PSYCHVINE

Category: Adult Children

During Kimberly’s second session (which appears in blogs labeled Session 2, Session 2.5, and Session 2.75), she endorsed a goal of learning to communicate more effectively with her boyfriend, Ray. She expressed ambivalence about another goal—looking at how her thinking may be causing her to feel excessive anger. Many people with anger problems demonstrate reluctance to accept responsibility for their behavior. However, Dr. Smelt was not entirely sure about the nature of Kimberly’s anger and where it may be coming…

In the previous session, Dr. Smelt discussed a few of the essential premises that underlie cognitive behavioral approaches to therapy. She also collaborated with Kimberly in coming up with a couple of goals for getting therapy started. “Good morning, Kimberly. How are you today? Have you had a chance to think about the goals we discussed last week?” Dr. Smelt asks. “Yes,” Kimberly replies, “in fact I had a situation last weekend that really got me mad that I’d like…

Dr. Patricia Smelt is a clinical psychologist. Actually, she’s fictional, and represents a composite of Dr. Laura Smith and Dr. Charles Elliott (clever, eh?). We decided to make Dr. Smelt female for no particularly good reason although a majority of new psychologists nowadays are, in fact, female. Dr. Smelt has had a total of 25 years of clinical experience and has special expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy. She is well respected in the mental health community and has written a…

At the beginning of the 6th grade school year, Stevie was interested in the latest video game, sports, and playing outside in his neighborhood. Stevie convinced his parents that he didn’t need daycare after school this year. He said that he could easily spend two hours hanging out with his friends, getting started on his homework, and making his own snack. Stevie had always been responsible, so his parents agreed. And they could use the extra money they used to…

It started out innocently enough. Nora’s baby was asleep and her husband was working. She was bored and surfing the internet. She started a search for a meet-up group of mothers with babies. Nora recently moved to a new city and she didn’t have any friends. As she scrolled through the possible groups, she happened to notice a few meet-up sites for finding friends. She clicked on one called FindingNetFriends, and was surprised to discover the purpose of the site…

Police, social workers, and medical personnel who work with domestic violence victims frequently feel frustrated when they see abused victims return to their toxic relationships over and over again. Families and friends of abused victims can’t understand how someone they care about could possibly repeatedly make the same horrible decision. So just exactly why do people return to toxic, abusive relationships? There are actually a number of reasons such as: Feeling helpless and hopeless: Abusers almost always go after their…

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