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Addictions Counseling in Philadelphia.  Self help articles about anorexia, bulimia, over eating, gambling addiction, sex addiction, porn addiction and codependency. 

Below you will find all the articles written on this topic.


Owning Your Porn Problem

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

Porn is a sexual tool that many people utilize.  However, while some have a healthy relationship with pornography, others develop obsessive and destructive tendencies with porn.  Some people would…


Confronting Lying in Recovery

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

In your drug and alcohol addiction you likely engaged in lying to everyone on a regular basis.  You likely engaged in lying so frequently that lying is now a…


Food Journal

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

How to Keep a Food Journal for People Struggling with Binge and Over-Eating: Anyone who has ever kept a personal journal or diary knows how therapeutic it can be to…


Underlying Issues of Addiction

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Drug and alcohol recovery often includes addressing underlying issues of addiction. Do you know what the underlying issues are that contributed to your drug and alcohol addiction?  Underlying issues are…


Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction: Negative Thoughts and Emotions

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction involves learning to manage problematic thinking.  This tip will specifically focus on negative thoughts and how they are tied to negative emotions. You may…


Managing Problematic Thinking

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Managing your problematic/persuasive thinking is a big part of drug and alcohol recovery.  Whether it’s rationalizations or thoughts persuading you to use, they need to be managed as part of…


Managing Your Drug and Alcohol Cravings and Triggers

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Learning to understand and manage your cravings and triggers is an essential part of your drug and alcohol recovery. While 12 step meetings and your sponsor are very helpful…


Addiction Therapists Work

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Once you finished your drug and alcohol addiction treatment program, you were probably more than ready to move on with your life.  You have likely been attending 12 step…


Identifying and Managing Your Emotions

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Depression, anxiety, shame and guilt are emotions that nobody likes to experience. Unfortunately, when you are in drug and alcohol recovery, especially early on, these emotions are often present…


Create Emotional Independence by Responding Versus Reacting

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

How many times have you walked away from an argument feeling worked up, overwhelmed, or defeated? Part of the challenge may be that you are too emotionally fused or codependent…


5 Steps to Mindful Eating

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Mindful Eating

Food is not only a way to nourish your body, but has also become a way to socialize, cope, and entertain. Society has placed more attention on what…


How to Create Emotional Independence Through Language

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

If you have ever wondered how you can create emotional independence through language, then you are in the right place.

 

There’s no “I” in “team!” Many of us may be familiar…


Emotional Independence: A Solution to Codependence

Posted by: Tonya McDaniel, ABD, MEd in Human Sexuality, MSW, LSW

Did you know a solution to emotional reactivity, emotional fusion or codependence is emotional independence? But what exactly is emotional independence?

When people struggle with asserting their needs and desires within…


How to Reduce Your Porn Use

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

            Pornography is a sexual tool that has its flaws and benefits.  Regardless of its nuanced nature, there can be numerous, legitimate reasons why you would want to reduce your…


When Porn Becomes a Problem

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA, Melvin Tillman, MA

            Sex is a natural behavior that can feel great, relieve stress, and strengthen relationships.  However, like most subjects, it can have negative consequences.  Porn is no different.  Sexual attitudes…


Codependent Relationships

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

“You complete me,” Jerry Maguire says desperately to a teary-eyed Dorothy in the movie “Jerry Maguire.” She looks at him longingly as she accepts his apology and his proposal for…


Negative Self Talk

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk is often formed through our experiences with others, especially during childhood, who have subconsciously embedded thoughts in our minds throughout our life. Often times as an adult…


Your First Anxiety and Depression Support Group

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What to Expect in Your First Anxiety Depression Support Group at The Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia :

    In the beginning of the Anxiety and Depression group…


Codependency: Thought Patterns

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever given your all to a relationship, sacrificing your own beliefs, feelings, and needs to benefit another? You may be struggling with codependency.  Codependency develops from childhood schemas…


Identifying Toxic Thought Patterns

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Identifying Toxic Thought Patterns: There are certain fundamental needs in childhood, such as safety, attention, love, praise, empathy, guidance, and protection. When these needs are unmet, toxic thought patterns, or schemas…


Anxiety and Drug Use

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Anxiety and Drug Use: Whether or not you have a predisposition to anxiety, it is important to understand how drug use plays a part in your mind and body connection. This…


Why People Occassionally Cheat

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Why People Occasionally Cheat

Have you ever wondered why people occasionally cheat in their relationships?  What could possibly be their motivation and how could they violate the delicate thread of trust? …


Jealousy in Open Relationships

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Jealousy is an obstacle faced in most relationships, monogamous and not. Sometimes jealousy arises because our relationship agreements have been broken or exploited. In these times, jealousy tells us “I’m…


Understanding You and Your Partner’s Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever become so frustrated with you partner that you say to yourself, “I just don’t understand him/her”, “What were they thinking”, and “What could possibly be their motivation…


Understanding Past Relationships

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Understanding past relationships: Getting back into dating and relationships can be a fun, but anxiety provoking time. Perhaps your dating experience hasn't been that great. Or your past relationships have been…


Exploring Your Communication Style

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you had people tell you that you’re being “too aggressive” or do you feel like, at times, you tend to get taken advantage of? Or, maybe there have been…


Financial Secrets in a Relationship

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Financial Secrets in a Relationship

How much do you know about your partner’s financial status? How much does your partner know about yours? Are there things that you don’t tell him…


Space for Emotional Availability

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Space for Emotional Availability

There are two kinds of “space” one has in this world. The space that a person has in their own head, and the space that a person…


An Insecure Partner

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

An Insecure Partner: Ever wonder why your partner has been so insecure lately? Or when the going gets tough, your partner gets going? If this sounds familiar your partner may be…


Partners Who Cheat

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Partners Who Cheat With Married Individuals: This tip will focus on understanding partners who are in committed relationships, but who cheat with married individuals. This comes in wake of the


Cheaters: Who And Why

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Cheaters: Who Are They and Why Do They Do It?

Why do people cheat?  There are many reasons that people cheat.  You may hear people say that we as humans…


Communicate without Anxiety

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

You have an idea that you want to communicate differently, but it can be difficult to make the behavioral changes necessary to put the new idea to work. Do not…


Couple’s Sculpting Exercise

Posted by: Libby Gilbertson, ABD, MEd, LMFT, Director of Quality Assurance

Are you and your partner in need of a check up for a better understanding about the status of your relationship? We…


What Should Your New Year’s Resolution Be?

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What Should Your New Year’s Resolution Be?

Before you make your standard New Year’s resolution to go to the gym at least three times a week, think about what you truly…


Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Have you ever wondered why some people have such a difficult time sustaining close, personal relationships while others seem to do so with relative ease?

How we manage the balance between…


High Sex Drive Or Sexual Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Difference Between Sexual Addiction and High Sex Drive: A Fine Line

 

Many couples seek sex therapy because of mismatched sexual desires, sex habits, skills and needs. Common complaints are:

  • My…

Does Your Partner Have A Sexual Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Quiz: Does Your Partner Have A Sexual Addiction?

If you answer "yes" to a majority of these questions, then there is a strong possibility your partner has a sex addiction.

  • Does…

Beating Low Self-Esteem

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Many people in Philadelphia suffer from low self-esteem. Low self-esteem is characterized by having a generally poor opinion of yourself, and negatively judging yourself and your value as a person…


Do I Have A Sexual Addiction?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Quiz: Do I Have A Sexual Addiction? 

These questions prompt you to question your sexual behavior habits. If you answer "yes" to a majority of them, consider seeking sexual addiction counseling with…


Therapy For Sexual Addiction

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

There is Help: Therapy For Sexual Addiction Do you find that you have conflicting feelings about giving up your sexual addiction? Your sexual desires and behaviors have likely been a source…


Parenting—An Overview

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

When you think of your parenting role, what immediately comes to mind?  More than likely, your thoughts turn to surviving the day (and/or getting the jelly bean out of your…


The Importance of Reciprocal Relationships

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

The Importance of Reciprocal Relationships

While most of us would agree on the importance of reciprocal relationships, we don’t consciously think about this idea of reciprocity when it comes to friendships…


Decoding Emotions

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Decoding your emotions 

For many of us, dealing with our emotions is something we avoid. Or, we simply act on our emotions, without knowing the underlying reason for our actions. To decode your emotions means to slow down the entire emotion/thought/act…


Ambivalent Attachment

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Ambivalent attachment

Do you struggle to trust your partner? Do you need constant reassurance from s/he that s/he will be there for you long-term? Are you overly sensitive to his/her actions…


Key actions to take when discussing money

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Discussing money and finances with your partner is often a very sensitive issue. Conversations around income, spending/budgeting, and debt, etc. can be awkward and uncomfortable to discuss in detail with…


Redirecting Your Negative and Anxious Thoughts

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

How to change your thoughts: Steps for redirecting your negative and anxious thoughts 

Have you ever found yourself so consumed with negative, or anxious thoughts that you can’t focus or do anything else…


How Do I Get The Most Out Of Couples Counseling?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How Do I Get The Most Out Of Couples Counseling? (Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling & Sex Therapy in Philadelphia)

How do I get the most out of couples counseling? Making the decision…


How to become more present

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

How to become more present in your life. 

Do you find yourself often consumed in your thoughts and day to day worries? Do you find yourself talking on the…


Sex Addiction and Shame

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Sex addiction and shame 

When it comes to sex addiction, shame plays a significant role. Shame is a primary drive and trigger in sex addiction, from having shame and guilt for…


Narcissism: The concerns and pitfalls

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Narcissism: The concerns and pitfalls 

We have all been in contact with a narcissist. Whether you’ve been around a person who insists on being the center of the attention, or…


What it means to be your authentic self

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What it means to be your authentic self 

 

Authentic self means:

Being your true authentic self means what you say in life aligns with what your actions. Your authentic self goes beyond…


Healthy Narcissism

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Healthy Narcissism 

The concept of healthy narcissism isn’t often talked about or even encouraged. When narcissism is discussed, it tends to be painted as something negative. You hear stories of narcissists…


Finding Your Authentic Self Exercise

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Finding Your Authentic Self Exercise 

When you hear the phrase “authentic self,” do find yourself questioning exactly what authentic self even means? Your authentic self is who you truly are as…


Curbing the Mastrubation Habit at the Office

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Cubing the masturbation habit at the office Have you ever masturbated at the office? Are you concerned that you cannot stop mastrubatin at the office? Do you worry that you might…


Dating Vs. Porn Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Dating VS Porn Addiction: For many people, using porn is a component of their overall dating behavior and repertoire.  For some, however, that relationship with porn turns into an addiction and these…


Obstacles and Coping Skills for Sexual Addiction

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Obstacles and Coping Skills for Sexual Addiction: the first step when recovering from a sexual addiction is to stop the sexually compulsive behavior. This step may seem simple enough, however…


Sex Addiction Recovery

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Sex addiction recovery: The first step in recovering from a sex addiction starts with you! True recovery means becoming honest with oneself. One must acknowledge ones own problems.

In the beginning…


Understanding Sex Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What is a sex addiction? Sex addictions are best understood as a form of an intimacy disorder. Addicts typically experience compulsive sexual thoughts and/or actions. For example, sex addicts compulsively…


Body Image Basics

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Body Image Basics

 

While some men may indeed suffer with body image issues, this tip is specifically written for women.  Imagine a continuum with extremes at either end:

Anorexia nervosa or…


Perfectionism

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Perfectionism: We all have a need to feel accepted, believe we belong and are valued for who we are.  But oftentimes this universal human need gets distorted, becoming a deep source…


Discovering Motivation to Change

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Discovering Motivation to Change: Do you have a bad habit that you want to change? Do you find that no matter what you try, you keep falling back into the same…


The Strong Black Woman in Relationships

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

When we think about the Strong Black Woman, one of the struggles that plagues this badge of honor is the idea of balancing strength and vulnerability in life and relationships…


Different Ways To Handle A Sex Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Sex addiction treatment in Philadelphia.  267-324-9564

The first step when recovering from a sexual addiction is to stop the sexually compulsive behavior. This step may seem simple enough, however willpower alone…


Understanding the Role Your Family of Origin has in the way you Resolve Conflict with a Partner

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: This genogram tip is designed for individuals in relationships who want to explore their family of origin as one way to learn more about their role in…


Challenging Your Cognitive Distortions

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Social Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: A major component of social anxiety is thinking others are judging or testing you, thinking you will embarrass yourself, thinking you are inadequate compared to the…


Eating Disorders & Sexual Trauma

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Most of the tips on sexual trauma and eating disorders can be found at:

http://www.sextherapyinphiladelphia.com/eating-disorders-and-sexual-trauma

to schedule an appointment with an eating disorder therapy / sex therapist call 267-324-9564


End of Relationship Anger

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Anger Management in Philadelphia: End of Relationship Anger!  Has your relationship or marriage ended and do you find yourself feeling really angry?  Anger is a very normal emotion to feel…


End of Relationship Depression

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

One of the first emotions people think about when a relationship ends is sadness.  A loss has occurred and most people expect to feel sad for a short period of…


Mirror checking and the Traps for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Therapy in Philadelphia: Mirror checking and the traps for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Mirror checking is a common ritual performed by people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Close to ninety percent…


What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a severe preoccupation with one or more aspects of one’s appearance. People with body dysmorphic…


Women and Body Image Exercise

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Body Image Therapy in Philadelphia: Women and Body Image: How to Restructure Your Thinking by Nurturing your body 

When it comes to our own perception of our body image, many people tend…


The Self Esteem Workout

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Self Esteem Therapy in Philadelphia: Increasing confidence and self esteem. 

Self esteem is a measure of how favorable you rate your abilities and value as a…


What is Self-Esteem?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Self-Esteem Therapy in Philadelphia: What is Self-Esteem? 

Self-esteem is a broad psychological concept that is used to as a measurement of how highly a person rates their…


What is Codependency?

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Center for Growth / Codependency Therapy in Philadelphia:  Codependency 

This tip is to provide you with the typical characteristics of people who struggle with codependency, a brief history of the term…


Poor Body Image and Thought Records

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Center for Growth / Body Image Therapy in Philadelphia: Completing a Thought Record to Address Poor Body Image

It is common for individuals living in Philadelphia to struggle with self-confidence about their…


What Does It Mean To Be Diagnosed With Borderline Personality Disorder.

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia:

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a subcategory of general Personality Disorders. A personality disorder is a…


5 Ways to Fix Communication With Your Partner Today

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Center for Growth / Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia: 5 ways to improve communication with your partner TODAY.

Have you recently felt like you and your partner constantly argue…


How is a Personality Disorder Diagnosed? And What Does That Mean?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Personality Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia

Our personality is a collection of unique behaviors, character traits, beliefs, and attitudes that make up who we are as a person. …


Re-framing the Concept of Boundaries

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Boundaries: Re-framing the concept

The term boundaries means the limits you set with others based on what you feel most comfortable with; this can be physically, emotionally,intellectually, sexually, the list goes…


Psychotherapy and Family History

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Psychotherapy and Family History

Many individuals decide to attend psychotherapy for a number of reasons: anxiety, depression, sexual and emotional affairs, divorce, sexual abuse, physical abuse, conflicts in family or at…


The Addictive Family System

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Center for Growth / Addiction Recovery in Philadelphia:  The Addictive Family SystemGrowing up a part of a family, it’s easy to believe that how you are raised and what you…


Family Roles: In the Addictive System

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Center for Growth / Addiction Therapy in Philadelphia: Family Roles

In an addictive family system, it is common for the disease to become the central focus within the system. Often all of…


Letting Go of Expectations

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Opening Yourself Up to More by Letting Go of Expectations

Do you find yourself often disappointed when things don’t go your way? Do you find yourself constantly disappointed by friends…


Examples of Blame-Free Communication

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Center for Growth: Couples Counseling / Marriage Therapy in Philadelphia

Examples of Blame-Free Communication

It is common for individuals in Philadelphia to avoid discussing conflict, especially when it involves expressing emotions…


Assertive, Aggressive, and Non-Assertive Communication Styles

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Do you feel like you‘re too passive with voicing your needs? Do you get frustrated and feel angry when trying to get people to do what you want? Have you…


New Relationship and Facebook

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Managing a New Relationship in the Land of Facebook

So you began dating someone new, and you’re just a few weeks in and it’s going really well, but then he/she sends…


Blaming and Codependency

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

How to avoid blaming when expressing your emotions or reality to friend/partner/coworker, etc

Do you ever struggle to get your point across? Do you find yourself in conflict with a…


How to Write Your Own Positive Affirmations

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

The use of affirmations can be a powerful tool in generating positive change in your life. The definition of an affirmation is to declare that something is true. Really all…


Quick Boundary Tips

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Once you have Identified Your Boundaries, you are ready to share them with others and express your feelings about the relationship and your boundaries


Having a conversation to assert your boundaries.

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

After identifying that you have a boundary that has been crossed it is essential to express your new needs to others. This tip is designed to help…


Identifying Your Boundaries

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Boundaries are “guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify for him- or herself that are reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around him…


What are Boundaries?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

One of the most challenging, emotional, and stressful tasks within relationships is setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries.  However, most people don’t realize this until their boundaries have been crossed and…


Automatic Negative Thoughts and Core Beliefs

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Automatic negative thoughts and core beliefs are the two main roots of anxiety and depression.  People who suffer from anxiety and depression, usually have a maladaptive thought process that…


Evaluating Coping Skills

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

This tip is designed to help you answer a few questions about using coping skills for anxiety and depression. So, in order to begin a discussion about coping skills and…


Sleep and Binge Eating

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Sleep and Binge Eating: 

In the U.S., the prevalence of obesity across the board—men, women, all age groups, income levels and ethnicities—is quickly increasing. Sixty-five…


Anorexia And The Perfectionist Personality

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anorexia Treatment in Philadelphia: anorexia and the perfectionist personality.

Many people who have anorexia would describe themselves as perfectionists, and many people trying to recover from anorexia will tell you…


7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real. The concept of change is an essential aspect of what it means to be human, whether it is our own personal goal for…


Finding Motivation To Change

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Therapy in Philadelphia: Finding motivation to change: Do you have a bad habit that you want to change? Do you find that no matter what you try, you keep falling back…


How to care for yourself after a breakup

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How To Care For Yourself After A Break-Up All relationship break-ups are difficult; whether you are the one who initiated the ending or the one who was left behind. …


Internet Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Internet Addiction is just that. It is an addiction to the Internet

Signs of an Internet addiction: 

* More time with online friends than with real friends* Online friends know sides of…


Gambling addiction recovery tips Philly

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Gambling addiction recovery tips philly

* Acknowledge to yourself that you have a problem.* Tell someone that you have a problem. Ideally this would be a friend or family member. If…


Gambling Addicts frequently also suffer from

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Gambling addicts frequently also suffer from . . . People who suffer from a gambling addiction may also have, or have experienced,

Anxiety Disorders: Gambling can cause a person to develop…


Benefits of Group Therapy for Eating Disorders

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Support groups can deepen one’s understanding of an issue through the process of group interaction. In a support group participants will interact with peers who are struggling with similar concerns…


What Stage Of The Problem Are You In?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What stage of the problem are you in? 

Pre-contemplation (what stage of the problem)

You do not believe that there is an actual problem. Thus, you are not ready to consider…


Common Patterns in Women’s Groups for Emotional Eating

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What are common patterns in women’s groups for emotional eating? * Feeling that one is too needy.* A need to be liked by everyone.* A need to put other people primary.*…


personality characteristics and issues of females with binge eating disorder

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Common personality characteristics and issues of females with binge eating disorder?

* Feeling sad, lonely or depressed* Interpersonal problems, which can be thought of as difficulty getting along with others*…


Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

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What is Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)? An eating disorder not otherwised specified was created for symptoms that do readily fit into the standard category of anorexia or bulimia…


Tips for Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Tips for Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder1) Make sure you are seeing a primary care doctor that you are comfortable with.  Ask your PCP to arrange for blood work to…


Common Patterns of People with Binge Eating Disorder

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Common patterns of people with Binge Eating Disorder

* Low self esteem* All or nothing thinking* Perfectionism      …


Social Gambling VS Gambling Addiction

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Social Gambling VS Gambling Addiction

Gambling becomes an addiction as opposed to a social behavior when it feels out of control. Addicted gamblers experience a loss of control. Typically, gambling addictions…


The Four Phases of Gambling

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The four phases of gambling

The Winning Phase: (four phases of gambling) Gamblers experience many wins. During this phase, they feel a rush.  Typically, they are excited and have unreasonable optimism that…


Are you a gambling addict

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Gambling Addict Quiz - Are You A Gambling Addict? 

* Have you spent more time gambling than planned?* Do you sometimes gamble by yourself as opposed to only doing so…


Helping a Friend Overcome Bulimia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

           Helping a friend, family member or significant other overcome bulimia /  Remember Bulimia is difficult to detect

Signs of Bulimia Nervosa often include, but are…


Strategies for Parents of Children with an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Parenting Help in Philadelphia: Strategies for parents of children with an eating disorder to help them recover 38 Strategies for parents of children with an eating disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia, or binging or…


How common is Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How common is Bulimia Nervosa? Bulimia affects 1% to 4% of the population.    It is more common than Anorexia but usually more difficult for friends and family…


Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa

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Bulimia Nervosa Treatment in Philadelphia: Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa 

* Repeated episodes of binging; A PERSON CONSUMES an unusually large AMOUNT OF FOOD WITHIN a RELATIVELY short period of time…


The Deceptive Behaviors of Anorexia

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Therapy in Philadelphia: The Deceptive Behaviors of Anorexia - remember these behaviors are not acceptable but they are part of the illness.  Separate the illness from how you love the…


A Doctors Visit for Bulimia Nervosa Typically Includes

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Center for Growth / Bulimia Nervosa Treatment in Philadelphia

A doctors visit for bulimia nervosa typically includes:  

* A complete blood count and a study of Electrolytes*  A Electrocardiogram* Thyroid studies*…


Tips for Recovering from Bulimia Nervosa

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Tips For Recovering From Bulimia Nervosa: Twenty Two Tips on How to Recover from Bulimia Nervosa and Questions to Ask Yourself

* Write information about your binges.  Write the time, place, and…


Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders

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Center for Growth / Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders 

Suggestions for the professional who is working with cilents who are suffering from Bulimia Nervosa and / or


Anorexia and Substance Abuse

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Anorexia and substance abuse treatment in Philadelphia.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE occurs in (12-18%) of Anorexics. However, most Anorexic patients with a Substance Abuse problem are in the Binging/Purging subtype not the Restricting…


Anorexia in Adolescents

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Anorexia in Adolescents / Therapy in Philadelphia

Ideally, adolescence is about the process of developing a healthy independence from parents, adjusting to the physical changes of puberty, and developing a personal…


Anxiety Disorders and Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

People struggling with Bulimia Nervosa frequently also experience an anxiety disorder. Typically this manifests as an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, simple phobia or even PTSD.  

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Unlike Obsessive-Compulsive…


Medical Complications Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

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Medical Complications Associated with Bulimia Nervosa: remember always talk to your medical doctor if you or someone in your care has Bulimia Nervosa.  Make sure the doctor is informed about…


Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Bulimia Nervosa is a Psychological disorder characterized by preoccupation with body image and binge eating followed by some type of purging (e.g. laxative abuse, vomiting) in an attempt to compensate…


Bulimia Nervosa and Substance Abuse

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Twenty percent to thirty-seven percent of women with Bulimia also have a problem with Substance Abuse. Twenty two percent of women with Bulimia have a problem with Alcohol Abuse. 

Many…


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER: Approximately one-third to one fifth of people suffering from anorexia are diagnosed with an obsessive-compulsive disorder.  (Similarly, people struggling with the different addictions, gambling addiction, sex addiction, d/a addiction also…


Common Patterns of People with Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Common tendencies of people with Bulimia Nervosa:

* Irritability* Low self esteem ( self esteem workout)* A self critical nature* Impulsivity* Difficulty managing stress* Anxiety* Difficulty with intimate relationships*


Compensatory Behaviors used in Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The most common Compensatory behaviors (not including excessive exercise) used in Bulimia Nervosa are (in order of most prevalent to least prevalent)

* Self-induced vomiting* Laxative abuse* A combination of Laxative…


Personality Disorders and Anorexia

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Therapy in Philadelphia / Personality Disorders and Anorexia

Personality disorders are Patterns of behavior that are pervasive, pathological, and persistent.  The behaviors present by late adolescence or early adulthood. Personality Disorders Commonly…


Personality Disorders Commonly Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

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Personality Disorders Commonly Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER (personality disorders commonly associated with bulimia nervosa): As described earlier People with this personality avoid situations due to their social…


Personality Traits Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

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Personality Traits Associated with Bulimia Nervosa

*  High reward dependence:  People with high reward dependence tend to be compassionate and social.  They can be sensitive, intuitive, and empathetic to the…


Recovering from Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recovering From Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder

My Doctor states that I am overweight. Will I gain or lose weight in recovery?   During the process of recovering from Bulimia…


Strategies for supporting a person recovering from an Eating Disorder

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Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia 

Strategies For Supporting A Person Recovering from an Eating Disorder

* Ask them how they are feeling today* Ask them how their job/school is going* Ask them…


Helping a Child Gain Positive Attention

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Center for Growth / Parenting Strategies in Philadelphia - helping a child gain positive attention while recovering from an addiction . . . 

Negative Attention  The eating disorder (or any other…


Treatment Options for Adults with Anorexia

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Treatment options for Adults with Anorexia

* Day treatment* Inpatient* IOP* Outpatient (such as the Center for Growth)

The Maudsley method is only indicated for adolescents (usually 18 or younger) who have had the…


Common Communication Problems for People With Anorexia

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Center for Growth / Anorexia Recovery in Philadelphia: Common Communication Problems. 

In recovery from Anorexia, clients are encouraged to learn healthier ways to communicate their thoughts and feelings.  This…


Suggestions for People With Anorexia and Depression

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Center for Growth / Anorexia and Depression Therapy in Philadelphia

Suggestions for people with Anorexia and Depression

* Seek professional help from a person experienced in the field of eating disorders and…


Supporting a Child in Treatment for Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

To address the child's anxiety:

Listen with compassion

* Ask if you can give them a hug or hold their hand* Help them identify their sources of stress outside of the eating…


Temperamental Traits Associated With Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Is there a certain personality profile associated with people who are Anorexic? Yes there is.

* Low novelty seeking:  This indicates that a person does not have a desire to seek…


Treatment for Anorexia in Adolescence

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recommendations for treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in AdolescenceIf your child is under 18 and has had the Eating Disorder of Anorexia for less than three years than I would highly…


Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa -what to expect: Treatment of the client with Anorexia usually requires close attention to medical, psychiatric, and nutritional components of the disease.  If someone has…


In the Mind of Someone With Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

In the mind of someone with anorexia: people with Anorexia often report the illness give them an identity, a sense of pride, and a feeling that they are unique… …


Anorexia and the Doctor

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Anorexia And The Doctor

The doctor’s visit the doctor is an essential part of the treatment team with Anorexia.  This doctor may…


Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anorexia Nervosa: Is a psychological disorder characterized by an obsession to be thin and a distorted body image that drives people to be medically underweight.

Criteria Used in Making a…


Males with Anorexia Nervosa

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Center for Growth / Anorexia Therapy in Philadelphia

Males with Anorexia Nervosa:  Approximately 5 % to 10 % of people with Anorexia are male.  Unfortunately, there is currently not a…


Medical Doctors and Anorexia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anorexia Treatment in Philadelphia: Medical Doctors and Anorexia why is seeing a medical doctor so important with Anorexia?  Seeing a medical doctor is extremely important in the treatment of a…


When You Give Too Much

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

                              Codependency Therapy In Philadelphia

When You Give Too Much - Helping Individuals Regain Equality in Their…


Will I Gain or Lose Weight in Recovery

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

My Doctor states that I am overweight. Will I gain or lose weight in recovery? During the process of recovering from Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder some people lose…


Will This Relationship Last

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Will this relationship last? Relationship and Marital Problems: The answer is simple, it all depends upon how determined each individual is to make the relationship work. If two people want…


Personality Profiles Associated With Anorexia

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The Personality Profiles often associated with Anorexia Nervosa

While Anorexia Nervosa can affect anyone, eighty percent of all people suffering from Anorexia Nervosa are females between the ages of 1…


Critical Weight

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Critical Weight what does critical weight mean? Critical weight is the minimum weight a person needs to be for their body to maintain a minimal level of health.  Critical weight…


Eating Disorder Voice

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia - The Eating Disorder Voice The Eating Disorder voice verbally abuses people with Anorexia.  They can become extremely nervous when they do not know their exact…


Entering Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Feelings about entering therapy for Anorexia Nervosa while there are some exceptions, usually the client suffering from Anorexia do not want to give up their eating disorder. People suffering from this…


Speaking Up

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Speaking Up: men and women have been equal in modern America for several decades. They can work the same jobs, take the same roles in military and politics, and they…


Spiritual Connection

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Spiritual Connection: one of the primary benefits of pursuing a spiritual path is the feeling of ‘connectedness’ that often follows as a result. Human beings are innately social creatures. We…


Spirituality As My Moral Compass

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Spirituality As My Moral Compass: morality is the set of standards by which we deem something, particularly conduct or behavior, good or bad. Morals, our personal principles in regard to…


Improving Relationships

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Couples Counseling / Marriage Therapy in Philadelphia

Improving Relationships - Requires Taking Action depending on the severity of the imbalance in your relationship, you may want to seek help from a…


Ways to Improve Self Esteem

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Self-Esteem Therapy Philadelphia

Ways to improve self esteem: Each day take a few minutes and tell yourself that you are important. Remind yourself that no one is perfect. Everyone is a…


Sexual Addiction

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Sexual Addiction Therapy in Philadelphia

What is a sexual addiction? We believe sexual addictions are best understood as a form of an intimacy disorder. Addicts typically experience compulsive sexual actions and…


Signs and Symptoms of Giving Too Much

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Signs and Symptoms of Giving Too Much: a power imbalance in a relationship does not mean that your partner is being overly demanding or abusive! When a relationship goes from…


Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in Philadelphia

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Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in Philadelphia / Center for growth

WHAT IS TREATMENT LIKE FOR ANOREXIA NERVOSA?  Treatment of the client with Anorexia usually requires close attention to medical, psychiatric, and…


Is it Low Self Esteem

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Is it low self-esteem? Therapy in Philadelphia: How to recognize and come to terms with low self- esteem when a poor self-concept is the root of your problems.

Everybody has bad…


Knowing When Its More Than Worry

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth / Anxiety and Panic Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia - Knowing When It’s More Than Worry We all feel nervous sometimes – before speaking in public, when getting ready to invite…


Letting Go On Your Own Terms

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia - Personal honor rituals - Letting Go On Your Own Terms: losing someone you love is heartbreaking. Grieving is a challenge, grieving well is even harder…


Coping with a passive aggressive partner

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recognize and Deal with a Passive Aggressive Partner - Learning to Read Between the Lines

How women can recognize and deal with a passive aggressive partner: While not everyone can say exactly…


Positive Thinking

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Positive Thinking to Counteract Low Self Esteem

Looking Up - How to use positive thinking to counteract low self-esteem - Low self-esteem is an emotional epidemic in modern America. Every year…


Positive Thinking Techniques

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: Postive Thinking Techniques

* Before you can use positive thinking, you must learn to recognize negative thinking, and that can take a little work. We live in…


Practicing Fair Fighting

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Practicing Fair Fighting Techniques

Step one:

* After listening to your partner’s position, summarize what she said. In your summary, withhold your perspective. To help you do a better summary, start off…


Protecting yourself from your partners anxiety

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Center for Growth - Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia - Protecting Yourself from Your Partner’s Anxiety - Having a loved one with anxiety is not easy. Living with that loved one can…


Reasons Spouses Cheat

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Reasons Spouses Cheat she cheated and broke your heart. Or maybe you’re the one who cheated and broke hers. WHY do husbands and wives cheat? And why don’t they just…


Replacing Triggers

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia - Replacing Triggers: Focusing on Anti-Anxiety Alerts Anxiety triggers are key circumstances that engage the anxiety response. Some people may find that crowds trigger their anxiety. Others…


Risk Factors for Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What are the Risk Factors for Anorexia Nervosa: While anyone can develop this disorder, certain people are more likely than others to suffer from it.  Here are some of the…


Image Collage

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

The Image Collage Technique, developed for the self help website Therapy in Philadelphia A common trait of those who suffer with anxiety is low self esteem and a…


Keeping a Spiritual Journal

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Keeping a Spiritual Journal Whether you’re just beginning your spiritual journey or have been on your current path for twenty years or more, keeping a spiritual journal is a wonderful…


Letting Go Of Your Perfectionism

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Work On Letting Go Of Your Perfectionism: working hard on letting go of your perfectionism does not mean letting go of your hard work to accomplish things, rather it means…


Losing Weight

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Losing Weight 

The exact amount of calories a person needs to consume a day depends upon personal data such as age, height, activity level, muscle mass…


How To Speak Up

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How to Speak Up / How to Regain the Equality in Your Relationship – A Guide for Men Addressing the Problem: All healthy relationships involve sacrifice and give-and-take, but sometimes…


Hidden Hostility

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Hidden Hostility - Uncovering Passive Aggression passive aggression is characterized by procrastination, an inability to say no, insecurity, being covertly obstructive to unwanted people or ideas…


Understanding the Addicted Brain

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Drug Addiction Treatment in Philly: It’s All In Your Head: Understanding the Addicted Brain Drugs and alcohol interfere with the exchange of information in your brain, producing changes that promote…


Determining if your Relationship is Worth Saving

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Determining if Your Relationship is Worth Saving?: to determine if your relationship is worth saving ask yourself the following questions:

* Do you like your partner?* Do you like your partner’s…


Recognize and Respond to an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Recognize and respond to an eating disorder: Beyond Health, Beyond Beauty in today’s world, you can barely go anywhere or do anything without having a certain body-image ideal brought to…


Extramarital Affair

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Extramarital Affair Counseling / Therapy: have you or your partner had an extramarital affair? If so, you are not alone. In the majority of long-term relationships, at least one person…


Fear of Infidelity

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Fear of Infidelity: every couple, at some point, faces the fear of infidelity. No matter how strong the relationship, each of us has grappled with the green-eyed…


Couples and Money

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia / Couples & Money (for people with shared bank accounts) Now that you are married or in a long-term relationship, your significant other’s style of spending can…


Creating Positive Affirmations

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia : Creating positive affirmation: negative self-talk is a common underlying theme behind clinical anxiety and its symptoms. Those who suffer from anxiety often circulate destructive, negative thought…


Do I Have an Eating Disorder

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Eating Disorder Treatment / Do I have an eating disorder? Do you feel uncomfortable with the way you look? Do you obsess with weight and numbers, calories, and exercise. Do you…


Breaking the Habit of Giving Too Much

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Breaking the habit of giving too much depending on the severity of the imbalance in your relationship, and your partner’s level of willingness to work with you, you may want…


Admiring People with an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Myth: I should admire people who ignore their hunger False

Food is fuel and each person’s body needs food to nourish their body. People who do not “give in…


Changing All or Nothing Thinking

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Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia: Changing All or Nothing Thinking

How do I change ‘all or nothing thinking’? to change all or nothing thinking, start by identifying when you are thinking in all or…


Perfectionist

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Perfectionist: perfectionism is more than just setting high standards and working hard to achieve goals. Perfectionism is the idea that if something is not perfect or ideal, than it is…


Dieting and Weight Loss Quiz

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How accurate are your perceptions about dieting and weight loss? Take the Dieting and Weight Loss Quiz to find out.

1) Dieting is good True or False

2) If you want to…


Processing Emotions

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Processing emotions: once you identify what you are feeling, try to find a way to process it. Below is a list of action oriented suggestions for how to do this.


Eating Disorder Feeling List

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Treatment Help

Eating disorder feeling list: observe and recognize your feelings. Learn to build a vocabulary for your feelings.

Are You Feeling? Sad   Disappointed   Defeated   Frustrated  …


Emotional Eating

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Emotional eating: like all types of disordered eating, emotional eating is more common among women than men… It is estimated that 75% of overeating is due to emotional stress. Emotional…


Emotional Eating Quiz

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Emotional Eating Quiz: to determine if you are an emotional eater, ask yourself the following questions

* 1) Do you eat food instead of processing negative or overwhelming emotions?* 2)…


Exercise

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Healthy types of exercise. Ideal for people who are elderly, suffer from chronic pain, or are recovering from an illness or an eating disorder.

What type of exercise should I be…


All or Nothing Thinking

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia:

"All or Nothing Thinking" "All or nothing thinking" is commonly referred to as “black and white thinking.” This type of thinking is unrealistic, and limiting. "All or nothing thinking" limits a person’s ability to…


Amount of Fat You Should Consume to Lose Weight

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Amount of fat you should consume if you are trying to lose weight: 25% to 30% of your calories should come from fat. Without enough fat the body has difficulty…


Body Mass Index (BMI)

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Therapy in Philadelphia: Body Mass Index (BMI) The formula for BMI is used to determine whether someone is within a healthy weight range. Remember that BMI is a good general guide, but…


Addiction Treatment in Philadelphia

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

At the Center for Growth we work with many people suffering from addictions.  Addictions come in all sizes, shapes and forms. Some people are addicted to food, while others are addicted…


When to End a Relationship

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

When to End a Relationship - Is your relationship worth saving? While most people will have an opinion about whether you and your partner should stay together, ultimately, the answer…