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Living Like We Get the Joke
Written by Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C.   


allison nametitleDo you remember the classic “No Soap, Radio” joke? It was very popular in my elementary school. It was basically a con job - a joke that made no sense and wasn’t funny. A group of kids would be in on it. One would tell the joke and the others would go hysterical with laughter. You would select one poor, unsuspecting kid who wasn’t in on the joke and try to convince him or her that it was sooo funny and didn’t they get it? Looking back, I guess I could say that it was an early foray into the world of psychological testing. Those with stronger character would admit it wasn’t funny, but most would eventually go along, not wanting to look stupid. It wasn’t meant to be mean…just fun, especially because most who were in on it had been duped before and were just paying it forward.

It’s actually very similar to 'The Emperor’s New Clothes' - a favorite story of mine. The King is duped by two con men into paying for very expensive and “special” clothing that only the smartest people can see. Going along with it, he parades through the Kingdom in his birthday suit. A child shouts out “He’s naked!” and finally everyone has to admit it.

Wanting to look smart, we often look foolish.


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What Couples Want and How Couple Counseling Can Help
Written by Maria C. Ramos, MS MFT   


couple silhouetteThe number of couples seeking counseling has undoubtedly increased in recent years, and while some might view this fact in a negative light it actually shows an increase in couples dedicated to resolving what has somehow "gone wrong" in their relationships. While it was once more common to see women inititating the desire to seek counseling, in more recent years, men are increasingly seeking assistance in working out their relationship issues.

It has been my experience that men and women seek many similar qualities within their relationships. Both want respect, acceptance, understanding, open communication, reciprocated love, and quality time with their partner, physical intimacy, and equal partnership.  Couples many times experience dissatifaction in their relationship when sensing a deficiency in any of these important areas.  While many believe that lack of intimacy may be the main cause of couples that seek counseling, in actuality, it is more often the lack of feeling understood or loved, which can result in physical issues within the relationship.


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Overcoming Traumatic Events: Living In The Freedom Of The Love Perspective
Written by Margaret Vasquez, LPC, CTT, CITTI   

margaretvasquezThere are two ways of living – living out of love or living out of fear. Unfortunately, traumatic wounds can prevent us from living in the experiential awareness of God’s love for us. In that case, we are left to view ourselves, our world and our situation through the eyes of fear.

We “expect with alarm” as Merriam-Webster defines fear. When traumatic events happen, we more often than not view them in light of that alarm. Thus, the fearful expectation is the prophecy and the perception of the event itself is the self-fulfillment.

For example; If when we live out of fear and are delayed in getting to work due to spilling something on our clothes and we conclude that the day is going to be botched.  We then get ourselves into an emotional set-up for a crappy day - and not thinking clearly - and so the day is botched. But, when we live in the experiential awareness of God’s infinite, unconditional love, we thank God for His wisdom and omniscience and loving hand and we trust that He has allowed that delay and will use it for His LOVING purpose.


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Catholic Psychotherapy Association - Annual Conference 2014


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ct angel"When Jesus saw the vast crowd His heart was moved with pity, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things."
Mark 6:34