The One-Two Punch of Sexual and Financial Betrayal

Destructive experiences stemming from sexual and financial betrayal are never too far from example. In a recently published article in The New York Times, “Divorce Funding Firms Help Spouses Expecting Big Payouts,” the details of a wife’s financial ruin brought on by her spouse’s chronic infidelity, addiction to pornography and gambling are detailed. This confluence, yet again, of sexual and financial betrayal…

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The Economics of Happiness

According to a newly released report the world’s richest 1% is likely to control half of the world’s wealth by 2016. This report, released by Oxfam, a 17-member international organization working in global collaboration to fight against world poverty, offered up this finding that was timed to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos,…

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Counseling Self-Injury and Eating Disorders in the Complex Trauma Client

From a clinician’s perspective, it would be gratuitous to say that an individual with “Borderline Personality Disorder” (BPD) engages in self-injurious and/or bulimic behavior. Further, the “borderline experience” is often beset with client reluctance, hostility, power struggles, and sporadic relapses in progress, reactive transference, and counter-transference. Since counter-transference addresses the therapist’s feelings toward a client…

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Wealth Addiction Is Never Having Enough

Wealth addicts prioritize work and material items over relationships, and their sole focus on generating more money can lead to involvement in risky investments and even an inability to pass up profitable illegal activities…

Reflections on a “Partner’s” Sexuality

Quite by accident, recently, I had the fortune to stumble upon a special on CNN about Adrianne Haslet-Davis. She was the woman who lost her left leg in an amputation as a result of the Boston Marathon bombing.  She was an award-winning ballroom dancer and by all accounts felt her “real self” only when she…

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