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Therapy Blog for Counseling in Sacramento - Relationship Therapy Center

Is Premarital Counseling Really Necessary?

Nancy Ryan

Creating a happy, lasting relationship should be something that you are focused on right from the start. The way to do that is through premarital counseling. Maybe you think that premarital counseling a waste of time. You could be thinking “do we really need counseling if we are not having a religious ceremony?” The answer is a resounding yes!

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5 Reasons Why Every Man Should Go To Therapy

Nancy Ryan

Men are a lot less likely than women to seek help for all kinds of issues, including depression, medical problems, and substance abuse. The reason for this is because of the traditional role that men have taken on in our society. Historically, they are seen as unemotional, independent and tough. Although things are changing somewhat, this stereotype of men persists. The problem is that it has adverse effects on men's health and happiness.1 So, why should men go to therapy? Counseling can benefit men in many ways.

Here are just a few of them.

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Relapse During Recovery - Does It Equal Failure?

Nancy Ryan

Relapse does not mean that your recovery has failed. Relapse is a normal part of recovery.

Addiction is a chronic and complex disease. Drugs change the way the brain works. This fact makes quitting very hard even for people that want to stop. The chronic nature of addiction means that relapse is bound to happen. Relapse occurs in drug dependence just as it does in other chronic medical illnesses like asthma and heart disease.

Tips for Dealing With Relapse  

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4 Proven Treatments for Depression

Nancy Ryan

Major depression can make you feel hopeless and helpless. You might think that you will never find the right treatment. However, this belief is not true. There is a lot that you can do to fight back against depression. Depression is treatable. Most people get better with treatment.

Are you wondering what treatments are available for depression that will actually help? I’ve examined tons of studies to determine what works and what doesn’t. Here are four proven depression treatments.

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How To Ease The Pain Of Divorce

Nancy Ryan

When you get a divorce or separation, it is not just your relationship or marital status that changes. You have to adjust to a new role. Plus, it can be hard to say goodbye emotionally. Even if the relationship was not healthy, you will likely still experience grief after a separation. Emotions are complicated. It can take a long time to heal and deal with the shift that comes with starting your life over again.

Here are a few ways to ease the pain of divorce even if you were the one that chose to end things.

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3 Best Tools For Dealing With Anxiety

Nancy Ryan

While some anxiety is healthy, it can be crippling if it takes over your life. It may stop you from living fully. When stress gets to the point that it interferes with daily activities or prevents you from going places, then it is important to find tools for dealing with it. If left untreated, anxiety is detrimental to physical health. It can cause upset stomach, loss of libido, headaches and more. Here are three tools that I've found especially helpful for anxiety.

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Co-Parenting After a Divorce: Make It Work For You

Nancy Ryan

Co-parenting after a divorce is hard. Here are some tips to make it easier.

If you have ever argued with your ex-spouse in front of the kids, talked badly about the other parent while they are not around or refused to allow your ex-spouse to visit with the kids, then you are doing co-parenting all wrong. However, you are not alone. In my practice, I’ve learned that co-parenting is often one of the hardest things that come with getting a divorce.

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5 Signs Of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Nancy Ryan

The word “narcissist” gets casually thrown around a lot. Maybe a co-worker uses the word to describe a particularly demanding boss. The media often use the word to talk about a self-centered actor or politician. To make matters even more confusing, a person who has a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) can be quite charismatic and likable — at least on the surface. So, how do you know if you are dealing with a person who might have narcissistic personality disorder? Here are some classic signs of narcissistic personality disorder.

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