Controlling/Abusive Relationships Part II: How to Help Someone You Know by Jamie Edwards, LCSW

With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I thought a good follow-up to my last blog – “The Basis for Abusive Relationships: Control” – would be to write about what you can do if you know someone in such a relationship. Here are seven tips that can help. Open up the conversation. It is threatening […]

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The Basis for Abusive Relationships: Control Written by Jamie Edwards, LCSW

When discussing relationships, I find that people are very cautious about using the word abuse. However, when I replace the word with controlling, all of a sudden discussion flows freely. When we uncover the base of an abusive relationship, we find that one partner has almost all the control and the other partner has very little. Below is […]

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On Happiness and Well-Being by Laura Novak, LCSW, CADC

In daily life, and particularly in therapy, people question how they can increase their level of happiness. Sometimes their life has an undercurrent of discontentment and they are not entirely sure what is missing. Some are unrealistic about human emotion (perhaps unconsciously thinking certain emotions – anger, sadness, fear, etc – are bad) or, some are also missing what is […]

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