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  • 16 Dec 2019 2:40 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Criticism is the monster in the closet. We all overreact to negative feedback and dismiss the positive. Not good odds and not good math. If we give power to the one who objects and ignore the 20 who agree, we are overweighting the negation. Read on.

  • 16 Dec 2019 2:39 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Taking an educative role with our clients, we can increase their accuracy in recognizing when they are making errors in perception of the many situations that present themselves on a daily basis. Using this tool, helping them to discover their biases will truly change their minds.

  • 16 Dec 2019 2:37 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    How can we aid clients in dealing with their worst enemy? Especially when their worst enemy is themselves and the perspective they have of themselves. This creative approach to changing the image of the threatening perception to one manageable by not banished. We need those images to help us recognize real problems, but not stop us in our tracks.
  • 17 Sep 2019 6:13 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Traditional folk and fairy tales are a means of communicating social values within a group. This article focuses on the use of those stories as a vehicle in group therapy to offer alternative ways of dealing with the stresses in life. Within a session, a folk tale was read and discussed as a means of addressing problems the group members were experiencing.  Read on for the effects from this type of interaction.

  • 17 Sep 2019 6:11 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Within the context of a book, a client might find that character who approaches a crisis in a way they admire. Stories can give us a chance to see how things might turn out differently. Reading allows us to try on alternative lifestyles and see if they might fit. They might also read about thoughts or feelings that they have but find it impossible to express. Novels show us our own and others reality and may be useful as dialogue in psychotherapy.

  • 17 Sep 2019 6:09 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Narrative therapy has many merits and helping a patient 'see' behavior or personality characteristics that they either can't comprehend or have yet to try on for size can be well worth the price of admission.  Sometimes a discussion brought forth by the client about a recent movie can be

    a peek into their psyche. What character did he identify with? Which plot theme reminded him of his own life. What turn of events created a memory surge?  Read on for more ideas on the use of cinema in therapy.

  • 15 Jul 2019 12:11 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Many of us have had losses that need to be addressed but often feel our clients are suffering also and therefore need us. So how do we grieve while being present in the workplace? Here are some coping strategies for self care and opportunities to grieve.
  • 15 Jul 2019 12:09 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Is it laziness? Is it inability? What is the secret behind procrastination?

    We are conscious of the behavior and often feel a sense of shame as a result. So what’s going on? How do we move beyond this ego deflating behavior?

  • 15 Jul 2019 12:08 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    What happened to those early predictions of work becoming secondary to our leisure activities? Work has become not only an economic endeavor but the centerpiece of one’s identity.  How does that play out with one’s family life, health, and spiritual growth?

    If we look for our sense of self from the workplace, how will we ever leave? Read on.

  • 15 May 2019 10:52 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Very little research has been done in the relationship between ADHD and sexual dysfunction.  Many of us engaged in couples counseling know what challenges ADHD brings to marriage but have we made the connection with the difficulties that arise in the bedroom?

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