An excellent op-ed on depression and political events. Really outstanding statement as to role of therapists ……………….
Affording a therapist and finding the right therapist — it is rare: wisdom, empathy and kindness cannot be taught — they are the first obstacles to overcome. Then you might have to find the right and affordable psychiatrist, who will help you make an informed decision about whether to take psychiatric drugs that will or will not help, perhaps even saving your life.
“Why is America So Depressed?” NEW YORK TIMES (January 3, 2020). https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/opinion/depression-america-trump.html
One very common and difficult issue in couples counseling is when the couple disagrees on treatment options for their mentally ill or addicted child.
Therapy helps find a middle ground that they can agree upon and work toto support each other. So they feel less alone with this struggle.
THE FAMILY THERAPY CENTER OF MCLEAN http://www.virginiacounselling.com/
This is a good article on infidelity. It’s conclusion, surprisingly, is that infidelity by either partner or both, is not necessarily the end of the road. Here’s some thoughts from this New York Times piece from earlier this month …………
“The good news is, depending upon what caused one partner to wander and how determined a couple is to remain together, infidelity need not result in divorce …. But short of irreversible incompatibility or physical or emotional abuse, with professional counseling and a mutual willingness to preserve the marriage, therapists maintain that couples stand a good chance of overcoming the trauma of infidelity and avoiding what is often the more painful trauma of divorce.”
“The Hard Road Back From Infidelity.” New York Times (Jan. 28, 2018 )
Served 8 years as a gubernatorial appointee on the Board of the Virginia Board of Counseling. This is the licensing and regulatory agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia for licensed professional counselors. A great experience. But now glad to avoid the traffic on I95.
Political differences can easily strain family and couple relationships. Any differences between people can trigger desires to convince the other to ‘see it my way!’ Convincing, however, is less effective, and more likely to create relationship rifts, than simply sharing perspectives.Some people have more ability to allow others to be different. This ability takes patience. It takes willingness to give the other person the benefit of the doubt. This ability also rests on ability to keep your emotions in the calm zone. My best advice is to channel discussions into other directions. It’s more important to keep a good relationship than win an argument.
“Politics and Relationships.” Psychology Today (2016).