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Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in Behavioral Health

Written by Dr. Frederic Reamer What do the following circumstances have in common? Each of these situations involves what are commonly called boundary issues. Boundary issues occur when behavioral health practitioners establish multiple relationships with clients or former clients, whether professional, social, or business. These typically involve dual (or multiple) relationships. Not all dual and …

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Why I Specialize in Suicide

Written by: Anna Lieber, MS, LCMHC, NCC/CCMHC I don’t know why I am still surprised at times that I have devoted most of my career to understanding why people have suicidal behaviors and how to provide treatment. When I really think about it, I have known about suicide and self-harm most of my life. My …

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What Does Research Say About The Enneagram Personality Typology System (EPS)?

Written by Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine, LCSW How legitimate is the enneagram personality typology system (EPS)? In 2021, researcher Joshua Hook and his colleagues set out to discover what is known about the EPS in the available scientific literature. According to the comprehensive literature review conducted by Hook et al. (2021), there are only 104 …

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Should We Rethink Early Intervention?

Written by Iris Mehler, MS, CRC & Alma Schneider, LCSW For parents with newly diagnosed children, it seems like early intervention is the holy grail. They think this is where they should put most of their effort; to make sure their children receive as many interventions as early as possible. Sometimes early intervention seems to …

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The Three Centers of Awareness: The Enneagram’s Usefulness in Dealing With Triggers

Written by: Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine, LCSW Enneagram theory holds that there are three primary ways that humans interact with the world: through the mind, through the heart, and through the body. The mind is the seat of our concepts, beliefs, and judgments and a reified sense of self. The heart is our relational center …

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The Importance of Introspection: A Daily Examen for Each Enneagram Type

Written by: Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine, LCSW The Enneagram Personality Typology System Over ten years ago now, a dear friend of mine kept asking me to take the enneagram personality assessment. I was resistant at first. You see, I work as a psychotherapist, as well as a spiritual director, and didn’t want to look at …

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Why the Enneagram?

Written by: Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine, LCSW Life in a Pandemic How do we cultivate peace and achieve a sense of wellbeing in the course of everyday life during a pandemic? Addressing psychological and emotional suffering is a significant concern in the United States today. In 2019, 19.2% of adults in the United States received …

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How To Make Lasting Changes and Suffer Less

Written by: Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine, LCSW Do you notice that there is a pattern of negative consequences in your life that seems to reoccur like clockwork? I realized a long time ago that some of my thoughts and behaviors were not serving me based on the repercussions in my life, so I decided to …

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Nonconsensual Image Sharing and Sexting Stigma

Written by: Brittany Hunt, LCSWClinical Oversight Specialist at TPN.health In our increasingly digital world, we get our makeup tips on Youtube, our news on Twitter, and our dance moves on TikTok. So many aspects of our lives have moved entirely or in part online, including how we interact romantically. In a short span of time, …

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The Stigma of Enabling Behaviors

Written by: Maria A. Avila, LMFT, MCAP Many of us are all too familiar with the concept that came out in the 1980s that described how family members perpetuated the vicious cycle of addiction. “Enabling” behaviors offered examples of how families responded and coped with their loved one’s struggle with substance use disorders and how …

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