How Does Anger Management Work?
Anger management involves learning to recognize the signs you are becoming overly frustrated or angry and how to avoid expressing that anger inappropriately. Counseling or anger management classes can help you learn specific behavioral skills, as well as how to change your thought patterns to constructively cope with anger. Signs You Need Help Controlling Anger […]
What is Couples Therapy?
Couples therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which a therapist helps a romantically involved couple improve communication, resolve conflict, and strengthen their relationship. The therapy is effective for couples regardless of their marital status or sexual orientation. A couples therapist is often a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who is specially trained to […]
Individual and Group Therapy for Addiction
The nature of addiction, including the way it changes the brain, can make it challenging to overcome without help. A combination of psychotherapy, support group participation, and, in some cases, medication, have consistently yielded the highest long-term recovery rates. Most recovery treatment programs include both individual and group therapy sessions as the foundation of the […]
Psychodynamic Therapy and Psychodrama for Addiction Recovery
Our past experiences exert a powerful, often unconscious, influence on our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. In fact, psychoanalysts like Freud believed that the unconscious mind is the primary source of human behavior. Because addiction is strongly influenced by our unconscious beliefs, approaches that seek to reveal the unconscious mind, like psychodynamic therapy and psychodrama, […]
A Brief History of Al-Anon and Nar-Anon
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded in 1935 to enable members to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” By the 1950s, the 12-step support program pioneered by AA was popular worldwide. Because AA focuses only on alcohol, and not on drug use, James Patrick Kinnon, known as “Jimmy K,” founded Narcotics Anonymous (NA) in […]
Is Group Counseling Effective?
Many people wonder if group addiction counseling is as effective and efficient as a one-on-one with a professional. Here’s the breakdown: What is group counseling? Group counseling typically convenes up to ten people within the same session. A certified, professional leader—typically a therapist or counselor—will moderate the sessions. These sessions can range from delving into […]