The Role of Fathers in Raising Children

Years ago, the standard family dynamic was that the mother stayed home and raised the children while the father went to work and earned the paycheck. Fathers were usually not hands-on when it came to taking care of the children, with that responsibility left to the mothers. As more and more women began to join

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The Nurturing Father

The Nurturing Father

Family Therapy Sterling, VA In my work as a therapist, I have had the privilege to work with and know many fathers who are engaged in their children’s lives and in nurturing them to become emotionally healthy individuals. In a culture that often portrays dads as either insensitive, bumbling fools or angry, vigilante protectors, it can

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Anxiety is Real and So Are Solutions

The rates of mental health related issues are skyrocketing. Never have we known such fragile states of mental health as we do right now. Particularly in children and young adults. It is now estimated that the level of mental stress teenage girls live with is equivalent to what would put a grown woman in a

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The Folly of Emotional Reasoning

The Folly of Emotional Reasoning

Individual Therapy Sterling, VA Today’s post is another in my series on cognitive distortions — problematic ways of thinking that can lead unhealthy self-talk and to problems in interpersonal relationships. You can catch up on my previous posts on cognitive distortions (mind-reading, personalization, black or white thinking, negative filtering) if you’ve missed those in the

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The Emotional Impacts of Filing for Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy can be an emotional event, in addition to resulting in a hit to a person’s self esteem. Sense of self, worth and identity are frequently tied to a person’s financial status. Filing for bankruptcy can diminish someone’s confidence and even make them question their ability to handle money properly in the future.

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