Fighting the Stigma of Therapy

One of my jobs as a therapist is to make sure that whoever walks into my office for the first time feels safe and comfortable. One way I often do this, is through humor.  Here is a common exchange I engage in if they are new to therapy:   Therapist: So… is this your first…

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Combating Shame

We often hear the words “guilt” and “shame” used synonymously. But when we look at the underlying meanings, there are some important differences to notice. Guilt is defined as a feeling that often follows when we have done something against our moral conviction, usually in the form of “I did something bad.” It often serves…

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