caregiving for Aging Survivors

Last week we observed Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the liberation by the Allied Armies of the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps. To mark this day we are sharing observations made by the Transcending Trauma Project (TTP) team from the interview statements of survivors explaining how the experience of the…

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Autism Awareness Month: A Personal Story

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we’re featuring a guest blog post from Bridgette Montgomery, a therapist and mother of six-year-old autistic son Josiah. She is sharing her personal story to spread awareness of autism and the importance of early diagnosis. April is Autism Awareness Month.  It is my goal to spread awareness to everyone…

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