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Anxiety Qualifies for Medical Marijuana Now

Finally, diagnostic Anxiety qualifies for medical marijuana use. Why finally? Because it should have been one of the first and most obvious of cannabis’ medical uses. Anxiety is as common in our society as Depression, and significantly less successfu...
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Life Isn’t Easy, or Fair: Idealization Tortures Us Thinking It Should Be

I never imagined myself a perfectionist. But in the psychoanalytic lexicon, we are more apt to use the term Ideal, or Idealization. We can get a glimpse of our own brand of idealization right underneath statements like “Life should be fair”, “life sh...
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I Feel Crazy, And It Is Trump’s Fault

Trump is making lots of us feel crazy. But if you grew up in a messed up family, with a crazy person anywhere near the helm, Trump’s daily lunacy is particularly disturbing. Falling Apart My friends and I have been falling apart left and right the ...
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Calling Republicans of Conscience to Speak Up Now, If You Exist

You can’t all be bad. Or at a minimum you cant be only bad. We walk in the same streets with you. You are in our families. You have been our friends. You have families you love, jobs you care about, communities and churches you invest time and energy...

Are My Parents Disappointed in Me?

Even as adults, we can worry if our parents are disappointed in us. We all seek basic parental approval which can be tough to get if our parents had a very specific image of who they hoped we would be. Sometimes the things we are most proud of in our...
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Do I Need to Hate My Parents to Get Better?

Some folks fear they are going to be asked to hate their parents by their therapist. In a world where we agree it is good to move on, let go of the past, and live in the present, it can seem contradictory that therapists as interested in our childhoo...

Philadelphia Psychotherapy Practice Will Match You with a Therapist

Philadelphia psychotherapy practice Full Living specializes in making thoughtful matches between clients and skilled experienced therapists in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Finding a therapist is a daunting task. Besides identifying a therapist w...
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Therapist Client Relationship

Therapist client relationship begins best with a good match. A skilled clinician can find ways to connect to all of their clients. But a therapist client match based on personality and style can greatly improve both the early work of therapy and the ...
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Finding a Therapist

  Finding a therapist can be daunting. Unless you are a therapist yourself it is hard to know what to look for in a therapist, in terms of their training, education and approach. Even if you know the kind of therapy you are interested in, how...
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Therapist Credentials, Education, Training and Approach

Therapist credentials, education, training and approach to the work of psychotherapy vary widely in the field. Full Living director Karen L Smith offers information about her background and approach to therapy. Her work is analytically oriented psych...