Examining the Client/Therapist Relationship

Just where are the boundaries between therapist and client? What can you expect your therapist to divulge about himself and his view on the world? This is often one of the confusing aspects of therapy for many clients. Irvin Yalom has been an advocate of having a less rigid approach to therapy in certain cases, though…

Podcast: Codependency No More

This session includes a discussion with distinguished guest, Dr. Nicholas Jenner, a counseling psychologist who offers online therapy on a global basis. Dr. Jenner has an impressive resume, but more importantly a sincere passion for helping people get free from the restraints of negative thinking, including codependency. I found it very easy to talk to…

Codependency: Setting Healthy Boundaries

I deal with many co-dependent people on a daily basis and one factor that is extremely common is the inability to set healthy boundaries.  Codependent people experience emotional abuse in relationships because they are basically not able to form firm boundaries and allow others to take down those that they have. They are not usually…

Choosing To Be Happy

There are many things that determine our lives for better or worse. Parents play a huge role of course, our environment, influences, relationships and peers also play a part . Out of this melting pot comes a mixture that either leaves us happy, depressed, seeking constant perfectionism or leading an unfulfilled life doing things that we…

The Narcissist/Codependent Continuum: Why We Attract The People We Do

There is a mass of literature available on narcissism and codependency and a quick search on the internet will reveal hundreds of websites. It has become very fashionable to label and kind of self-centered behavior as narcissism and the “victim” as codependent. While there are truly many cases of this kind of emotional abuse, one…

Podcast: Codependency No More

This session includes a discussion with distinguished guest, Dr. Nicholas Jenner, a counseling psychologist who offers online therapy on a global basis. Dr. Jenner has an impressive resume, but more importantly a sincere passion for helping people get free from the restraints of negative thinking, including codependency. I found it very easy to talk to…

Challenging Irrational Thoughts In Therapy

Many people who turn to therapists for recovery have a stereotyped imagination of what they can expect from the experience. Many have the image of a Freudian like character sitting in a leather chair, saying nothing and occasionally coming out with some masterpiece of intellect that brings realisation. While it can be said that this…

How Therapy Can Help Codependency Issues

At the heart of this process is a willingness to work on oneself and to accept that co-dependency is an issue in relationships. This means accepting responsibility for change and not passing that responsibility (or blame) onto others. It takes courage to look at and assess early life experiences and learn new skills that will help deal with early…

When The Child Within Becomes The Parent Within

The powerful experience that is inner child therapy often opens doors that have been closed for many years. This process brings understanding of what was, bringing clarity to what is and can be. Being in contact with our inner child who has been abused is especially hard due mainly to the coping mechanisms and survival…

The Three Stages of Narcissist Relationships : A Roller-Coaster Ride

Narcissists are the proverbial Jekyll and Hyde characters, one way one moment, one way the next. A roller-coaster ride for anyone involved with them. When we become involved in a new relationship, a need to bond and connect with others is usually the main reason, leading hopefully to love. However, narcissists have their own reasons…