September 20th, 2016 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Abuse | Addiction | Addiction & Recovery - (Comments Off on Codependency)

     When I first realized I was a codependent, one of the things that I began to understand was that I lived my life playing the victim.  Everything was always happening TO me, people were always doing harm to me, and I was completely innocent, and the list could go on forever.  I victimized myself, …
Read more

Dealing with Potentially Violent Clients

July 25th, 2016 | Posted by Rob Weiss in Abuse | Counselor Education | Policy | Therapy | Workplace Issues - (Comments Off on Dealing with Potentially Violent Clients)

Identifiable Risk Factors After multiple instances of mass violence in the past year (Dallas, Orlando, San Bernardino, Colorado Springs, and Charleston, to name but a few), the ability to identify and treat individuals who are predisposed to violent behaviors is more vital than ever. Unfortunately, even mental health professionals are not very good at predicting …
Read more

Silently Abused: Understanding Covert Incest

July 11th, 2016 | Posted by Rob Weiss in Abuse | Addiction | Family Issues | Parenting | Relationships | Sex Addiction - (Comments Off on Silently Abused: Understanding Covert Incest)

“Covert incest occurs when a child becomes the object of a parent’s affection, love, passion, and preoccupation. … The boundary between caring love and incestuous love is crossed when the relationship with the child exists to meet the needs of the parent rather than those of the child. … The child feels used and trapped; …
Read more

Are Your Girly Thoughts Blaming Lady Gaga for Being Raped?

March 4th, 2016 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Abuse | Girly Thoughts | Trauma | Women's Issues - (Comments Off on Are Your Girly Thoughts Blaming Lady Gaga for Being Raped?)

Lady Gaga made news yet again, this time by publicly sharing during the Oscars that she was raped at age 19. Yes, she set off shock waves around the world, not just because she shared something so intimate, but because she challenged each of us to consider how we talk about rape in our own …
Read more

Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Transformational and Recovery Coach.  She is the author of “The Law of the Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery” and the creator of wake up recovery.  She is the go to expert on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky and media expert on …
Read more

The Dawning of Spring: New Life, Hard Choices

March 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Tom Greaney in Abuse | Addiction | Weekly Reflections & Guidance - (Comments Off on The Dawning of Spring: New Life, Hard Choices)

The longer I’ve lived the more clear it has become that life calls us to make hard choices. The key for me has been to be blessed with the recognition of an issue, whether minor or monumental, that calls for my attention and the subsequent courage to react to it with an appropriate, healthy response. …
Read more