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Dr. Kathryn Smerling’s blog reflects her thoughtful approach. It is intended to provide readers with both philosophical and practical advice, which can be integrated into their lives. This approach supports her belief that therapy is not limited to the office or the couch, but instead provides a powerful choice for a better life overall.

Please feel free to comment on the blog and engage in conversation with Dr. Smerling. You’ll also find recommended readings associated with the blog that may help in furthering your understanding of the topics covered.

Peace on the Table

Thanksgiving is long past; Christmas and Hanukkah arrive in a couple of days. If you escaped political dissension during the former, consider yourself one of the lucky few! Hunkering down to the December holidays (and yet more time with loved ones) may mean additional...

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Ten years ago there were only two options for the women of La Boquilla, a poor neighborhood in Cartagena, Colombia. The choice was simple: either a woman stayed home, bore children, cleaned and served her husband; or she could sell herself sexually. Thankfully, this...

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What Happens When You Don’t Face Your Fears?

The violence of the past weeks is personally frightening and collectively overwhelming, and it’s only building on what’s happened in the recent past. According to PBS Newshour, in 2015 alone, there were 372 mass shootings in the U.S., killing 475 and wounding 1,870....

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Helping Soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The emotional life of soldiers has long been pushed into the shadows. It seems to go with the territory. After all, acting as an effective member of the military requires following orders and doing whatever is required to defend your country against the enemy—at all...

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The Art of Blending Families

Blended families are an ever-evolving dynamic which, when nurtured, can be immensely functional and inclusive. But, creating that blended family is nothing short of a skillful work of emotional art. Brick by brick, building a patchwork family out of the shards of what...

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Eye-To-Eye, or Screen-To-Screen?

Quick – how many friends do you have? No, don’t just include your bosom buddies, or long-time loyal shoulders-to-cry-on; how many friends, in the real, and the virtual world? If you’re like most of us, then you probably will need time and a calculator to add them all...

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What Do Selfies Do to Our Experiences?

I just returned from a moving and enlightening trip to Peru, visiting the Andes, Machu Pichu, and the Sacred Valley. Everywhere we went I was awestruck by the beauty of a culture and people who had to work intimately with nature to preserve their history and arts....

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