Gypsy’s Story – Grief in the Family

By Lavinia Ball-Marian, MA, LPC Eleven years ago we decided to adopt a pet. We went to the Humane Society and looked at dogs; of course we came home with one. We picked the one that was kind of shy but did not leave our side while we hung out with her. Her given name was Star but we decided to name her Gypsy - our dog found wandering on the streets of New Mexico. The Humane Society did not know much about this dog, but it did not take long to figure out that she had terrible separation anx...
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The Language of Behavior

By Lesley S. Cunningham, MA, LPC Do you ever wonder “why” someone does something, especially when it makes little sense to you? Why did my son intentionally break a figurine that I loved? Why did my daughter wear the skirt she knows I hate to my birthday dinner? Why did my partner look down when I asked him where he had been? Baby Talk There are whole divisions of behavioral science dedicated to understanding the various ways we speak without using our voices: eye movement, jaw tension, s...
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Research on the Effects of Marijuana

By Peter Lear, MSW, LCSW, RYT Cannabis is becoming decriminalized and legalized in an increasing number of states and this trend will only continue. As marijuana gains even greater mainstream acceptance, it is likely that more young people will try, experiment with, and regularly use cannabis. Some will abuse it and others will become addicted. Pro-marijuana groups in particular claim that marijuana is not addictive. Dr. Leslie L. Iverson, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Cambri...
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Married But Feeling Single?

by Jaime Davila, MA, LPC, NCC You might be wondering what I mean by my title, or perhaps you already know what I am alluding to. For those of you who aren’t sure, I am speaking of the emotional distance that sneaks into our intimate relationships. Relationship expert John Gottman, Ph.D., reports that emotional distance is one of the key issues that leads to separation and in some cases infidelity. Relationships are complicated arrangements that can seem simple on the surface. Add in the busy...
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