Sexual pain in women can hurt more than your sex life. Bergeron, Rosen, and Pukall (2014) suggest, “The experience of sexual pain during intercourse is extremely distressing to both the sufferer and their partner, who may feel confused, guilty, sympathetic and/or deprived. The consequences of this problem extend beyond sexual intercourse and affect individual psychological health, as well as … [Read more...] about The 7 Most Common Psychological Contributors of Sexual Pain in Women
Why Should Psychotherapy be a Part of Vaginismus Treatment and Other Pelvic Pain Issues? Have you ever paid an attention to how vaginismus and its treatment are depicted in the media? How realistic are pelvic pain problems on TV shows and movies? You may be familiar with a TV series called Private Practice. In this medical drama show, an OBGYN joins a group private practice for holistic … [Read more...] about Vaginismus Treatment in the Media
Emotional safety leads to safe conversations. When you know that you can share anything with your partner because they will not judge or criticize you, the quality of your romantic relationship will increase significantly. Similarly, if you have a relationship competency skill, you will provide that emotional safety for your partner and they will be easily able to share their world with you. … [Read more...] about Guidelines for Safe Conversations: Learn to Improve Your Relationship Competency with These 5 Conversation Tips
Tremendous variation exists among abusive styles. An abusive partner may change so much from day to day that he could not belong to any type. It is helpful to keep in mind that an abuser can have days when he turns into a loving, attentive and thoughtful partner. At these times, you may feel that his problems have finally gone away. However, abuse always comes back eventually unless the abuser has … [Read more...] about Ten Types of Abusive Men
Your sleep quality can impact your mental health. Sleep issues are more common than you expect. In a recent study, researchers concluded that 10-18% of adults in the general population have sleep issues (Harvard Medical School, 2019). During the pandemic, falling asleep and staying asleep may be challenging due anxiety impacting your quality of sleep. Sleep issues and mental health issues are … [Read more...] about How Can You Improve Your Sleep Quality During the Pandemic?
Holding yourself appropriately accountable is a crucial skill to have. Inappropriate accountability occurs when you take an unnecessary amount of responsibility. Your automatic thought process comes up with associations and tells you what your responsibility is. Here, I introduce you to the six most common thoughts that I often encounter in the therapy room related to taking on unnecessary amounts … [Read more...] about Are You Taking an Unnecessary Amount of Responsibility?