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How CFR Therapy Changed a Life and Inspired a Powerful Art Series

February 7, 2022

If you live or work in Philadelphia, then you probably recognize the work of area artist Amberella. Her hearts can be found all over the city with short, yet powerful messages like “YOU ARE NOT ALONE.” Amberella began her series Power Hearts after coming out of a toxic relationship and starting to see a therapist at Council…

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I Have No Excuse to Feel This Bad!

How many times over the past year have you heard (or uttered to yourself) something along the lines of “I know other people have it so much worse than me, so I really have no excuse to feel this bad?” Or maybe you’ve thought, “I’ve been so lucky, but I still can’t deal with this. What would I do…

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What Is Racial Trauma and How to Practice Radical Self-Care

Dr. Charles Muorah has successfully helped clients resolve shame and sexual abuse trauma, cultural, racial, and other kinds of trauma. He uses brainspotting (BSP) therapy, narrative approach, relational attunements, mindfulness, and empowering language to process with the client coping strategies, adaptation and resiliency before, during and after the experience. Recent instances of police brutality and…

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Introducing Featured Staff Therapist Allen-Michael Lewis

Every month, Council for Relationships features one of our staff therapists on the blog. This month’s Featured Therapist Allen-Michael Lewis joined our staff in 2018. Get to know more about Allen in the interview below! What do you consider to be the goal of therapy? For me, the goal of therapy is to understand how negative…

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Meet August’s Featured Staff Therapist, Elyse Stein Batoff

Every month, Council for Relationships highlights one of our Staff Therapists on the Expert Voices blog. Elyse Stein Batoff, MA, LMFT was named this month’s featured Staff Therapist. Learn more about Elyse in the quick introduction below. If you are interested in therapy with Elyse, request an appointment today.   What is the goal of therapy? I believe the…

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The Power of Connection and Community

July 17, 2018

Caitlin Rice, MSS, LCSW has years of experience supporting families coping with stress and chronic illness and working with parents of children with special needs. She has facilitated groups for individuals in these trying situations and has seen their immense healing power. Read on to learn more about the power of connection and community.  In today’s world,…

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Why I recommend “puzzle piece dating” to my single clients

May 16, 2018

Akilah J. Pierre, MFT is a Staff Therapist at our University City office and this month’s Featured Therapist. Ms. Pierre is particularly skilled at working with clients to improve their self-esteem and self-worth, heal from trauma, and cultivate intimacy in their relationships. Read on for the dating advice that she gives to her clients that are looking to…

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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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National Social Work Month: The Work That We Do

March 19, 2015

For the past 12 years, I have been a social worker. I started out working in North Philly at an alternative school for students who were expelled from public schools. It remains one of the best jobs I have had since graduating. I truly loved working with the students, who were difficult but very special….

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The Power of the Personal

The New York Times recently published a short but hopeful essay, “Transference? I’ll Take It“, by Michelle Huneven about a successful  round of therapy that eventually led her to falling in love and getting married. As a relationship therapist, I often think about the relationships and experiences that clients bring with them to therapy 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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True Courage: Coming to Therapy

February 28, 2011

I often say to my patients, particularly to those who feel embarrassed seeking help, “Only the strong people come to therapy.” And I mean that. These people are brave enough to look at themselves and their roles in relationships. This kind of introspection, coupled with sharing innermost thoughts and feelings and intimate family details, with…

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