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What underlies your addiction? Consider trauma/PTSD

What underlies your addiction? Consider trauma/PTSD

J.D. Murphy has published an article on Psychology Everywhere, discussing how many people turn to addiction and addictive behaviors to cope with symptoms of PTSD, especially childhood trauma. He writes,  Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) is a term used to describe every type of childhood trauma such as losing a parent, abuse, or other traumatic experiences. Studies have found that those who...[ read more ]

What is your God-given temperament?

Temperament therapy is a powerful form of counseling, developed to provide more effective and immediate results within a Christian framework. It is based on the insight that each person is born with an innate temperament that cannot be removed, but can be obscured or distorted by living in a way that is incompatible with your deepest needs. Many common mental...[ read more ]

Practical Tools for Restoring Trust

Article taken from "Shattered Vows" by Debbie Laaser, MA, LMFT (Pages 184-187) When beginning to recover from sexual betrayal, a wife needs to know daily that her husband has stopped his sexual acting out. Some are afraid to ask because their husband gets angry and defensive when they do. Others want to avoid "being his mother" by constantly asking him...[ read more ]

The 30 task model for conquering sexual addiction

All those who have struggled with sexual and relationship addiction, as well as their friends and family members, will appreciate how hard it is to break out and achieve lasting freedom. As with many forms of addiction, relapses are depressingly common in the first year of going clean, and many people find they have to hit 'rock bottom' before they...[ read more ]

Using faith to recover from addiction

Do you feel hopeless? Do you feel that your situation has no way of getting better? Do you feel like your addiction is bigger than you and you don’t have the power or the will to look it in the eye and beat it? Turning to faith That’s where faith comes in. Jeff Jay, author of Navigating Grace: A Solo Voyage...[ read more ]

Action Steps During Times of Struggle

Are you going through a hard time? Is panic starting to set in as you wonder how you will stay afloat and get to the other side? At some point or another, we all go through trying times, and experience some sort of struggle in our lives. The main thing to keep in mind, is that hard times pass, and...[ read more ]

Helping the chronic worrier

Are you often overcome with worry, anxiety or dread, but don't know where it's coming from? If you are in a position of leadership, you may have an extra responsibility as you support and coach your followers enabling them to keep their worry in check. In CareLeader.com,  Jon Noto offers us 3 techniques to help the chronic worrier overcome his...[ read more ]

The Importance of Apology

Post written by Steven Stosny, CompassionPower.com. It goes without saying that the most important elements of apology are sincerity and follow-through, i.e., feel what you say and "walk the walk," not just "talk the talk." Research indicates that satisfying apologies are quite different for different people. An acceptable apology for you might not work for your partner and vice versa....[ read more ]

How to Forgive for Your Own Mental Health

Are you struggling in your relationship? Are you hanging onto hurt? Is all the negativity affecting your mental health? If you are tired of being dragged down by negativity,  try practicing forgiveness. By learning to become a more forgiving person, you can get over the hurt, allowing you to focus on yourself, and maintain your wellbeing. (more…)

Suffering: Seek Out and Embrace a More Nourishing Story

What kind of stories do you tell yourself? How many times do you replay a conversation or situation in your head wondering how it could have been so bad. Many times the suffering we endure is because of the stories we create, or allow to take up space in our brain. These stories create cycles of anger, hurt and resentment, and it...[ read more ]