Girly Thoughts Detox

By Patricia O’Gorman, PhD Author of The Girly Thoughts 10-Day Detox Plan: The Resilient Woman’s Guide to Saying NO to Negative Self-Talk and YES to Personal Power  (publication date 10.28.14)       The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power (2013)       Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting—The Codependency Connection (2012)       The recent public …
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Remembering Counselor Contributor David J. Powell, PhD

November 13th, 2013 | Posted by Editor in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)
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We regret to inform our readers that long-time Counselor magazine columnist and contributor, David J. Powell, PhD, died on November 1, 2013. He is survived by his wife Barbara and their daughters Heather and Kirstin. Dr. Powell was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry within the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of …
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What is it like to be a Sex Addict?

For many under-informed folks, a kneejerk reaction to the phrase “sex addiction” is for them to say something along the lines of, “Now that’s an addiction I’d like to have. Where do I sign up?” In reality, however, sexual addiction is not nearly as much fun as it sounds. Try thinking of it this way: …
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Digital Dreams and Your Girlie Thoughts

November 5th, 2013 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)
Psychologist in private practice in Albany, Saranac Lake,  New York, is noted for her work in child welfare, mental health, and substance abuse. She has served as a consultant to organizations in preventative and clinical strategic planning. Dr. O'Gorman is a cofounder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and has held positions ranging from clinical director of child welfare agency to interim director of a crime victims organization to director of prevention for NIAAA. Dr. O'Gorman is author of The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power.

In case you think you are not really affected by the media, watch this short video. It shows a perfectly lovely young woman who is digitally altered—and I’m not speaking about the changes we all enjoy, like adding makeup and doing our hair. This is on a whole different level. Here is a short, brilliant …
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Two New Sex Addiction Films: Are They Accurate?

In back-to-back weeks two wide-release, A-list cast films examining the issue of sexual addiction were released. These are the first films directly addressing the issue since the critically acclaimed Shame hit theatres in 2011. Shame, as the few people who saw it will almost certainly remember, was a gritty depiction of an active sex addict …
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To Name is to Explain or Is It?

August 31st, 2013 | Posted by Michael Taleff in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

I sometimes notice substance abuse professionals who believe they understand addiction concepts and behaviors when, in fact, they don’t. One main reason for this false impression is that they have a profound belief that naming a particular behavior or concept, explains it. A more technical term for this naming problem is the phrase called the …
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Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8

August 13th, 2013 | Posted by Robert Ackerman in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

When you begin to feel beaten down it can lead to settling for less. In the face of problems we often lower the bar and no longer want the best for ourselves. However, we should remember that no one rises to low expectations.

Psychologist in private practice in Albany, Saranac Lake,  New York, is noted for her work in child welfare, mental health, and substance abuse. She has served as a consultant to organizations in preventative and clinical strategic planning. Dr. O'Gorman is a cofounder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and has held positions ranging from clinical director of child welfare agency to interim director of a crime victims organization to director of prevention for NIAAA. Dr. O'Gorman is author of The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power.

  I was a recent speaker at a “Theology on Tap” lecture. This speaker series takes place in the fun, relaxed setting of a local pub, and my topic, of course, was my latest book, The Resilient Woman. All was going well when I was asked, “Who are your models for resilience?” I had an …
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Why – Your Best Friend

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by Michael Taleff in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Make no mistake about it; one of your very best professional friends is the question – why. Perhaps the finest reason “why” is your best friend is that it doesn’t allow you to rest on your clinical findings, or clinical laurels if you will. It presses you to investigate clinical situations at a deeper level. …
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