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Category Archives: Emotion Regulation


Talking about mom is a frequent topic of conversation among friends, between clients and their therapists and with other family members (at your own peril).  With notable exceptions, relationships between adult children and their mothers are complicated.  Take my situation Read more…


Do you ever get the impression that you feel things stronger than other people? Have you been called “sensitive?” Do you feel keenly able to read others’ emotions? Or do you distrust your emotions entirely because they seem too out Read more…


Nobody makes you fly off the handle or shutdown when you feel rising anger.  You have an urge, you make a choice and you act on it.  All of this can happen in a split second. The question is when Read more…


Stopping to check the facts in the heat of the moment takes intentional and practiced effort. The more emotionally aroused we become, the more likely we over-interpret or misinterpret the facts of the situation.  When we do this, we run Read more…


Mary and her husband, John, have the same predictable fight week after week. John cheated on Mary five years ago and she can’t let it go.  When John is late getting home from work, which happens frequently, she obsesses he’s Read more…


“No one has ever understood me the way you do. Past therapists have just sat there, taken my money, and basically fallen asleep while I’m talking. You’re the only one who has ever listened to me at all.” Many therapists Read more…

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