Psychotherapy

Encore: PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted on August 3, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Encore: 1 out of 11 Americans will suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their lifetime. Does every trauma lead to PTSD? What treatments work best at reducing PTSD symptoms? Dick’s guest is Dr. Chad Wetterneck, a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety and posttraumatic stress […]

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Encore: Subtle Emotional Abuse

Posted on July 20, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Encore: What constitutes emotional abuse? What are the most common patterns of subtle emotional abuse? What is the healthy response for a victim of emotional abuse? Dick’s guest is Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, a sociologist, teacher, trainer, author and psychotherapist. Her areas of clinical expertise include personality disorders, the treatment of trauma, crisis intervention, and suicide risk […]

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Impostor Syndrome

Posted on April 27, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Impostor Syndrome (also known as Impostor Phenomenon) is the fear of not being the competent and capable person people believe you to be. How common is this phenomenon? Is there anything that be done to lessen this fear? Dick’s guest, Darald Hanusa, is Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the UW-Madison School of Social Work and a […]

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Suicide in America

Posted on March 16, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Why do people attempt suicide? How many are successful? What can we learn from those who survive an attempt? Is our culture causing high suicide rates? Dick’s guest, Jessica Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor at The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy. She developed a behavioral health screening protocol applicable […]

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Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

Posted on February 16, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Imagine choosing to live with a partner who is charming and charismatic yet you find yourself in a toxic relationship. This can happen if your partner has Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Dick’s guest Amber Ault is a Ph.D., MSW, clinical sociologist, teacher, trainer and author of The Five Step Exit: The Skills You Need to Leave a […]

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Treating Addiction: An Alternative to 12 Step Recovery Programs

Posted on December 8, 2021 by Liz Dederich

Dr. Michael Edelstein, Clinical Psychologist and Author of “Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.”, joins Dick to discuss what he sees as shortcomings with 12 step programs and what he feels is a better alternative.

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Eliminating Anger

Posted on October 13, 2021 by Liz Dederich

Anger is an emotion experienced by almost everyone and can lead to big trouble. Are we better off eliminating anger from our emotional repertoire? How is that possible to do? Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Edelstein is a long practicing psychotherapist and author of the award-winning book “Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.”

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Understanding and Treating Panic Attacks

Posted on September 1, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

Dick’s guest, psychotherapist and author of the award-winning book “Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking and Change Your Life” Dr. Michael Edelstein, shares his three minute therapy techniques to manage and overcome panic attacks. Bonus content: Dr. Edelstein also discusses his three minute therapy techniques for achieving happiness, overcoming social anxiety and dealing with depression.

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Encore: Personality Disorders

Posted on July 8, 2021 by Liz Dederich

What may the guilt-free criminal, the extreme narcissist and the functioning paranoid have in common? Dick’s guests, Dr. Jim McGloin and social worker Lesa Fischer, both of whom have 50 years of combined experience treating personality disorders, provide an outline to understanding this category of mental illness.

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Posted on June 23, 2021 by Liz Dederich

BPD is one of the toughest personality disorders to treat. What are the characteristics and treatments for BPD? Dick’s guest is clinical psychologist Dr. James McGloin, who has over 30 years of experience treating personality disorders.  

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Whites Counseling Blacks

Posted on May 26, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

Can a white psychotherapist effectively treat black clients? What are the more common errors or even microaggressions that may happen from a lack of cultural awareness? Dick’s guest is psychotherapist Donald Cooper.

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Adults Dealing with Toxic Parents

Posted on April 28, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

ENCORE PRESENTATION The pain of having a toxic parent doesn’t end when you grow up. What is a toxic parent? How can the adult child end or reduce the suffering a toxic parent can inflict? Dick’s guest, Lesa Fischer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Madison, Wisconsin.

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A Guide to Good Mental Health

Posted on February 17, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

Dick’s guest, therapist and author Faust Ruggerio, discusses the most important tips on achieving optimum mental health from his book “The Fix Yourself Handbook.”

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Narcissistic Collapse and Donald Trump

Posted on December 9, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

Dick’s guest, clinical psychologist who has specialized in personality disorders for over 40 years, Dr. Jim McGloin, discusses his thoughts and opinions on the behavior of Donald Trump post election. Heather Cox Richardson covers the political aspect of Trump’s behavior in her blog post December 21, 2020.

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Grief

Posted on December 2, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

How can you manage the pain of grief and how can you move through these traumas and losses with growth and understanding? Dick’s guest Edy Nathan,  psychologist and grief recovery expert, is the author of Grief: The Dance of Self-Discovery Through Trauma and Loss.

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Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Posted on November 18, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

Dick’s guest, Dr. Ken Robbins, adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and past Medical Director of Psychiatry at Mendota Mental Health Institute, explains what determines an outcome of not guilty by reason of insanity and what treatment follows.

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The Suicide Hotline

Posted on March 25, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

The number of suicides in America is growing dramatically and at the epicenter are the 24/7 suicide hotlines. How are those crisis calls handled? What can we learn to better help those around us who are in crisis? Dick’s guest is Hannah Flanagan, Director of Emergency Services at Journey Mental Health Center in Dane County, […]

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Cultural Competence in Counseling

Posted on March 11, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

Can white therapists competently counsel people of color? What steps do they have to take? What lessons do they need to learn? How can we all apply these lessons? Dick’s guests are Tanya Lettmen-Shue, Chief Clinical Officer and Hannah Flanagan, Clinical Director of Emergency Services and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Journey […]

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Fear

Posted on January 30, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

What is fear? What is the difference between rational fears, irrational fears and phobias? How can you overcome your fears to be more successful and fulfilled? Dick’s guest is Dr. Carla Manly, author of Joy from Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend.

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Treating Addicted Professionals

Posted on December 18, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

Lawyers and doctors, despite their high income and status, have higher rates of addiction than the general population. Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Miller is a psychiatrist and specialist in addiction medicine.

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Building Self Esteem

Posted on October 23, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

Self esteem and self confidence are different. At the core of mental health and enjoying life is being comfortable in your own skin, i.e. self acceptance and self esteem. Dick’s guest is Dr. Carla Manly, Ph.D. and author of several books related to self esteem and self acceptance.

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Porn Addiction

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

The overuse of pornography on the internet is wreaking havoc in some people’s lives and their marriages. Why do some people fall victim to porn addiction? What are the patterns of use and abuse? What can be done? Dick’s guest is Joshua Shea, a recovering porn and alcohol addict as well as an author, speaker […]

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Men’s Issues

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

Men are privileged but have their own psychological struggles. They live 5 years less than women and suicide 3 times more. What’s going on and how can men improve their mental health? Dick’s guest, Elaine Rosenberg is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who focuses on men’s issues in her private practice.

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Drug Use and Treatment in America Today

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

The life expectancy for Americans has gone down due to deaths from drug use and overdoses, killing more people than suicide or accidents. What are the recent changes in drug use and treatment? Dick’s guest is Dr. Michael Miller, a psychiatrist and past President and Board Chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine as […]

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Intervention

Posted on January 16, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

More than 20 million Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Yet less than 10% believe they need treatment. How can the other 90% be convinced they need help? Dick’s guest is Steve Bruno, a recovering addict himself who became a professional interventionist and has done over 500 interventions in the last 17 years.  

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Group Therapy

Posted on July 18, 2018 by Liz Dederich

What is group therapy? How does it work? When is it a better option than individual therapy? Dick’s guests are Jeff Hird and Sarah Kohlstedt, both staff psychologists with UW-Madison Mental Health Services.

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Adults Coping with Toxic Parents

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Liz Dederich

The pain of having a toxic parent doesn’t end when you grow up. What is a toxic parent? How can the adult child end or reduce the suffering a toxic parent can inflict? Dick’s guest, Lesa Fischer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Living with a Personality Disordered Partner

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Liz Dederich

Why do people choose such a troubled partner? How can they cope with the challenges in relationships with a partner who has a personality disorder? When is it best to get out? Dick’s guest, Dr. Jim McGloin, has over 30 years of experience in couples counseling.  

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Chronic Pain Control Using Your Mind

Posted on January 3, 2018 by Liz Dederich

Nearly 1/3 of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Most turn to pain medications, which can lead to unpleasant side effects and/or addiction. Strategies using your mind can be very effective at reducing the suffering that accompanies chronic pain. Dick’s guest is Dr. Tamar Kelson, Senior Psychologist at  University Health Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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PreMarital Counseling by Professionals

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Premarital counseling is often required by the clergy who will soon perform the ceremony. However, couples in premarital counseling by licensed therapists is growing. What questions are raised in professional premarital counseling? What are the red flags that suggest caution? Dick’s guest is Linda Lewis Griffith, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the author of […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Liz Dederich

When is it just being well-organized and when does it become dysfunctional and needs to be treated? What are the best treatment approaches  for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? How successful are they at treating OCD? Dick’s guest, Dr. Chad Wetterneck, is a licensed clinical psychologist at Rogers Behavioral Health and has published over 60 professional journal articles, […]

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PTSD: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Liz Dederich

1 out of 11 Americans will suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their lifetime. Does every trauma lead to PTSD? What treatments work best at reducing PTSD symptoms? Dick’s guest is Dr. Chad Wetterneck, a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety and posttraumatic stress […]

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Lessons from Couples Counseling

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Liz Dederich

In explaining how he helps couples, Dick Goldberg, LCSW and host of Insights, shares some of his methods in couples counseling that can help get past anger and move to “companionate” love. Guest host Amber Ault is a Ph.D., MSW, clinical sociologist, teacher, trainer, author of The Five Step Exit and previous guest of Insights.

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Ethical Dilemmas in Therapy

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Boundary and ethical dilemmas frequently arise during therapy. Is friendship or sex ever permissible when therapy ends? What should therapists do if they or their clients develop strong attractions during therapy? What if you have common friends, serve on the same committees or your clients want to barter for services? Dick’s guest, Dr. Frances Patterson, […]

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When Women Abuse Men

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Liz Dederich

It happens more often than expected. Why does it happen? How often is it actually physical vs. emotional abuse? Dick’s guest is Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, a sociologist, teacher, trainer, author and psychotherapist. Her areas of clinical expertise include personality disorders, the treatment of trauma, crisis intervention, and suicide risk assessment.  

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

Posted on March 22, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Does Trump’s behavior fit the pattern of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)? When does the self-centered, self-absorbed person qualify as a clinically defined narcissistic personality? Can a narcissist be “cured”? How do you live with one? Can psychotherapy actually change a narcissist into a caring and compassionate person? Dick’s guests, Dr. Jim McGloin and Lesa Fischer, have […]

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When Young Adults Lose a Parent

Posted on February 22, 2017 by TSC Admin

Young adults mature in different ways and at different ages than previous generations.  Losing a parent while in their twenties can have unexpected consequences. Dick’s guest, Lesa Fischer, a therapist based in Madison, Wisconsin, shares how this cohort is different than past generations and what she has learned from helping her clients deal with their loss […]

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Shame

Posted on September 16, 2015 by Liz Dederich

Everyone has some shame. It can diminish our happiness. How do we understand and better deal with our own sense of shame? Dick’s guest is Dr. Darald Hanusa, a University of Wisconsin-Madison lecturer, practitioner, trainer and expert in domestic violence.

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College Students’ Mental Health Today

Posted on January 14, 2015 by TSC Admin

Students enter college with more serious emotional problems than ever before. Why the uptick? How are college counseling centers dealing with this? Dr. Danielle Oakley, Director of UW Madison Counseling and Consultation Center and former Director of Mental Health Services of Colorado State is Dick’s guest.

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Coping with Stress Successfully

Posted on December 3, 2014 by TSC Admin

Why do some people cope better with stress than others? The right techniques can go a long way to reducing stress. Dick’s guest, Rob Sepich has helped more than 3,000 students over the last twenty years to better manage their stress through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Counseling Center and has presented over 1,000 workshops and […]

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Pedophilia: Myths, Realities and Treatments

Posted on July 31, 2014 by TSC Admin

Are adults who are sexually attracted to children a danger to society? Are present treatments and criminal penalties counter-productive? Can people be “cured” of pedophilia? Dick’s guest is Dr. Fred Berlin, founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorder Clinic.

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211: Call for Help

Posted on July 2, 2014 by TSC Admin

211 is nationwide, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is there to help with many of life’s problems that are not immediate emergencies. Dick’s guests are Burlie Williams, Director of 211 in Dane County, Wisconsin and her boss, Kathy Martinson, who shepherded this line from “First Call for Help” to being a part […]

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Therapist Misconduct

Posted on May 21, 2014 by TSC Admin

Occasionally a few therapists act inappropriately or unethically. They cross the line About 1% are disciplined. What types of misconduct happen? Are there personality patterns of these therapists that contribute to misconduct? Dick’s guest is Jack Zweig, an attorney who for 30 years prosecuted these cases for the state licensing agencies for psychiatrists, marriage and family counselors […]

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Impaired Physicians

Posted on December 26, 2013 by TSC Admin

About 10% of doctors struggle with addiction to alcohol and drugs at some point in their career. How does this affect their skills and their patients? What are the protocols to force them to get help? How likely are doctors to recover when they enter treatment? Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Miller is a board certified […]

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Exploring Narcissism

Posted on October 16, 2013 by TSC Admin

When does the self-centered, self-absorbed person qualify as a clinically defined narcissistic personality? Can a narcissist be “cured”? How do you live with one? Can psychotherapy actually change a narcissist into a caring and compassionate person? Dick’s guests, Dr. Jim McGloin and Lesa Fischer, have 50 years combined experience in working with personality disordered patients, […]

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Helping Others in Emotional Crisis

Posted on October 2, 2013 by TSC Admin

How do you help someone experiencing an emotional crisis, such as depression, alcohol abuse, an eating disorder or being suicidal? Dick’s guests, Cindy Johnson and Dan Muxfeld, talk about Mental Health First Aid, a program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The eight-hour, nationwide […]

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Suicide in America

Posted on April 20, 2013 by TSC Admin

How common is it, why do people do it and how can you help someone you think is at risk? Karen Stevenson, a clinician with 30 years experience working in emergency mental health is Dick’s guest.

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Learning Disabilities 101

Posted on March 25, 2013 by TSC Admin

What are learning disabilities? How common are they? How do they affect lives? Can they be successfully treated? Dick’s guests, psychologists Dr. Nira Scherz-Busch and Dr. Dennis Christoffersen, have over 50 years of combined experience helping their clients with learning disabilities navigate their lives.

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Loneliness

Posted on February 10, 2013 by TSC Admin

What really is it? Who is most vulnerable to suffer from it? When does it become a serious problem? What can be done about it? Dick’s guest, Dr. Jackson Rainer co-author of “Isolated and Alone: Therapeutic Interventions for Loneliness” helps us better understand this universal experience.

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The Psychology of Philanthropy

Posted on January 10, 2013 by TSC Admin

What motivates people to give away their money? Dick’s guest, Martha Taylor, Vice President at the University of Wisconsin Foundation, has written three books on philanthropy and compares women’s giving to men’s, rich to poor and young to old.

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Personality Disorders

Posted on December 15, 2012 by TSC Admin

What may the guilt-free criminal, the extreme narcissist and the functioning paranoid have in common? Dick’s guests, Dr. Jim McGloin and social worker Lesa Fischer, both of whom have 50 years of combined experience treating personality disorders, provide an outline to understanding this category of mental illness.

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Premarital Counseling

Posted on December 6, 2012 by TSC Admin

Why do it? Who should get it? How do marriage counselors work compared to clergy? Dr. Don Ferguson, author of “Reptiles in Love”, long term couples’ counselor and premarital workshop leader shares his knowledge and experience. For more information about Dr. Ferguson, please visit inrelationships.com

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Happiness: Using the Power of Positive Psychology

Posted on September 13, 2012 by TSC Admin

Learn proven techniques to enhance happiness and joy through the science of positive psychology with Dr. Lynn Johnson, lecturer, psychologist and author of “Enjoy Life! Healing with Happiness.” Dr. Johnson has thirty years  of experience in helping others. After receiving his Ph.D., he created a center devoted to brief psychotherapy, helping patients in the most […]

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Effective Couples Counseling

Posted on September 5, 2012 by TSC Admin

All couples have their struggles but when is help from a couples counselor in order? Dick explores what techniques effective counselors use and how to know if your counselor is right or wrong for you. Dick’s guest, Dr. Don Ferguson is the author of the book “Reptiles in Love” and has been counseling couples for […]

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Overeating: The Emotional Aspects

Posted on June 19, 2012 by TSC Admin

Clinical psychologist, Dr. Anna Flach, returns to address the underlying emotional triggers that for so many lead to eating too much food and using food as a drug.

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Eating Disorders

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What are eating disorders? How common are they? Who is susceptible? How are they treated? Dr. Anna Flach, who has treated over 3,000 eating disorder patients and published in this area, shares her knowledge and experience.

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Stress Management

Posted on March 14, 2012 by TSC Admin

We all have stress. Some is toxic and some is healthy. Author, expert and lecturer Patricia Clason returns to help us learn to react to stress in a healthier way. For more information about this topic or Patricia Clason, please visit http://www.patriciaclason.com/

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Does Psychotherapy Work?

Posted on February 1, 2012 by TSC Admin

How do you pick the right therapist? What psychotherapeutic techniques are most effective? Should you take drugs and skip psychotherapy? Author and expert in this area Dr. Bruce Wampold answers these questions.

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Men Who Batter

Posted on November 28, 2011 by TSC Admin

Why do some men resort to physical violence with their partner? Why do women pick these guys and why do they stay with them? What stops this domestic violence and can men be “cured”? Dick’s guest, Dr. Darald Hanusa is a Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) in Clinical Social Work and is licensed in the State of […]

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