What is Financial Therapy?

I recently spoke to a reporter at the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Albrecht called and wanted to interview for an article about Financial Therapy and specifically to learn how a financial therapist works. “What exactly is Financial Therapy?” she asked. That began a long conversation about what Financial Therapy is and is not. The short…

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Love Is The Drug: Sex & Relationship Addiction

I am often asked, “What exactly is sex and love addiction?” Or, “How can a person have too much sex or love too much?” To answer the question what is sex and love addiction, we might first begin with the question, “What is addiction?” According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is, “A primary,…

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Teaching Children Healthy Money Habits

In another recent article published on, author Barri Segal contacted me to contribute my thoughts posted here:   Psychotherapist Debra L. Kaplan said one of the greatest changes to an adolescent’s life is their new and growing relationship to money and spending. And parents must teach children limits on any behavior, including access to credit cards,…

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Debt: The Silent Partner in Your Relationship

For couples who seek help for conflicts regarding sex and money, undisclosed debt in a relationship might be the silent partner in the therapy session. I recently had the pleasure to contribute to this article published by Barri Segal on   “Millennials are the most likely debtors Debra L. Kaplan is an Arizona-based psychotherapist who…

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Power Dynamics and Management of Thirds: Avoiding Triangulation in Therapy

Couple therapy is challenging, and some clinicians find it too intimidating to attempt. They worry, for example, that a misattuned observation could alienate not just one but both partners. There are also potential issues involving tact, timing of interventions, and poor management of session structure. Enter PACT. What is PACT? The Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT) draws on…

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