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How can I be more open and less fearful of my spouse in marriage counseling?

How can I be more open and less fearful of my spouse in marriage counseling?

Marriage Counseling: Try to share your feelings in the session, tell your spouse and your counselor that this is very hard for you and that you are freightened. You will defeat the purpose of your being in therapy unless you can be forthcoming and this is an essential ability to maintain a close relationship. It is often very hard and you may also consider individual therapy for yourself to help. Best. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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I think I have a problem with my marriage. Is it a good idea to see marriage counselor? Thanks.

I think I have a problem with my marriage. Is it a good idea to see marriage counselor? Thanks.

Yes: Yes, a marriage counselor may be able to help. However, it would be even better, if you both can agree to see the marriage counselor, individually and/or together. The counselor may be able to see the underlying issue that is causing problems and help you straighten them out. ...Read more

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Is technology addiction a real thing? Is it a real condition? Can counseling be given on that..??

Is technology addiction a real thing? Is it a real condition? Can counseling be given on that..??

Divided: Experts are divided on this question. However, regardless if any compulsive behavior is leading to distress and/or dysfunction, and you are not able to get a handle on it yourself in a reasonable period of time, or if there are urgent problems which can't wait, seek evaluation. Counseling can definitely help with "technology addiction", and in some cases medications may be useful. ...Read more

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Is counseling effective in treating internet addiction?

Is counseling effective in treating internet addiction?

Some could be: Internet addiction takes many faces and is becoming more common. It can be internet porn, cybersex, internet gaming & gambling, compulsive web surfing, etc. If you're using this to modulate mood and are doing it more than you intend, you may well have an addiction similar to use of a substance. Some types of counseling may be helpful. Here is a resource: http://www.Netaddiction.Com/. ...Read more

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What will the phrase "one day at a time" mean in addiction counseling?

What will the phrase "one day at a time" mean in addiction counseling?

One day at a time: One day at a time is a phrase that means a person with an addiction needs to focus on the present moment. Addiction leads a person to worry too much about what has happened in the past or what will happen in the future, and you can't change or control the past or future. But you do have the ability to make changes and good decisions in the present. Focus on the here and now. Live in the moment. ...Read more

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What's individualized vs group counseling for addiction?

What's individualized vs group  counseling for addiction?

2 parts of treatment: Counseling may be provided on a one to one basis (individual) or in a group. Most of the time, both kinds of counseling are necessary for successful treatment of substance abuse or dependence. ...Read more

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W/out meds how can addiction be beat. CBT, docs, counseling?Why do some say you can w/out meds and others say you need meds? All tell me something dif

W/out meds how can addiction be beat. CBT, docs, counseling?Why do some say you can w/out meds and others say you need meds? All tell me something dif

What is the addictio: You probably wish there was a clear answer but there is not. Everyone's needs are different. It also will initially depend on what you are addicted to and whether you will need meds during withdrawal. Beating Ian addiction is very difficult and most who are successful are involved in some sort of counseling and/or support group. However, some need meds to help their moods during this process ...Read more

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Marriage issues. No sex or intimacy in 8 years. Her needs are met, mine aren't. She refuses counseling. I don't want divorce bc of kids but can't take?

Marriage issues. No sex or intimacy in 8 years. Her needs are met, mine aren't. She refuses counseling. I don't want divorce bc of kids but can't take?

Marriage trouble: How do you know her needs are met? There are many marriage counselors out there, and one of the best is Mort Fertel. He has been through an extraordinary stress of multiple deaths of children, and drew on his life experience to help others. Start with his newsletter. He'll take you through it step by step, especially with a spouse who refuses counseling, doesn't think it's necessary, google him ...Read more

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Can psychiatrists do counseling and treat sex addiction?

Can psychiatrists do counseling and treat sex addiction?

Some: There are doctoral level clinical psychologists and some psychiatrists who specialise in the treatment of sexual addictions. Often times psychiatrists evaluate and prescribe medications and psychologists often provide counseling. ...Read more

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Once i finish my masters in psych, will my aggravated dui felony inhibit me from gaining employment in drug and alcohol addiction counseling?

Once i finish my masters in psych, will my aggravated dui felony inhibit me from gaining employment in drug and alcohol addiction counseling?

Hopefully not: As dr. Front mentioned, licensing laws vary from state to state. It's not unusual for professionals in addiction counseling to have had personal issues with addiction so employers in this field are unlikely to hold it against you. Congratulations on putting this behind you & training to help others! i advise you to learn about the physiological aspects of addiction as well. See my comment:. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Counseling (Definition)

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, ...Read more