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I Am Who I Am So Why Therapy?

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By Ann McKee Parker, Ph. D Many people come into therapy wary of its effectiveness because they believe “they are who they are” and therefore cannot change.  I always agree with them! So what are we able to change?  Our personalities are pretty well formed by adulthood and most of our behaviors are habitual responses. That is what therapy can help change: behavior.  We develop responses to our environment from an early age and if they are reinforced either positively or negatively we continue to use them.  What therapy can do is to assist us in changing our behavior, not who we are....

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The Words of Divorce: Change, Conflict, Contact, and

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By Kim Oppenheimer, Ph.D. Divorce is a process, not an event.  The phases of divorce involve emotional separation, which is always the first stage, followed by physical separation, the legal process, and perhaps another relationship.  The last three phases do not necessarily occur in predictable order.  The legal process may begin before physical separation, and a new relationship may start at any time.  The person who communicates his or her decision to divorce is psychologically and emotionally way ahead of the spouse who receives the bomb shell; even if all signs were present that the...

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When Can My Baby Spend the Night?

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Factors Affecting Successful Overnight Transitions in Young Children by Kim Oppenheimer, Ph.D. Atlanta Psych Consultants, LLC Determining when young children, defined as under 3 years of age, are capable of overnight visits with their non-residential parent is one of the most controversial areas in the child custody literature as psychologists and child development experts disagree as to the age and circumstances under which these children should spend the night away from their primary caretaker following separation and divorce. Given that more than one-third of children who experience...

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