Do You See What I See? Identifying Dysfunction in the Family System

In “Fabled Truths and Family Lies,” published in The Meadows’ Meadowlark Summer 2010 newsletter, I wrote about a client’s experience with childhood sexual and emotional abuse, her skewed self-doubt, and her perceptions surrounding that abuse in her family-of-origin. Specifically, I addressed the challenges that arose for Leah* as she confronted her family’s collusion and denial…

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Financial Porn

On financially transmitted diseases: Derivatives are like sex. It’s not who we’re sleeping with, it’s who they’re sleeping with that’s the problem. – Warren Buffett In an age of round-the-clock news dispatches akin to heard it before it even happened, it’s any wonder that those affixed to their personal electronic BFF can appreciate what life was like…

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The Price of Love: Sex, Money and Addiction

Debra L. Kaplan, M.A., LAC, LISAC, CMAT, CSAT-S Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. at Westward Look Resort, Tucson, Arizona A couple’s relational currency may speak to what they each value; yet unspoken dynamics often drive their relating. The value of sex and money are two constants in relationship that create negative and…

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Would You Marry Yourself or Someone Like You?

  The act of recovery means living life on life’s terms. At times this means disappointing ourselves and/or another. Recovery demands that we be willing do this in order to live a healthy and fulfilled life. Meeting the demands of life is a formidable if not herculean challenge for many of us. More difficult yet,…

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Stop Talking Guns and Start Talking Mental Illness

  I am a clinician who treats complex post traumatic stress and traumatic foundations of sex addiction.  So, I know mental illness when I see it and apparently, many in society are blind to the obvious fact that gun control and econmic crises are not the only crises that merit immediate attention. In a society that is becoming habituated…

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