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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2023

Many believe that the effects of domestic violence are limited to the abuser and the victim, but as the U.S. Department of Justice’s own Office on Violence Against Women states, “domestic violence not only affects those who are abused, but also has a substantial effect on family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community…

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What is ADHD Masking?

September 27, 2023

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD, is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, ADHD does not impact children only. ADHD is a lifelong disorder that goes underreported and underdiagnosed in adults. Many adults with ADHD hide or “mask” their symptoms due to…

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Therapy That Can Teach You Forgiveness

September 25, 2023

We all know that the ability to forgive someone is a valued human trait. But dang is it hard to do. If you’re a human, then you’ve experienced a situation where you’ve been wronged by someone else (and vice versa). Most people want to be known as “forgiving,” but there are few manuals on how…

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3 Alarming Takeaways for Parents of Teens in Age Discrepant Relationships

September 22, 2023

Age-discrepant relationships are relationships where partners have a sizeable gap between the ages of those in the relationship. While there is no hard and fast number to define what is considered “sizeable,” when it comes to relationships between teenagers and adults, laws define the age of consent. Mainstream pop stars like Demi Lovato are driving…

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Taylor Swift Songs about Mental Health: The Self-Titled Edition

September 18, 2023

At Council for Relationships, we’re all about making mental health care more accessible, and we know that getting folks to talk about mental health is one of the first steps in getting people the help they need. This is why we’re proponents of efforts, whether implicit or explicit, top open up avenues for mental health…

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A quote from CFR Staff Therapist Joanne Gonzales, MFT, stating, "“The goal of therapy is to help you feel comfortable in your skin and to gain control over your emotions, especially during times of high stress. Life is easy when your brain is firing on all cylinders, but if you are stuck in a cycle of distress or dysregulation, it can sometimes be overwhelming to just exist in this world. I want to bring you back to you.”

Philadelphia Therapist Accepting New Clients: Joanne Gonzales, MFT

September 13, 2023

Finding a Philadelphia therapist accepting new clients can be difficult. CFR is proud to have Staff Therapist Joanne Gonzales, MFT, as a member of our organization. Joanne sees patients virtually or in person and is currently accepting new clients. Continue reading to learn more about Joanne’s therapeutic approaches, goals, and training. Joanne’s journey to becoming…

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How to Breathe Correctly

September 5, 2023

If you are reading this, there is a chance you are also holding your breath or your breath is shallow. You are not unique, unfortunately. Most of us are not breathing correctly, especially when we are looking at a screen. CFR Staff Therapist and CPI Specialist Mike Butera discusses the following in this article: Reflections…

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CFR Staff Therapist Mike Butera Featured in Fatherly

August 10, 2023

August 11, 2023 | CFR Staff Therapist Mike Butera, MFT, was featured in the recent Fatherly article, “The ‘Criticize-Defend’ Cycle Can Ruin Relationships. Here’s How To Escape” by Jeremy Brown. Give it a read. Mike sees clients in person and online. To request an appointment, you can reach him at mbutera@councilforrelationships.org or (215) 382-6680 ext. 4346….

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TBI: Meaning, Importance, and Hope

August 9, 2023

The Philadelphia Phillies‘ partnership with Team Foster and Warrior Canine Connection to bring a new service pup to the Phillies for training reminds us of the importance of learning about and addressing treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Veterans. TBI was the signature war wound of the Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan (OEF) and Operation…

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CFR Staff Therapist Dr. Sara J. Corse Featured in Glam

August 9, 2023

August 9, 2023 | CFR’s Director of Community Partnerships Initiative (CPI) and Staff Therapist Dr. Sara J. Corse, was featured in the recent Glam article titled, “Myths About Power Imbalances In Age-Gap Relationships, Debunked” by Brie Schmidt. Give it a read. Kristine sees clients in person and online. To set up an appointment, you can…

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CFR Staff Therapist Kristine Seitz Featured in AskMen

August 4, 2023

August 4, 2023 | CFR’s Staff Therapist Kristine Seitz, MEd, MSW, LSW, was featured in the recent AskMen article titled, “Common Dating Mistakes Men Make in the First Few Dates” by Maddie Simone. Give it a read. Kristine sees clients in person and online. To set up an appointment, you can reach her at kseitz@councilforrelationships.org…

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Caring for an Aging Parent: 3 Tips to Keep You from Losing Yourself

July 20, 2023

Caring for an aging parent can feel daunting, frustrating, isolating, and sad. But it does not have to be this way. Read on to the learn more about the following tips to help keep you from losing yourself as you care for your parent.  Tip #1:  Take it slow. Caring for an elderly parent is…

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In My Feelings: Experiencing & Understanding Emotions

July 18, 2023

Raise your hand if you have ever been in your feelings. Have you ever stopped and thought about what being “in my feelings” really means? Experiencing our emotions, and understanding what those feelings mean, is a critical aspect of any mental health journey. Read on for answers to the following questions: What are emotions? Where…

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Philadelphia Therapist Accepting New Clients: Amy Leonard, MSW

July 5, 2023

Finding a Philadelphia therapist accepting new clients can be difficult. CFR is proud to have Staff Therapist Amy Leonard, MSW, as a member of our organization. Amy sees patients virtually or in person and is currently accepting new clients. Continue reading to learn more about Amy’s therapeutic approaches, goals, and training. Amy’s journey to becoming…

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Juneteenth at Longwood Gardens

On Friday, June 16, 2023, Longwood Gardens hosted Fashioning Freedom, a event honoring the power of fashion in the struggle for freedom. It promised to be an evening for celebrating African American fashion and its critical relationship to the work of freedom. After spending her day seeing clients and working towards her doctorate, CFR Staff…

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Notes from the 2023 Drexel MCH Symposium

June 27, 2023

On June 1, 2023, Drexel University held the 2023 Drexel Maternal and Child Health Symposium: Gun Violence: Impacts & Solutions from an MCH Perspective. The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) conference, “highlight[ed] the work of communities and programs seeking to reduce the impact of gun violence on maternal and child health populations, including women, children,…

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Black Joy

While the events that led to the ultimate creation of the national holiday known as Juneteenth may be over 160 years in the past, there is no time like the present to embrace Black joy. But what is Black joy and why is Juneteenth a time for us to embrace it? And what does it…

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How to Support LGBTQ+ Youth in 2023

Americans live in a time of growing societal rifts. One such yawning divide is on how we treat and view members of the LGBTQ+ community. The people who are most harmed by the backlash against the queer and transgender community are, predictably, children. Already disproportionally impacted by discriminatory practices and laws, LGBTQ+ youth are enduring…

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CFR Staff Therapist Kathy Klein Featured in Philadelphia Magazine

June 13, 2023

June 3, 2023 | CFR’s Staff Therapist Kathy Klein, MSEd, MSW, LSW was featured in the recent Philadelphia Magazine article titled, “Thank You for Sharing: How a New Crop of Social Media Sleuthing Groups Aims to Combat the Liars, Cheaters, and Abusers of the Dating World” by Shaunice Ajiwe. Give it a read. Kathy sees clients…

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Racial Justice Through Tragic Optimism 

June 12, 2023

The time between the conclusion of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) and the celebration of Juneteenth is a great opportunity to reflect on the complexities of racial justice. CFR Staff Psychiatrist Dr. Maura Dunfey shares how her experience raising biracial children, having a grandfather who fought the Japanese in World…

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CFR Director of Clinical Internships Allen-Michael Lewis Joined The Business-y Podcast

June 5, 2023

June 1, 2023 | CFR’s Director of Clinical Internships and Staff Therapist Allen-Michael Lewis, LMFT, AS, was a guest on The Business-y Podcast with Tatiana Ryann. Allen-Michael sees clients in person and online. To set up an appointment, you can reach him at alewis@councilforrelationships.org or (215) 382-6680 ext. 4206. Attention members of the media: To…

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