Blog

26 Mar

The Wilderness

I am afraid to leave my apartment everyday of my life. I am not afraid of the people; for me, the city of Philadelphia is truly the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods. A welcoming place where people… Read More

27 Feb

Kids and Abuse

Given recent reports of events on college campuses, sexually inappropriate behavior is at the forefront of many minds. As a psychologist who specializes in problematic and abusive sexual behavior, I work with both perpetrators and survivors, as well as their families. The damage done to… Read More

23 Jan

Advice for You if Your Loved One is an Addict

Does your spouse, partner, or loved one suffer from an addiction? If so it is imperative that they receive proper professional help from an experienced health care provider with expertise in treating addictions. However, this article is not about your loved one; it is about… Read More

19 Sep

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

When my adult daughter introduced us happily to her significant other, it was practically love at first sight. The two seemed a natural match, not only for one another, but also to my husband and myself. While the two navigated the ups and downs of… Read More

1 Aug

Filling Our Time With What Matters Most

One of my clients recently came in and expressed his feelings of overwhelm. He felt overcommitted at work, stressed at home, and generally confused. He said that he didn't feel that there was any time left for him. I reminded him that to stay in… Read More

18 Jul

Coming of Age

There is a time in our children's lives when their separation from us is not only inevitable, but also sanctioned by society. The coming of age rituals observed by many cultures and religious groups are a public acknowledgement of the emotional differentiation that our children… Read More

6 Jun

The Shortest Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need

Life keeps presenting us with a choice between anxiety and depression. Choose anxiety; it passes. Depression hangs on. The anxiety is apprehension over breaking with routine ways of behaving and relating. When we break out of ruts, that anxiety passes. When we give in to… Read More

30 May

Incorporating EMDR into my therapy practice

A Personal History of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing at Council for Relationships by Senior Staff Therapist Michael D'Antonio.  From ancient times, Europeans searched for a specific missing ingredient for their cuisine: an acidic base for sauces. They tried pomegranates, then cranberries: with mixed success.… Read More

11 May

Screen Time

People often see their psychiatrist for advice. Mostly people ask me, "What should I do about my depression?" "How can I lessen my anxiety?" I listen. I gather information. We talk. We sometimes try medications. We talk some more. Inevitably, we explore ways to self… Read More

11 Apr

Pain and the Practitioner

Before I crushed a nerve in my leg, my career plan had been to become an attorney. However, I found that the fatigue and pain worsened by activity did not lend itself to actively practicing law. Instead, I found that Psychotherapy, was a great field… Read More