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Feelings 101

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

Emotions can be hard for some to identify, express, listen to, or manage. Whichever your difficulty with emotions, sometimes it is helpful to have a refresher on feelings.  

This tip…


Knowing When to Date Again

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

 

After some deliberation, you made the conscious effort to stay single for some time.  Specifically, you decided to take a break from pursuing a committed relationship. Perhaps you found…


Benefits of Twelve Step Meetings

Posted by: Richard (Rick) Snyderman, Richard (Rick) Snyderman, LPC, CADC, CSAT, NCC

Benefits of Twelve-Step Meetings: A Twelve-step meeting such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Gambling Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous and many others are designed to be a support group…


Resolving Shame

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

What exactly is shame?  Shame is the feeling that results from how we negatively judge ourselves about an action we did. Actions that create shame are ones that we want…


Musical Emotional Awareness

Posted by: Jaclyn Jacobs, Jaclyn Jacobs, MS, CRC, FELLOW

Creating Emotional Awareness Through Music

Sometimes it can be difficult to be in touch with your own emotions. This can be a frustrating experience that may lead you to feeling…


Resume CV of Rick Richard Brian Snyderman PC, CADC, CSAT, NCC

Posted by: Richard (Rick) Snyderman, Richard (Rick) Snyderman, LPC, CADC, CSAT, NCC

"Rick" Richard Brian Snyderman, 

Experience

NOVEMBER 2018 TO PRESENT

Therapist / The Center for Growth 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Provide outpatient therapy services to individuals, couples…

Symptoms of Grief

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

We use the terms "grief" or "grieving" as if there is one standard definition, and that can be a problem to most grievers. Often, the words evoke feelings of sadness…


Overcoming Negativity Bias

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

Overcoming negativity bias is far more complicated than most people imagine. Though we often split the world into optimists and pessimists, the reality is our brains are hypervigilant to threats…


Postpartum 101 with a Rainbow for Babyloss Moms

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

Not every woman who has experienced babyloss wants to have another child, but many women do decide to try to conceive again. Though this path can be fraught with anxiety…


Babyloss Grieving Rituals

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

There are no adequate words to describe the pain of the loss of a child. When you lose a baby early in pregnancy, or due to termination or stillbirth, you…


Rubber Band Grieving

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

In Part One of this two-part series, I introduced you to two broad coping styles that I've noticed in adolescents facing the loss of a brother or sister. Since these…


Grieving and Coping

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

It's been said that the intensity of your grief is equal to the intensity of your love. Therefore, it's no surprise that grief hits all of us a little differently…


Use Your Anger Wisely

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

All across the world, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or culture, babies are born predisposed to express certain emotions. We call these primary emotions, meaning that they are the first…


Babyloss and Mother's Day

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

Mother's day is just around the corner, and no doubt you've seen a growing number of ads on social media inviting families to "celebrate" the special mothers in their lives…


Accessing Your Wise Mind

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

Considering the fast pace of our world, it is not surprising that we may engage in reactive responses or employ knee-jerk decisions. However, if we can find a way to…


Pregnancy Jealousy

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

If you've experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or ending a wanted pregnancy, then you might be familiar with the scenarios below.

You open Facebook to be greeted by pictures of your friend's…


Benefits of Your Wise Mind

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

In the late 1980’s, Dr. Marsha Linehan created a cognitive behavioral treatment known as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for chronic suicidal, self-injurious individuals who struggled with emotion regulation. A key…


Parenting Worried Children

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Whether you get your news from your personal computer, television, radio, or smartphone, it’s likely that you feel bombarded with negative messages and images from the world around us.  Parenting…


Pregnancy After Babyloss

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

Becoming Pregnant After the Loss of a Baby: It’s an unthinkable concept to most expectant parents, but, sadly, many have walked the anguished path of pregnancy loss. Whether your pregnancy ended…


Talking about Babyloss

Posted by: Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE

Telling Family and Friends about the Loss of Your Baby:There is so much to look forward to during pregnancy: hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, watching your belly…


How to Manage Anger

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Anger is an emotional response that is triggered by a real or perceived threat. We often get angry when we have a difficult time communicating our feelings. When we aren’t…


7 Things To Know About Pegging

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

When it comes to sex, there are so many more possibilities than penile-vaginal intercourse. There’s intimate touching, kissing, oral, role-play, toys, anal, and so much more. For many couples anal…


How to Transition from College to Work

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

For many, college can be a wonderful time of self-exploration, connecting with others, and engaging in fun activities.  Regardless if you went to college for four years or more, transitioning…


5 Signs Your Friendship Might Be Unhealthy

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

When we think of abusive relationships romantic partners and family members may come to mind. However, friendships have the capability of being emotionally abusive that can cause overwhelming anxiety. Intimate…


How to Support A Partner With Anxiety

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

How to support a partner with anxiety 

Relationships can be difficult at times, especially when an anxiety disorder is added to the mix. Living in constant fear is not fun…


Making Sense of Not Trusting Yourself

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

Many people who have learned to talk themselves out of following their gut tend to feel worse about decisions made where they did not follow their gut instinct. Even though…


How to Test Your Gut

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

Are you feeling less sure of the decisions you make? Anxious that everything you touch is crumbling? If you have been feeling like you need help navigating your decision making…


Sensate Focus Touching for Body Image

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Do you struggle with your body image? Do you feel out of touch with your sexuality? These concerns are common for women throughout their lifespan. Body image is defined as…


Self Care during the Holidays

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

For some the holiday time can be an exciting time of year filled with great food, loved ones, and traditions. For others, it can bring feelings of anxiety, loneliness, frustration…


Grief During the Holiday Season

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Ramadan, Kwanza and New Year’s Day are annual holidays that can be a very difficult time for people who have experienced the death of a loved one…


Feeling Like a Team in your Relationship

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

A good relationship allows each person to feel supported, and that they and their partner are on the same team. Each person can trust that their partner is invested in…


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…


Trauma Sensitive Yoga For Survivors of Trauma

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Trauma -sensitive yoga (TSY) has been shown to provide a safe healing process to those who have experienced trauma. Talk therapy is an important step in trauma recovery, but if…


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…


Understanding Turner Syndrome

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

Has your child just been diagnosed with Turner Syndrome?  Does a loved one, such as a family member or close friend, have Turner Syndrome?  This article will provide an overview…


Don’t React, Respond: How to Better Control Your Emotion

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

Have you been in a conversation or a situation where someone has said something that’s triggered you to react?  Maybe you’ve become angry, or frustrated, or sad?  And once you…


How to get a Better Night's Sleep

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

Do you struggle to fall asleep?  Do you find that you wake up often throughout the night?  Is it difficult to stay awake during the day?  Difficulty sleeping can be…


How to Create More Intimacy in Your Relationship

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

For many of us, the early stages of courting our partner involved a lot of resources and commitment to making the relationship a priority. In fact, we may have been…


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…


Present Moment Awareness

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Do you find yourself stuck in the past, ruminating over previous conversations or interactions?  Or maybe you’re focused on the future, stressing about what could happen or how your future…


How to Keep Romance Alive After Kids

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

The power of an infant’s smile, coo, or laughter is unimaginable. Some people report feeling an overwhelming, primal urge to keep that tiny human safe and loved at all costs…


How to Create a Positive Outlook

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Are you stuck on the negatives in your life?  Maybe you’re at a job that you don’t like, or you’re in an apartment rather than in the home of your…


Negative Emotions

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Allowing ourselves to feel negative emotions is tough. Society is hyper focused on productivity: do whatever you need to do to get through the day. “Time is money. I should…


How to Shift Your Sexual Scripts

Posted by: Shayna Alper, Intern

Sexual scripts state that our beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes about sexuality are constructed from cultural, social, and personal experiences and interactions. When you assess your sexual scripts, you may recognize…


How to Assess Your Sexual Scripts

Posted by: Shayna Alper, Intern

From the moment we are born, we are taught specific social norms and expectations. The behaviors and beliefs that we learn to be appropriate depend on our gender. For example…


How to Survive a Wedding with your Narcissistic Family Member

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Wedding season is upon us. Weddings can be fun - a time to gather with loved ones and celebrate the start of a new chapter. But for those of us…


How to Date for Data

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

Dating experiences provide a lot of data. Whether you are just gaining your first experiences or have been in multiple relationships, dating is complicated. Human relationships, in their complexity, make…


How Successful Couples Survive Raising Children

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

A significant adjustment period for many couples is when they begin having or adopting children, known as the transition-to-parenthood. Children can compromise the dyad relationship by putting more strain on…


5 Ways to Boost Your Body Confidence

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

It is mid-summer here in Philadelphia and that means it’s hot as an oven (at least by Northern standards). It’s time to put on those shorts, swimsuits, summer dresses and…


Common Causes of Vaginismus/GPPPD

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

    Vaginismus, the unconscious tightening of the vaginal muscles, is unpleasant, to say the least. Now classified as Genito-Pelvic Pain Penetration Disorder (GPPPD), this sexual dysfunction makes penetrative sex unpleasant…


ACT Therapy: Accepting and Being Mindful

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

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is about acknowledging our emotions from a non-judgmental standpoint, which equips the person to better handle uncomfortable emotional states.  Impartial acceptance of emotions is very…


Being Assertive

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.

Being Assertive Your neighbor is asking you to pick up her mail for the third time this month. Your coworker is asking if you will take her to work every day…


Expressing Your Emotional Labor

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

            Emotional labor is the process of repressing and/or emphasizing feelings that are deemed desirable within a situation.  Being calm when you’re angry, cordial when you’re irritated, and acting happy…


Physical Labor and Mental Health

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

When discussing the ways in which to improve mental health, we tend to focus on the abstract.  We explore family influences, maladaptive thinking, reoccurring themes, and several other intangible concepts. …


Expectations For Marriage Counseling

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

How do you know what you should expect out of marriage counseling? This tip will help guide your expectations for marriage counseling regardless of the presenting issue you two are…


Caring for your Depressed Brain: 50 Tiny Nice Things exercise

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

If you’re depressed and ever picked up a self-help book or worked with a therapist, chances are you’ve encountered the phrase “cognitive distortions.” This refers to the ways your depressed…


Noticing Your Emotional Labor in Relationships

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

             Emotional labor is something that we do every day, yet rarely pay attention to.  Acting understanding to a demanding boss, being friendly to rude…


Emotional Labor and Relationships

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

            When we think of labor, we often associate it with the physical components; work, chores, and projects quickly come to mind.  However, labor also…


Disclosing Your Partner's Sexual Affair

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

Being cheated on is a painful experience that often feels devastating.  What’s worse is figuring out how to move forward after the emotional/sexual affair with your partner.  While you are…


Keeping A Relationship Old School In a New Age

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

In a world where we now have texting, Twitter, Facebook, FaceTime, Snapchat, and any other instantaneous phone application you can think of, how do you keep a relationship old school…


Telling Your Partner That You Are Asexual

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

Telling Your Partner That You’re Asexual

You've done some research and personal reflection, and you're confident that you’re asexual.  You are well-versed in this orientation and how it applies to…


Circle Activity for Negative Thoughts

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Circle Activity for Negative Thoughts

Do you often find yourself trapped inside your own negative thoughts? Are these thoughts often negative thoughts towards you? Often times, a person may be trapped…


Anxiety: Psychotherapy Treatment Options

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Anxiety: Psychotherapy Treatment Options Explored

​Anxiety is an umbrella term that ranges from nerves before a big meeting, and escalating to a fear of leaving your home. With all of the…


Learning How To Learn

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

In school, we learn so much about math, science, geography, psychology, etc. yet, it is rare to learn how to learn. Are you going away to college for the first…


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…


Advocating to Your Doctor About Possible Vaginismus

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

Advocating to Your Doctor About Possible Vaginismus

 

Things just haven’t seemed right with sex.  You find yourself avoiding or dreading penetration because you find it difficult, maybe even painful and…


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…


Narcissism: Common Thought Patterns

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Narcissism is beyond the notion that one is “vain”. The personality Narcissism Disorder often develops from childhood experiences that create thought patterns, or schemas, that present in adulthood. Usually an…


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…


Self Care After the Election

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

America’s dysfunctions are the highlights of the news. Candidates pointed their fingers at their opponent(s). They dodged answering important questions and continuously displayed reactivity. Therapists teach their clients to grow…


Bedtime Ritual for Anxiety Sufferers

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Bedtime Ritual for Anxiety Sufferers

Whether you are suffering from chronic anxiety or nervously anticipating an upcoming

event or circumstance, stress can interfere with our sleep cycles, affecting our ability to

catch those…


Pelvic Floor Flex/Relax Continuum Exercise

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Though many men have never paid much attention to their pelvic floor muscle, it plays  an important part in maintaining erections. If you are experiencing difficulty with your erections, strengthening…


Feeling Lonely: How to Fight the Stigma

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Feeling Lonely: One day you are sitting alone after a long day and it hits you: you are feeling lonely. Whether you moved to a new city, had a falling…


Coping with PMDD

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Coping with PMDD: PMDD, or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, is when premenstrual symptoms are more severe than PMS, occurring for a longer period of time, and affecting mental health symptoms, such…


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? …


Coming back from Tragedy

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Coming back from Tragedy: Returning to normalcy after the massacre at Pulse Nightclub is hard.  After tragedy hits in the United States, one’s sense of security and what is normal gets…


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…


Surviving Wedding Season Single

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

Wedding season is upon us. As if the stress of finding something appropriate and affordable to wear was not enough, you may find yourself very stressed out at the idea…


When Trauma is Misdiagnosed as ADHD in Children

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Has your child been a little more rambunctious than usual? Many are quick to

slap on an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis to a hyperactive

child, but sometimes this diagnosis…


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…


Mindfulness and Hunger Awareness

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Mindfulness and Hunger Awareness: Mindful Breathing Inventory Exercise

Many people have difficult relationships with food and their own bodies. When we fall into the habit of judging our bodies, our…


Negative Stories and Anxiety

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

When life is uncertain and your anxiety heightens have you ever made up really negative stories that just continue to raise your feelings of anxiety? You may be…


Why the Idea of Mediocrity Tortures Millennials

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

Many millennials (twenty-thirty somethings) struggle with a constant sense of anxiety and depression. Pushing happiness away because it does not fit for the emotional highs and lows they’re…


Doctor Visits

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Doctor visits are important to maintaining good health. Regular physicals and check-ups are a smart choice. It’s not rare that you may have questions related to your sexual health during…


Single on Valentine’s Day

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Single on Valentine’s Day : For some Valentine’s Day is full of chocolates, fancy dinners, and perpetual doting over relationships. However, for many single people Valentine’s Day is none of these…


The Stages of Cultural Sensitivity

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Everybody struggles with cultural sensitivity.  You may offer someone pork when they don’t eat it. You may find yourself stumbling to find the correct words or phrase that helps you…


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…


Health Conscious Dating

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

After countless dates you are left broke, alone, and fatter. That’s right, fatter. For the past few months you have been living a glutton’s dream life. You get home from…


Tips for Academic Success

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

You want to start next semester off right so below you will find tips for achieving academic success.  In order to do well, you must first set yourself up for…


Preparing for Academic Success

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Are you struggling with achieving academic success? The semester is winding down and your grades are being posted. This may prove to be an exciting and validating time if…


Not Being The First

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

            You found the perfect partner. You connect on so many different levels.  You really feel like they get you, and your family and friends all…


Navigating Online Dating

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

You’ve picked out your best pictures, you came up with a cute/sexy/funny (whatever you’re going for) tagline, you’ve had your friends read over your profile and now, you’re ready to…


The Emotional Experience of Infertility

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Infertility is an extremely emotional experience. The diagnosis of infertility catches people off-guard. You have not planned for or anticipated an infertility diagnosis, and are now experiencing the many emotions…


“Real-time” Connection over Your Smartphone

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

I often see couples with concerns over limited connection with one another. We live in a world where we are constantly connected. Smartphones have changed the way we communicate


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…


Managing Anxiety in a New Relationship

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

When you're an anxious person, dating can feel really, really tough. Especially, in a new relationship (within the first few months) there are lots of things that may cause your…


Getting the Most Out of Your Internship

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 get the most out of your internship.

            Clinical internships can be a great learning experience for students, however they can also be a great source of stress. Knowing…


Communication Strategies

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.

Communication Strategies: Developed by Relationship Counselors at the Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia

Communicate Communicate Communicate that’s all you want to do!... these are words that typically resonate in…


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


How To Break Up Like An Adult

Posted by: Angie Dion, MFT, LMFT, Therapist

How to Break Up Like an Adult

You are in your late 20s/early 30s. You've been single for a while and dating actively for several months. You're dating online, meeting people…


Fear of Flying Exercise

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

People have phobias about all types of things. You may have  heard of people having a fear of heights, death, public speaking, and spiders. A very common phobia is aerophobia…


Couples Communication Skills Exercise

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Couples face many challenges in their relationships. One of the most common issues couples deal with is poor communication skills. Couples engaging in poor communication skills may break up…


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…


Vaginal Dilator Therapy for Sexual Pain

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Your journey towards pain free sex has been difficult. You have been undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and may feel like you are going crazy.  You are frustrated that there is no medical…


Perks of Vaginal Dilator Therapy

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Perks of Vaginal Dilator Therapy

The thought of using vaginal dilator therapy to treat recurrent or chronic sexual pain can be intimidating. Vaginal dilator therapy has been an effective treatment to…


Infertility: It is Okay to Decline a Friend’s Baby Shower

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Another baby shower invite and you panic. Why does attending a baby shower always make you feel so bad about your own infertility? How can being happy for your friend’s…


Infertility: Asking For Your Needs

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Are you sick and tired of your family asking, “When are you going to have a baby?” They are completely oblivious to the months your have been trying to get…


Vaginismus

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 Have Vaginismus? Vaginismus is a disorder defined as painful spasms of muscles around the outer third of the vagina. Sometimes the muscles at the opening of the vagina tighten…


Flirting Language For Skyping

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.

Using Intentional Language To Develop Your Own Flirty Nickname For Skyping:  When you are in a long distance relationship communication is crucial.  There are many ways you can communicate, despite the…


Help Over The Holidays

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.

Help Over The Holidays

 


Sexnology

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Everyone has heard that watching porn can increase the sexual experience between you and your partner. But with technology advancing, you can do so much more to increase your sexuality…


Single Person’s Guide To Valentine’s Day

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

 A single person’s guide to Valentine’s Day: No longer just for lovers 

Valentine’s Day seems to elicit many reactions from many different people. A common reaction from single people when dealing…


Valentine’s Day for Couples with kids

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and many couples will begin the conversation about how will they celebrate this year, (or at least should). There are many things couples&rsquo…


Resiliency And Rewards

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Resilience and Rewards

The battle of resilience versus rewards has had an impact on our survival throughout time.  In our early years as Homo Sapiens, failure meant the loss of life. …


Holiday Recovery

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

Are you finding yourself a little lost after the holidays? Do you feel like everyone around you is motivated to work on their new year’s resolutions while you are suffering…

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…


Change How You Feel About Depression

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

Depression is widely stigmatized in our society. The stigma can lead people who do not struggle with it to misunderstand and impose judgment on those who do.  Others perceptions can…


The Wave

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

Are you feeling overwhelmed by negative feelings? Are these feelings compounded by the negative feelings you have about your initial emotion, as in meta-emotions. Meta-emotions are way that they…


Attachment

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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…


Sexual Trauma and Shame

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Sexual Trauma and Shame

There are many aspects of shame that can develop for a survivor of sexual trauma. Here at the Center for Growth in Philadelphia, a common false belief…


Painful Sex: Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder

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At some point in their life, most women will experience pain during or after sex. Female pelvic or sexual pain is a widespread problem, affecting 3 out of 4 women…


How to Choose the Right Lube

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When it comes to sex, wetter is better. Sexual lubricants are becoming increasingly common, with drugstores and specialty stores carrying a wide variety of options. Sometimes the choice can be…


Boost Your Self-Confidence With A Mantra

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 boost your self-confidence in just a few minutes: If you’re just about to go into an important meeting, give the biggest presentation of your life, or are just…


Self Esteem Flower Pot

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

Are you feeling consumed by negative thoughts about yourself? Have you been feeling a low sense of self worth? Self esteem is the way that you feel about yourself. 

 

This…


Anger Management Bomb

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

Triggers

If your anger was a bomb going off, lighting the fuse would be a trigger. People experience

triggers to their emotions all of the time. However, in your everyday life…


Beating Low Self-Esteem

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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…


Fibromyalgia and Mental Health

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Many people in Philadelphia are affected by fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that causes widespread pain throughout the body, and often affects mental health. Depression and anxiety often accompany…


Getting to know your Turn Ons Using the Five Senses

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

Are you feeling less turned on recently, but have no idea why? Are you struggling to tap into your sexual desire to get in the mood? Sometimes people get into…


Sexpectations

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

Do you hold beliefs around sexuality that your lover is not fulfilling?  Is sex a sensitive area that you have trouble talking about with your lover, friends, or family members…


Understanding Hypermobility Syndromes

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Each year, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with hypermobility syndromes, including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, joint hypermobility syndrome, and Marfan syndrome. These conditions are chronic illnesses; although the symptoms can be treated…


What is Trauma?

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What is Trauma?

From a trauma counseling therapist’s perspective, trauma is defined as a deeply disturbing experience, which can be sexual, physical and / or emotional. Here at the Center for Growth…


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 and ADHD/ADD during Homework and at Home Task Times

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Parenting and ADHD/ADD during Homework and at Home Task Times

Parenting can be a challenge all on its own!  What is even more challenging is learning how to manage your…


Life After The End Of A Marriage: Creating a New Vision

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.

Life After The End Of A Marriage: Creating A New Vision

You thought you had taken your wedding vows for life. You thought that “for better or for worse” you and…


Understanding Depression

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

 People throw around the word depression as a feeling that everyone experiences. However, clinical depression is a lot more than feeling very sad.  Depression is a mental illness that…


What is Narrative Therapy?

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

What is Narrative Therapy?

Narrative therapy is a post-modern psychotherapy approach based on the tenets that everyone has a story. Rather than seeing the therapist as the person who will…


Parenting—An Overview

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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

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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

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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

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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…


Navigating Living Alone Together

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Navigating Living Alone Together (LAT)

            In a time when the trend is going toward cohabitating prior to marriage, there is also a trend to Living Alone Together. What does that…


Grief Therapy

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Grief Therapy 

Grief therapy can be very useful and effective to help individuals cope with the emotions and stressors connected to a loss. Everyone responds to loss differently, http://www.therapyinphiladelphia.com/tips/the-5-stages-of-grief and depending…


Role of Anxiety in Erectile Dysfunction

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

Understanding the Role of Anxiety in Erectile Dysfunction

A lot more men have trouble getting or maintaining an erection than you would expect. Erectile dysfunctions can occur during a…


Redirecting Your Negative and Anxious Thoughts

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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…


Brain Change

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Most of us don’t even think about how our brains help us with every aspect of our lives.  We are able to go through our daily routines without realizing what…


The Gifts of Shame

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The Gifts of Shame 

Shame tends to be viewed as this negative emotion that we shouldn’t talk about, let alone experience. Very seldom do people talk about the gifts of…


Not Having An Orgasm Doesn't Mean I Am Not Enjoying It

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       We’ve all heard about the people who orgasm every time they have sex; sometimes, 

they have multiple orgasms in one session. Unfortunately, you’re not a part of…


Skin Picking Treatment

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.

Skin picking is considered a Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorder which effects up to 5% of the population.  Examples of skin picking include, but are not limited to: picking acne or…


How To Disarm A Narcissist

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Now that we’ve answered the question, What is a narcissist,” let’s get specific about ways to manage these interactions on a regular basis.  Below are several practical strategies to…


Loving a Narcissist

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Loving a narcissist

Narcissistic individuals are great at drawing people in. They are so great in fact, that it’s pretty easy for anyone to fall in love with a narcissist.


Narcissism and Shame Treatment and Tips

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Narcissism and Shame 

Narcissism and shame go hand in hand in so many ways. Narcissists carry a LOT of shame. From mistakes made in the past, fear of not being…


Recommended Links

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.

These are some of the sites we recommend!

 

Parenting Resources


Building a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Network

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

Do you feel isolated and alone? Are you confused about your sexuality? Or worry about how those around you will respond? Coming out can be an emotional and scary process. …


What is a narcissist?

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What is a narcissist?

(as opposed to a healthy narcissist)

WHAT

The term “narcissism” is often thrown around as a synonym for someone who is self-absorbed.  While this is certainly a major…


Narcissism: The concerns and pitfalls

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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…


Is It Okay To Masturbate When You Are Pregnant?

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 Okay To Masturbate When You Are Pregnant? Yes!

Self-stimulation for pregnant women can be fun and exciting: As you go through pregnancy, your body undergoes many changes. These changes…


Masturbation for Self (women only)

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.

Masturbation for Self: turning yourself on

One of the many benefits of masturbation for self is that it is something that you have complete control over. There is no need to negotiate…


Finding Your Authentic Self Exercise

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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…


Rape

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.

Rape: It’s not your fault. These are some of the first words you need to hear if you have been raped or sexually abused. You’ve gone through a traumatic experience.  The…


Perinatal Depression Assessment

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.

Perinatal Depression Assessment: Do you or your loved one suffer from Regular Depression or Perinatal Depression? If you are not sure, use this assessment to help you determine what type of…


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…


Tired of Not Feeling Desired

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            You’ve been dating for a while and you’re feeling frustrated with the progress you’ve made. There are endless categories you could put yourself in…


Awaking Your Sexual Self & Getting More Out Of Sex

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.

Awakening Your Sexual Self...And Getting More Out of Sex: Do you get nothing out of sex? Do you feel like you must be missing something? If so, then this tip is…


Body Image Basics

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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

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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…


Safer Sex Life at College

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 Safer Sex at College: going to live at college opens up a wide new world of freedoms. As you start of your college career, you discover that you have some…


Discovering Motivation to Change

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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…


Herpes and Self Worth

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Herpes and Worth: The twenty dollar Bill Exercise: Since finding out about your diagnosis, have you at one time or another made comments like, “No one will want me anymore since…


The Power of Compliments

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The Power of Compliments The Center for Growth / Couples Counseling in Philadelphia

Compliments can become few and far between in relationships, and worse, the compliments can often become stale…


Anger

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.

Anger / Anger Management Therapy in Philadelphia:

Recently you've recognized that your anger is no longer manageable, and acting on your irritability seems like the only way you can cope.

When you get upset…


Combating Your Low Sexual 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.

Sexual Self Esteem: Self-esteem can be defined as a person’s overall evaluation of their self-worth. It includes how they feel about their self beliefs, emotions, as well as how it…


Analingus

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.

Analingus, defined by Sex Therapy in Philadelphia is also known as rimming, anal-oral sex, is the act of kissing, licking and/or sliding one’s tongue in and out of another individual’s anus…


Exploring the Pleasures of Anal Sex and Stimulation

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.

Throughout the world, there are many taboos against anal stimulation. Yet, despite the sexual taboos, the sexual practice continues.  Depending upon which static you read, 20%-50% of the population has…


Expressing Needs and Sexual Desires

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.

Are you and your partner struggling with sexual desire?  Do you feel pressure to perform although you’re not in the mood?  Is sex unsatisfying?  Does it feel like a chore? …


Sexual Communication Technique

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 Communication Technique used in most Sex Therapy Cases

Sexual Communication Technique Exercise: Communication in the bedroom is a critical to achieving intimacy. The Sensate Focus Technique Exercise developed Masters and Johnsons…


Making Skype Sexy

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 Therapy & Couples Counseling in Philadelphia:  Communication is the key in any long distance relationship.  Luckily, in our modern, tech-savvy society there are several mediums that can promote and…


Different Types of Sexual Pain

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

Many conditions cause female sexual pain, otherwise known as dyspareunia. Some of the conditions that cause female sexual pain include: vulvodynia, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted infections, vaginal infections…


The Art Of Seduction

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 Therapy in Philadelphia - the art of seduction.

Having “good sex” is oftentimes determined even before the act is committed.  Therefore, it’s surprising that the topic of mood and atmosphere…


What Is A Sexual Aversion

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 Aversion Treatment in Philadelphia. 267-324-9564

Most people are not in the mood to have sex all day long, every day – accept maybe on vacation or in the early stages…


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…


Sexual Aversion Defined

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 Aversion Defined by Sex Therapy in Philadelphia.  Call today to schedule a consultation. 

Most people are not in the mood for sex twenty four hours a day, seven days a…


Getting Artsy In The Bedroom: Finger Painting and Sex

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.

Finger painting is not just for children, it is for adults too! In fact, finger painting can be an erotic experience designed for adults only!  Adults of all sizes, shapes…


Spirituality & 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.

Spirituality and Trauma Have you experienced trauma? Have you found yourself asking the question, “Why me?” Do you feel like your Higher Power has let you down or failed you? If…


Talking to Your Kid About Going to Play Therapy

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.

Play Therapy in Center City Philadelphia: There are many reasons for seeking play therapy for your child.  Every parent has his or her own specific set of reasons. Regardless of how…


Talking to Your Partner About PTSD

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.

Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia / PTSD Recovery in Center City

This tip is for anyone who is recovering from trauma or PTSD and who has a significant other in their life. …


The Benefits of Play Therapy for Parents

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.

Play therapy is designed for children ages 3-11, as play is the way children make sense of their world and express themselves.  The benefits of play therapy for children include developing…


The DID Role/Roll Call Sheet 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.

This tip is designed for people who have identified that they have Dissociative Identity Disorder and want to get to know their alters better.  This tip will assist…


Adjusting to a Diagnosis of Dissociative Identity 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.

“I just learned I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and I’m experiencing many conflicting emotions about this.  Is this normal?”

DID stands for Dissociative Identity Disorder, and was…


Identifying and Managing Critical Incident Stress In Police Officers

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.

 Stress Therapy in Philadelphia:  “What is Critical Incident Stress?”  Jeffery Mitchell of the University of Maryland, developed the term critical incident stress (CIS) after working with firemen/firewomen and police officers.  He…


Trauma:  Coping with Your Partner’s Isolation

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.

Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia: 267-324-9564

As the partner of someone who experienced trauma, you have likely noticed significant changes in your partner, not to mention your relationship.  These changes have probably…


Identifying When Your Child Could Benefit From Play Therapy

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 our opinion, all children ages 3-11 can benefit from play therapy. Play therapy is designed to be fun! From a child’s perspective, he or she gets…


Identifying your triggers with a PTSD trigger table

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.

Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia.  Call today 267-324-9564

What is a PTSD Trigger Table? A PTSD Trigger Table is a simple method of tracking your triggers and reactions to these triggers.  While…


Understanding the Role of PTSD Symptoms in the Cycle of Isolation

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.

PTSD Treatment in Philadelphia: 267-324-9564

Some of the actual symptoms of PTSD can cause a person to isolate himself/herself.  PTSD is characterized by three categories of symptoms:  hyperarousal, intrusion and constriction. …


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…


Using Music to Cope With Grief

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

Music Therapy & Grief Therapy in Philadelphia:

Using Music to Cope With Grief For some people, music is a very healthy, soothing, and comfortable way to express emotions. Whether…


Vacation From Sex

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.

http://www.sextherapyinphiladelphia.com/vacation-from-sex


Journaling with Dissociative Identity 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.

Dissociative Identity Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia:  The power of journaling. 

If you have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), journaling is an effective way for you to increase…


Keeping a Routine During the Grief Process

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

Keeping a Routine During the Grief ProcessWhen we are feeling good, we take care of ourselves on a daily basis with little effort. However, when we experience a significant loss…


Are blebs deflating more than your lung?

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.

If you’re in the recovery process from a surgery for a collapsed lung (Blebs Disease ) you might be unsure of what the future holds.  You know for at least…


Letting Go of the Dream: Grieving the Loss of a Love

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 end of a marriage or a significant relationship is a huge loss.  When it is sudden it can be especially devastating.  One of the elements that make a loss…


Looking For Patterns in Your Social 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.

Social Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: Looking for patterns in your social anxiety When you are struggling with social anxiety, it can feel like every social situation is triggering.  While for…


What is a Spontaneous Pneumothorax AKA Bleb Disease?

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 spontaneous pneumothorax?Spontaneous pneumothorax refers to the condition when a lung leaks air and collapses.  In this condition lung collapses are caused by blebs, not by trauma or…


What is Dissociative Identity 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.

What is Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)?In layman’s terms DID is mental health disorder in which a person experiences extreme dissociation to the point where they have different personalities known as…


Meeting Your System

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.

Meeting Your System is designed for people who have Dissociative Identity Disorder and have a basic understanding of their alters. One way to develop this understanding…


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…


When Does Grieving Becoming Problematic?

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

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia.  To schedule an appointment, call 267-324-9564

When Does Grieving Become Problematic? Whenever we experience a loss in our life, a grief process begins.  Grieving is our psyche’s…


“Big T” versus “little t” 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.

Trauma Counseling in Philadelphia:

If you’re questioning whether you might have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), this tip can be helpful in identifying the type of…


Communication for Couples: Focusing on Solvable Problems

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 Therapy / Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia: ways for couples to communicate about solvable problems.  This is for the couple that communicates fairly well most of the time but would…


Overview of Spontaneous Pneumothorax

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 is a collapsed lung treated? Very small lung collapses (less than 5% collapsed) require little treatment and will get better with time and rest.  In most cases, a chest…


Coping After An Affair: When Your Suspicions Are Confirmed

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

Therapy in Philadelphia 267-324-9564

Coping After An Affair: When Your Suspicions Are Confirmed

If you just found out that your partner had an affair, you likely feel very hurt, angry…


Coping with a Miscarriage

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: Speak to a counselor in Center City today 267 324 9564

Coping with a Miscarriage: Miscarriage is more common than most people realize, with about 1/3 of…


Spontaneous Pneumothorax: Things to Know

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.

If you’ve received the diagnosis of a spontaneous pneumothorax, known as “bleb disease,” you’re probably wondering “now what? Can I resume my regular world living in Philadelphia? Counseling? Therapy? Life?  After healing from surgery…


Coping with Grief

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.

Coping with Grief: every one of us will have to deal with loss at some time in our life.  Losses come in many forms both large and small, such as…


Creating a Grief Collage

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

Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: Creating a Collage to Cope with Grief

Dealing with a loss of a loved one is tough work.  Grieving involves a variety of different emotions such…


Become More Aware of Your Switching

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.

Dissociative Identity Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia:  This advanced tip is designed for people with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) who already recognize all of their alters…


Dissociative Identity Disorder: Creating a Timeline

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.

Dissociative Identity Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: Why make a timeline?Many people with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder, experience trouble remembering…


Dissociative Identity Disorder: Mapping Your System

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.

“Mapping Your System” is an exercise is designed for people struggling with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder.  Mapping your system…


Do You Have Social 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.

Social Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: Do you have Social Anxiety? 

It is normal to be nervous, worried, uncomfortable or even anxious in some social situations.  It can be difficult even for…


PTSD Post Traumatic Stress 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.

What does PTSD stand for? PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Who gets PTSD?Anyone who has been exposed to trauma could possibly develop PTSD.  It is estimated that of people…


PTSD Know Your 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.

What is a “trigger?”A trigger is anything that causes your PTSD symptoms to occur.  Triggers are detected by your senses (sight, sound, touch, taste and smell).  A trigger may involve…


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


Effective Communication: Learning to Listen and Validate

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 in Philadelphia: Effective communication is essential in our relationships.  Unfortunately, communicating effectively during disagreements can be easier said than done.  A common complaint that is heard with couples who…


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 Anxiety

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

Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia 267-324-9564

End of Relationship Anxiety: some people do not think about having anxiety feelings when a relationship ends.  Sadness and even depression is…


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…


Self-Care for Partners of Trauma Survivors

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.

Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia (267-324-9564)

Self-Care for Partners of Trauma Survivors tip focuses on the importance of self-care for partners of trauma survivors and offers some ideas about how to engage in…


Feeling “numb” from police work?

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.

Police Officers & Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia Police officers jobs require them to control their emotional reactions, even when faced with very emotionally overwhelming situations.  For instance, when talking with a child…


Getting Your Partner on Board with Your Vacation From Sex

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.

http://www.sextherapyinphiladelphia.com/breaking-from-sex


Grieving the Loss of a Relationship

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

You may associate the idea of grieving with a death.  You may be thinking – a relationship or marriage is ending, but no one died.  Why do I feel so…


Asserting 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.

Autism Therapy in Philadelphia: Asserting boundaries can be a really hard thing to do for just about anyone. It can feel especially difficult to assert your boundaries…


What is ADD/ADHD?

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ADD / ADHD Treatment in Philadelphia: What is ADD/ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a medical condition resulting in hyperactivity, impulsivity, and distractibility. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the technical name…


Mirror checking and the Traps for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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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…


How is Asperger’s Syndrome Diagnosed in Children?

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.

If you’re reading this, it’s a safe bet that you know a child or teen who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and you probably have a lot of questions…


What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

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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…


Using Social Stories To Treat Autism Spectrum 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.

If you have or know a child who has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD for short) including Autism and Aspergers, you probably know…


How To Nurture Your Relationship

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Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia: Showing Your Lover You Care with Actions: How To Nurture Your Relationship

Are you and your partner struggling with intimacy? Do you find you and…


Women and Body Image Exercise

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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…


Common Cognitive Distortions

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Center for Growth / Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia: Common Cognitive Distortions.

This is an overview of Common Cognitive Distortions. Cognitive Distortions tend to occur when we are stuck in our…


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?

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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

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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…


Play Therapy Interventions for Autism

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 / Play Therapy in Philadelphia for Autism

Autism is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).  Pervasive Developmental Disorders are a range or “spectrum” of disorders that…


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

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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. …


Facebook and Breakups

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Facebook and Breakups

Have you recently broken up with your boyfriend/girlfriend? Do you find yourself checking your ex’s (X-boyfriend, X-girlfriend, X-wife, X-husband, X-lover, X-partner) Facebook page daily? Looking for clues through…


My Child Just got Diagnosed with Autism, What does this 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.

If you’re reading this, your child or a child of a friend or relative has probably just been diagnosed with Autism. You’re also probably wondering what that means, and how…


Re-framing the Concept of Boundaries

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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…


What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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 / Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a prominent evidence-based therapeutic process developed by Aaron Beck in the 1960s.  CBT is a form of…


Psychotherapy and Family History

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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

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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…


Psychotherapy and Counseling: What’s the Difference?

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.

Psychotherapy vs Counseling: What’s the difference?

You decide to find a therapist, and as you start searching the web, you probably see many different names, different titles of their profession and…


Family Roles: In the Addictive System

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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…


What is Psychotherapy? And Is It For Me?

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.

Since you’re reading this tip, you’re probably seeking answers to quite a few questions concerning Psychotherapy. First and foremost this tip is designed to answer questions such as “What is…


Mental Health Care and Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Center for Growth / Seasonal Affective Disorder Therapy in Philadelphia

Mental Health Care and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Do you find yourself becoming tired, or irritable during the winter months while living…


Befriending your Ex: When is This Okay?

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Experiencing an unwanted breakup can be a very painful experience, and for some the pain can increase when the one doing the breaking up uses the age-old go-to, “But I…


The Power of Rituals When Grieving

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Center for Growth / Grief Therapy in Philadelphia

The power of rituals when grieving: How to Honor a Loved One’s Memory Whether you lost a loved one a few months ago…


Examples of Blame-Free Communication

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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

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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…


Separation with Adult Children

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Center for Growth / Separation and Divorce Therapy in Philadelphia

A Parent’s Separation: Through the eyes of an adult child. This is a vignette written by an adult child’s perspective.

Some would…


Blaming and Codependency

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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

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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…


Redirecting your Post-Wedding Day Blues

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Redirecting your post wedding day blues: Many newlyweds can recall the many bits of advice they received leading up to the wedding day, “Enjoy every moment, the day goes by in…


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…


Wedding Survival Strategies

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Weddings are intended to be a beautiful day allowing those who truly care for a couple to share in a very special moment for two people in love. At times…


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…


What is Pre-Cana?

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What is Pre-Cana?  Pre-Cana is a catholic tradition which teaches couples how to be married. This premarital course is named after the wedding feast at Cana, in Galilee where Jesus…


Maximizing your Pre-Cana experience

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Maximizing your Pre-Cana experience: Pre-Cana is all about you, your partner, and your marriage, so for the entire length of your Pre-Cana class, that is your focus. Prioritize…


Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

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Pet therapy, or Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) refers to the use of animals in therapy as part of the treatment process. Animal Assisted Therapy ( AAT )  attempts to improve…


Pet therapy: Casey’s Depression

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Pet therapy: Casey’s Depression What people don’t know about depression is that a lot of times there is no reason for the unhappiness; there doesn’t need to have been a traumatic…


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…


Postpartum Depression and Expectations of Motherhood

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.

Postpartum Depression and Expectations of Motherhood When experiences don’t meet our expectations — what we imagined something to be like or feel like—it is a big disappointment. And, when we have…


7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real

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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…


Coping Through the Holidays

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Grief Therapy in Philadelphia: Coping through the holidays - survival strategies for widows and widowers   It’s already that time of the year again, holiday commercials have been running for almost…


Shacking up: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

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Couples Therapy in Philadelphia: Shacking Up - Should I or Shouldn't I?  So your partner popped the question you’ve been waiting for. Not “the” question, the other question, “will you…


Shacking Up: We decided to move in together, now what?

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Couples Therapy in Philadelphia: Shacking up: We decided to move in together, now what? So the two of you sat down, had the painful discussions as recommended in the first tip…


Coping Skills For 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.

Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia: Coping skills for anxiety: As you may already know, anxiety is a normal feeling and a typical reaction to many events in everyday life.  It can help…


Finding Motivation To Change

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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. …


Interviewing 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.

INTERVIEWING ESTEEM: Overcoming Nervousness and Making A Great First Impression

Your palms are warm and clammy. Your throat feels like it’s stuffed with cotton. You have the arm of your chair…


Job Hunt Slump

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.

JOB-HUNT SLUMPJob Search Got You Down? Here’s How to Keep Your Head Up

Getting started in a new career can be tough. Job searching often means a lot of grunt work…


Making the Transition from College to Career

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 GRADUATIONMaking the Transition from College to Career

So you’re coming into the home stretch of your senior year at college, and the list of things to do keeps getting longer…


What To Expect When Leaving College

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.

STARTING OUTWhat To Expect When Leaving College

Leaving college is a plunge into the unknown. For the past four years, or more, most of your energy has been spent on passing…


Loss of someone you know

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 / Loss of Someone You Know: Death Dying & Loss

When you lose someone close, it can be a difficult and devastating experience. You might feel confused…


Parenting Strategies for Preschool Kids

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 Strategies for Preschool Kids in Philadelphia and World Wide: Are you at your wits’ end?  Have you no idea how to get your little one to listen?  Do you…


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

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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…


How common is binge eating disorder

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How common is binge eating disorder?      Binge eating disorder is estimated to affect between 1% and 4% of the population.  The disorder affects both adolescents and adults. Between…


How common is obesity

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How common is obesity and what exactly does that term mean? Obesity affects between 5% and 10% of the population.  Obesity means that a person is at least 20% or…


Tips for recovering from binge eating disorder

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 Tips for recovering from binge eating disorder?

* Make sure that you are seeing a primary care doctor that you are comfortable with and who is educated about binge eating disorder. …


If I go to get treatment for binge eating, will I lose weight

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If I go to get treatment for binge eating, will I lose weight? Individuals who are obese and binge eat do not necessarily lose weight by recovering from the binge eating…


Is weight fluctuation common for those with binge eating disorder

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Is weight fluctuation common for those with binge eating disorder?Weight issues is common for people who struggle with binge eating. Weight can wildly fluctuate.  Frequent changes in weight can be…


What are the health problems strongly associated with obesity?

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  What are the health problems strongly associated with obesity?     

  •  High cholesterol  
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Diabetes (type 2)
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Problems with joints
  • Muscle pain

Benefits of Group Therapy for Eating Disorders

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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 is binge eating disorder

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What is binge eating disorder?

Binge eating disorder appears to be the most common eating disorder.  Although it was first discovered in the late 1950’s it was not added to the…


binge eating disorder criteria

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What is binge eating disorder criteria for a DSM diagnosis?

* Symtoms much occur for a minimum of six months.* The individual does not engage in compensatory behavior such as purging…


binge eating episode associated with

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What is a binge eating episode associated with?

3 or more of the following:

* Food seeking as a reward* Sneaking or hiding food.* Food seeking in response to uncomfortable feelings such…


What Stage Of The Problem Are You In?

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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.*…


overeating versus binging

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What is the difference between overeating versus binging?

The difference between overeating concerns and binging is the element of control the individual has over their eating habits. When one overeats, they are usually…


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*…


Depression VS Feeling Down

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Center for Growth / Depression Therapy in Philly:  DEPRESSION versus feeling down

FEELING DOWN vs. DEPRESSION We All Go Through Slumps… Here’s How You Can Tell If It’s Something More: Feeling sad has…


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…


risk factors for binge eating disorder

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What are the risk factors for binge eating disorder?

* Obesity and psychiatric illness.* Negative comments from family members regarding shape, weight, and eating* Compulsive dieting* Childhood and parental obesity

Center for…


Childhood Depression

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Childhood Depression

Depression is the single most common mental health problem in adults and is becoming increasingly more common in children and teens.  An estimated 5 percent of children and teens…


Medication for Adult ADHD

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MedicationsThe goal of medication for Adult ADHD is to reduce hyperactivity, increase attention and the ability to focus, and to reduce impulsive behaviors.  Stimulant medication is generally the most effective…


10 Tips for Adults with ADHD

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Therapy in Philadelphia - 10 Tips for adults with ADHD

1)  Consider an organizational specialist who can come to your home.2) Consider seeing a psychiatrist, psychopharmocologist, or neurologists who specialize in…


Adult Attention Deficit

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A diagnosis of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder indicates a impairment in Executive functioning.

Executive Functioning means:

1) The ability to regulate emotions and handle frustration2) The ability to mediate conflicting thoughts3) The…


What is Play Therapy

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Play Therapy in Philadelphia : Play therapy is a structured approach to therapy that builds on the natural language of children, the language of play.  Therapists use various play materials to…


Tips for Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder

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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      …


Obesity

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Obesity affects between 5% and 10% of the population. The rate is rising.  Obesity means that a person has a bmi (body mass index) of 30 or above.  People…


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

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

Signs of Bulimia Nervosa often include, but are…


How common is Bulimia Nervosa

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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

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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…


Major Depression and Dysthymic disorder

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MAJOR DEPRESSION (Sometimes referred to as clinical depression)

* Symptoms will be present for a minimum of two weeks.* For a diagnosis of major depression, one of the five symptoms must…


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

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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…


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

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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

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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

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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…


Social Anxiety Disorder

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Social Anxiety DIsorder Treatment in Philadelphia : What is a Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorders are characterized by a persistent fear of being publicly embarrassed and an intense fear of being…


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…


Anxiety Support Groups in Philadelphia

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10 Week Anxiety Support Groups in Philadelphia - Now Forming Are you anxious? Do you constantly worry? Do you have thoughts that don’t go away? Have you experienced rapid heart…


Herpes Support Group in Philadelphia

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Help with Herpes: A Support Group Now Forming

* Do you or your partner have genital herpes? * Are you worried about the emotional, physical and sexual impact of herpes?* Do you…


Support Group in Philadelphia

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When a group of individuals with similar issues gather to discuss a common concern or way of coping with a condition, it is called a support group. Support groups at…


Baby Blues Support Group in Philadelphia

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Baby Blues Support Groups - Now Forming: Have you recently had a baby? 

* Do you feel insecure? Doubting your ability to parent? Overwhelmed by the responsibility of needing to…


Prepare for Motherhood Class

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Pregnancy Class: Prepare for Motherhood Class / Group - Now Forming

Are you the only one you know who is pregnant?  Do you want to make friends with other women who will…


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

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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…


Treatment for Anorexia in Adolescence

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…


What is a Panic Attack

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                                                           …


What is Anxiety

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                        Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia What is Anxiety: suddenly you’re overcome with an intense fear or sense of gloom. …


Medical Doctors and Anorexia

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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…


What to Expect in a Workshop at the Center for Growth

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Workshops in Philadelphia our workshops are designed to teach people a wide spectrum of approaches and practices that can be useful for achieving a particular goal. Workshops are not appropriate…


More about Binge Eating Disorder

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Center for Growth / Binge Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia: More About Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder affects about 4% of the population. 

Many people with this disorder also struggle with…


Why Diets Are Bad For You

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  Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia - why diets are bad for you

Why diets are bad for you: the word dieting implies that someone is going to deprive him or…


Will I Gain or Lose Weight in Recovery

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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

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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…


Working Towards Healing After a Loss

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Grief Therapy in Philadelphia - Working Towards Healing After a Loss developing a plan of action

First and foremost, acknowledge your loss. Recognize that your life, your activities, your…


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

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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…


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…


Grief and Bargaining

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Grief and Bargaining your loved one has faced or is facing a long illness. Of course you seek to avoid this pain. Why wouldn’t you? Who really wants look directly…


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…


Staging Anxiety to Uncover Your 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.

Center for Growth / Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia- Staging Anxiety to Uncover Your Triggers: anxiety can be a debilitating diagnosis for many of its victims. Often, it feels as though…


Steps You Can Take To Reduce 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 Reduction in Philadelphia

Steps you can take to reduce anxiety anxiety can impact work, your interpersonal relationships, hobbies, and prevent you from enjoying life to the…


Stress

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.

Stress: everyone has their own definition of stress. For a young mother at home with her children it may be when everyone is crying at the same time. For a…


Stress Management 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.

Stress Management Techniques: dealing with stress might seem like a battle that you can never win, but you can learn how to manage the stress in your life.


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…


Unwanted Advice

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.

Pregnancy and Postpartum Therapy in Philadelphia : Ways to Handle Unwanted Advice

During pregnancy, you might have noticed that random strangers started smiling more at you. The majority of people treat…


Visualization Technique Part Three

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.

Visualization Techniques Part III: White Light By now, you’ve no doubt mastered the ‘ Safe Place ’ technique and have used it to both relieve stress and work on…


Visualization Technique Part Two

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

Visualization Technique Part II

Learning the power of visualization and guided imagery through the construction of a safe place is key to using the mind…


Ways to Improve 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.

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…


Ways to Support Someone Suffering From Postpartum Depression

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.

Ways to Support Someone Suffering from Postpartum Depression the most important concept that fathers need to understand is that the diagnosis Postpartum Depression is a real syndrome. Postpartum depression typically…


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.

Self-Esteem Therapy in Philadelphia

Self-esteem: Self-esteem is the picture we have of ourselves in our minds. It is how we view ourselves and how we imagine that others perceive us. It…


Set Point Theory

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.

Set point theory: This refers to the concept that the body raises or lowers it’s metabolism in an attempt to stay within its genetically pre-determined weight range. Also, the body…


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…


Signs and Symptoms of Stress

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 /Stress Therapy in Philadelphia 

Stress is a condition that occurs in response to actual or anticipated difficulties in life. 

The psychological signs and symptoms of stress:

* The tendency to…


Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa 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.

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…


Losing a Pet

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: About Losing a Pet: pets are a part of the family.  They depend on their humans for companionship and basic needs, therefore creating a close bond…


Make Your Own Anxiety Workbook

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 Therapy in Philadelphia / Make Your Own Anxiety Workbook

Coping with anxiety is a challenge for anyone. Learning how to recognize anxiety before your anxiety spirals out of control and then quell…


Metabolism

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Metabolism: the burning of fat and calories.


Most People Who Diet and Lose Weight Manage to Maintain the Loss

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: most people who diet and lose weight manage to maintain the loss: FALSE

The majority of people who diet regain their weight. Permanent weight loss is best achieved…


Our philosophy about Pregnancy Childbirth and the First Year

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.

Our philosophy about Pregnancy, Childbirth and the First Year: pregnancy before during and postpartum: Life will never be the same as you new it. You can’t go back. Parenthood is…


Overcoming Anxiety: Moving Beyond

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

Overcoming Anxiety: there are various methods available for overcoming anxiety to those who suffer with it today. A new onslaught of prescription medications…


Panic Attacks

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.

Panic Attack Therapy in Philadelphia - What are panic attacks? Ever feel like you suddenly can’t catch your breath? Your heart is pounding in your chest, and yet you are sitting…


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…


Parenting Your ADHD Child

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Pareningt your ADHD Child / Therapy in Philadelphia: When your child receives a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or it’s quieter cousin, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) you, as a…


Perinatal Depression 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.

Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia: Take the perinatal depression quiz to determine what type of depression you or a loved one are suffering from. Regular Depression VS Perinatal…


Plan for Reducing 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 Treatment in Philadelphia

Developing a plan of action for reducing anxiety one of the best ways for reducing anxiety is to be prepared for the sensation of anxiety. To…


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…


Postpartum Depression

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.

Postpartum Depression Therapy in Philadelphia: Postpartum depression, or PPD is a common problem that should not be ignored.

Somehow women have learned to expect that the birth of a baby automatically…


Postpartum Depression Support Group in Philadelphia

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The Postpartum Depression Support Group: The Postpartum Depression Support Group is for you if your baby is less than six months old and you find yourself sometimes:

* Feeling depressed or…


Postpartum Depression Therapy

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.

Here, at the Center for Growth, Postpartum Depression Therapy is

What you can expect? You can expect a therapist who has had specific training on postpartum depression and experience with other…


Postpartum Psychosis

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.

Postpartum Psychosis: postpartum psychosis is a serious problem that can result in injury or death to the mother or child. This condition usually starts as postpartum depression that rapidly worsens…


Practical Spirituality

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.

Practical Spirituality: Identifying the spiritual element in everyday life

When we think of spirituality, we conjure images of fantastical settings and beings, gilded halls of religious worship containing exotic artifacts, studied…


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…


Preparing for a Panic Attack

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.

Panic Attack Treatment in Philadelphia: Preparing for a Panic Attack 

Be Prepared: as a sufferer of Panic Attacks you know how suddenly they can appear. Preparation can be a key to helping…


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…


Raising Children in the Midst of Divorce

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.

Raising Children in the Midst of Divorce Children are the most innocent victims of divorce. They become of the center of battles over child custody, support and visitation. Divorce changes…


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…


Reducing 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.

Reducing Anxiety in Philly / Therapy in Philadelphia:

Reducing Anxiety in Philly: Ok, congratulated yourself. You have achieved the first step of reducing the amount of anxiety you experience. You…


Releasing Anxiety Through Repetitive Motion

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.

Releasing Anxiety Through Repetitive Motion: anxiety can be thought of as an accumulation of stress that builds up in our minds and bodies creating a host of unwanted symptoms which…


Relief Dates to Quell Your 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.

Set ‘Relief Dates’ to Quell your Anxiety: anxiety is a thief. It robs those who suffer with it of their time and attention. It steals their peace and joy and…


Relieving Depression

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.

Relieving Depression Over ten percent of the population experiences depression at least once in a lifetime. If you have difficulty enjoying life or find yourself sluggish or angry much of…


Religion and Spirituality

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.

Religion and Spirituality The words religion andspirituality are often used interchangeably, though they are uniquely different things. Spirituality is the pursuit of a relationship and understanding of the world around…


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…


Resting Metabolic Rate

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Resting metabolic rate (RMR): The minimum calorie requirement of a person at rest.


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…


Risk factors for Prenatal Depression

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.

Risk Factors for Prenatal Depression & Postpartum Depression During Pregnancy (prenatal)

* History of substance abuse* History of depression* Family history of mental health problems* Minimal support from family and…


Ritual Spirituality

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.

Ritual Spirituality: Tools for Positive Change

Spirituality is mystifying to many because of its unseen qualities. That something so abstract could carry such a profound affect on the human psyche makes…


handling unhelpful friends after the arrival of baby

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.

Handling unhelpful friends and family after the birth of a baby: develop a strategy with your partner about ways to handle unhelpful friends and family. Then, while interfacing with the…


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…


If I am Careful With What I Eat

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: If I am careful with what I eat, I do not need to exercise

False: people who attempt to lose weight without exercising usually reach a plateau…


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…


Are You Depressed

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.

Are You Depressed. Learn how to Spot a Depressive Disorder

” Can’t you just snap out of it?” If you suffer from a depressive illness, those words are not only ignorant…


How Often Should I weigh Myself

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 often should I weigh myself? Once a week is a good way to monitor any weight trends (losses or gains) However, people with Anorexia or people with Bulimia who…


Healthy Snacks

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 do you mean by a healthy snack? a healthy snack is smaller and ideally less calories than a meal. The portion size and nutrition content will vary from person…


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…


How Breathing Can Help You Defeat 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.

Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia: How breathing can help you defeat anxiety: sigh of relief - how breathing can help you defeat anxiety: Using deep breathing techniques to relieve anxiety has…


How Do I find My Spirituality

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 find my spirituality: discovering one’s personal spiritual path is a moving, important experience. Today’s climate of tolerance makes the necessary resources available to you in your quest…


The Cycle of Grief

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 Cycle of Grief: loss of any kind is a harrowing experience, particularly the loss experienced after the death of a loved one. The “hole” or “space” left behind after…


How to Help a Loved One with 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.

Talking Someone Through the Terror: how to help a loved one with anxiety. Suffering with anxiety is a frightening and difficult experience for anyone who’s been through it. Watching…


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…


Death of a Spouse

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.

Death of a Spouse: few events in life are as painful as the death of a spouse. Half of all married couples will experience this loss at some point in…


Denial

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 / Grief Therapy in Philadelphia - Denial: the stage of denial, like all other stages of grieving, effects different people in different ways. Some people experience almost…


Depression Support Group 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.

Ongoing Anxiety & Depression Support Group in Philadelphia NOW FORMING

Do you feel sad, irritable, angry, or indifferent? Have you experienced unexplained episodes of crying? Do you feel guilty or…


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…


Dissecting Panic

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.

Dissecting Panic: Getting at the root of your anxiety  Panic is a real and debilitating manifestation of underlying anxiety. Designed in our prehistoric ancestors to protect the race from extinction…


Effects of Drinking Water on a Diet

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.

Effects of drinking water on a diet: while staying hydrated is important, drinking too much water is unnecessary and can even be medically dangerous. Drinking too much water can cause…


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…


Extreme Sadness

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.

Are you experiencing extreme sadness during pregnancy or postpartum?  Contrary to popular folklore, 15% of pregnant women experience depression. Some are even so severely depressed they attempt suicide. If you…


Fear of Flying

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 Cope With A Fear of Flying / Aviophobia Treatment in Center City Philadelphia

Business meetings. Family gatherings. Relocation. Eventually, for one reason or another, most people will have to…


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…


Feeling Guilty about Experiencing Postpartum Depression

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.

Postpartum Depression Therapy in Philadelphia: Feeling guilty about experiencing postpartum depression

Guilty feelings: throughout the months of pregnancy, women, along with their partners have fantasized about what life would be like…


Good VS Bad 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.

Anxiety Therapy in Philadelphia

Good vs Bad Anxiety: anxiety can be either good or bad for a person. Anxiety is normal and necessary to make sure one survives. Some anxiety is…


Handling Feelings of Anger After Loss

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 / Anger Management Therapy in Philadelphia: Handling Feelings of Anger After Loss

Anger after loss: It’s normal to be mad at the person who died. They left you…


Living with Chronic Fatigue

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.

Written for people living with chronic fatigue, seeking self help therapy that do not live in Philadelphia.

Living with Chronic Fatigue: after a long night of sleep, most of us awake…


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…


What is a Doula

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

What is a doula: A Doula is a coach to support parents-to-be during this transitionary period of labor & delivery as well as the few first few days after the…


Causes of Prenatal and Postpartum Depression

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.

Prenatal and postpartum depression are considered to be a type of mood disorder.

Prenatal depression and postpartum depression are caused by a combination of hormonal changes and life stressors.

During pregnancy women’s…


Children and 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.

Children and Trauma Therapy in Philadelphia: Children can be traumatized by the tragic events they see reported on the news or that happen in their own lives, such as…


Choosing Spirituality

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.

Choosing Spirituality: people often refer to ‘being called’ to their current spiritual path, or even to ‘finding a higher power’ in one place or another. One term denotes a sort…


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…


Categorizing 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.

Categorizing Anxiety: Learn the Difference Between Anxiety Types Anxiety can come in many shapes and sizes. In other words, it does not discriminate between people, nor do those who suffer with…


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…


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 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…


Bipolar Disorder Therapy

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.

Bipolar Disorder Therapy In Philadelphia

Life’s little ups and downs are just that – part of life. Everyone has good days, and everyone has those unpleasant, not so good days. Sometimes…


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…


All Kinds of Grief

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: All Kinds of Grief

Grief comes in many shapes and sizes. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to the grieving process, and there…


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.

Anxiety can be defined as a heightened physical and psychological state wherein individuals often experience a myriad of uncomfortable symptoms such as rapid heart beat, rage, headaches, and hot flashes…


Anxiety Attacks in the Workplace

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 Attacks in the Workplace: You are in an important meeting at work when out of nowhere you begin to tremble.  Your heart starts racing.  You feel nauseated.  A sense…


A Gratitude Tree

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.

Fighting Anxiety Through the Act of Giving Thanks - A Gratitude Tree - Anxiety is a disease of the negative mind. Many of those who suffer with anxiety struggle…


About Loss

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.

Loss Therapy in Philadelphia: 

Loss: Lost your job, your home, a loved one, a beloved pet? There are many forms of loss, and all are felt individually on a very personal…


The 5 Stages of Grief

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 believes that there are 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages of grief comprise a lifetime process, and are not an end in themselves. Each…