The Unspoken Rule of Don’t Talk

The Unspoken Rule of Don’t Talk It may seem obvious that the way to combat the unspoken rule of Don’t Talk would be to talk.  That’s a good starting point but it is certainly not the end. Here are some guidelines you may find helpful: Talk about the tough stuff Don’t sweep anything under the rug Talk directly to one …

Couples Therapist

We are excited to announce couples therapist Jesse Macbeth, MFT to Brynn Cicippio, LMFT & Associates! Jesse Macbeth is a marriage and family therapist who is a Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Therapist. He works with couples that struggle with pain and shock of infidelity, with the unwanted emotions of shared grief, and with the bittersweet transition of empty nesting. He is also successful …

Unspoken family rules

The unspoken family rules of addiction Did you know Dr. Claudia Blackhas researched and identified three simple, yet oh so powerful, rules that govern addicted families? These rules can help addiction fester and grow in all families. They can be powerful beyond measure. And they can also be easily changed. DON’T TALK DON’T TRUST  DON’T FEEL Here are some questions …

Bill supports addiction treatment

On October 3rd, the Senate passed H.R. 6, which is a bill that supports addiction treatment. What this means: Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act or the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act This bill makes several changes to state Medicaid programs to address opioid and substance use disorders. Specifically, the bill: …

National Recovery Month

Did you know that September is National Recovery Month? National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in …

The Partner’s Recovery Retreat

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE PARTNER’S RECOVERY RETREAT: WHO: For adult men and women that are in a romantic relationship with someone who is actively using or in the early stages of recovery WHAT: A one day intensive therapeutic retreat addressing trust, shame, self-care, and recovery plans WHERE: The Old Mill House in Perkiomenville, PA. This is a private location right on the …

Supporting yourself

Supporting Yourself When your partner is in active addiction or early recovery, supporting yourself can sometimes take a back seat. Check out The Partner’s Recovery Plan: A free FIVE STEP GUIDE to restoring your sanity, saving your mind, and possibly saving your relationship too! Tips include ways to build your support network, find time for yourself, and know what you are …

Purpose of boundaries

Purpose of Boundaries What’s the purpose of boundaries? – maintain balance Boundaries, emotional or physical, can help maintain balance and stability.  When you know your limits, and you share this with others, it promotes give and take.  One side is not doing all the taking or all the giving.  Boundaries support even exchange. – decrease stress By knowing your limits …

Preparing for another Nor’easter

Preparing for another Nor’easter Do we really need to start preparing for ANOTHER Nor’Easter? What do you need to do today to keep yourself safe during this next storm? Did your old “snow storm tradition” include stocking up on alcohol? Staying in bed for 36 hours? What can you stock up on today to keep yourself healthy? What is most …

Boundaries

Boundaries defined Boundaries.  How often do you hear the phrase “healthy boundaries?” What exactly does this mean? Who determines the boundary? Does the word boundary sound too harsh or safe or scary? They’re always showing up in my practice – who has them, who doesn’t, and what expectations are attached to them. Let’s look at what makes up boundaries, what …