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Kimberlee Auerbach
Therapy Thursdays: Blogging. Therapeutic Or Plain Anxiety-Provoking?
7 Comments | posted April 12th, 2007 at 09:33 am by Kimberlee Auerbach

Blogging, for me, is kind of like being drunk and deciding to get a tattoo. It’s fun, reckless. Permanent. Once it’s out there, it’s out there. Sure, you can erase it, pretend it never happened, but someone somewhere saw it.

While I was writing my book, I showed it to friends, I showed it to my writers group. I got feedback from my editor. Someone caught a typo here, a grammatical error there. A leap in logic. A misused word. I got check marks, compliments and reassurance. It made the whole process feel safe.

Blogging, on the other hand, is self-edited, off-the-cuff and raw.

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Joie Jager-Hyman
Kidz Today: When the Child Becomes the Parent
5 Comments | posted April 11th, 2007 at 11:05 am by Joie Jager-Hyman

I’m getting married at the end of July, which means that I am participating in a cultural tradition known as “the wedding.” Like most cultural traditions, “the wedding” can feel a big alienating at times. Sure, you identify with it, insofar as you’ve been to other weddings and you recognize the symbolism (white dress, fancy ring, lots of flowers etc.), but when it happens to you, the whole thing can feel a little strange. Perhaps the strangest thing of all is how wonderful it can be. I would never have predicted that I would find such a lasting love, someone that I want to make part of my family.

Speaking of family, that’s another thing about getting married: you get another family. Soon, I will have four parents. More parents eventually means more people to care for. Caring for others can be quite rewarding, and there is a wide range of potential experiences in this regard. However, our parents will get older. We will have to mitigate new relationships with them as they age. This is just part of the life cycle, for better or worse (richer or poorer, you know the drill).

Of course, they could have done a little more to help us out. Unless something changes–and Baby Boomers start planning for retirement and aging–our generation is pretty much screwed.

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Kimberlee Auerbach
Therapy Thursdays: Cliff Notes
4 Comments | posted March 29th, 2007 at 05:35 pm by Kimberlee Auerbach

Ever wonder about the difference between cognitive therapy and psychoanalysis? Neuropsychology and Psychiatry? Or is it a toss up between life coach and philosophical counselor for you?

I was talking to Theo about therapy on our way back to the city from writers group the other night. I was saying how hard it is to find the right therapist when you’re depressed, how your power of assessment is lower when you’re vulnerable, how it’s close to impossible to know if someone is a quack when you’re desperate.

My father used to say that only 1% of any professional is competent and that there is no real way to determine the competency of therapists. Sure, reputations develop. Trustworthy people give referrals. You can look up criminal records. But how do you really know if you are seeing someone good? Or should I say, good for you?

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Kimberlee Auerbach
Therapy Thursdays: How Many Therapists Does It Take To Be Happy?
4 Comments | posted March 22nd, 2007 at 03:32 pm by Kimberlee Auerbach

Therapy Thursdays is a weekly column on therapy appearing Thursdays.

Over the past ten years, I have been in individual therapy with five different therapists.

Three women. Two men.

My first therapist was an older man with a mustache, who liked using sports analogies to make a point. He was the coach for his son’s swimming team and would say to me, “I tell my kids all the time, go with your stroke.”

I had no idea what the hell he was talking about.

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Joie Jager-Hyman
Kidz Today: Kidz Today are Screwed
3 Comments | posted March 21st, 2007 at 12:35 pm by Joie Jager-Hyman

Imagine this:

You are in your own house. It is the place where you wake up each morning and lay your head each night. It is your refuge from the world’s turmoil. It is the structure that contains your life’s possessions.

All of the sudden, there is water everywhere. And it is rising fast, seeping in through the walls, gushing in from the windows. Outside, you can see floating red balls. They are massive nests of fire ants with a queen that is surely in panic. They take loft to escape the water moccasins, poisonous water snakes that threaten humans and ants alike.

The water continues to rise. Cockroaches and rats come up from the sewers and canals seeking dry land all around you. You pile up your furniture to get to higher ground. The water keeps rising.

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Kimberlee Auerbach
Therapy Thursdays: Celebrating Men, Satisfying Women
1 Comment | posted March 15th, 2007 at 05:17 pm by Kimberlee Auerbach

For all you seekers out there, I’m your gal.

I’ve been to an astrologer named Rakesh, a few tarot readers, a Reiki Master, a craniosacral therapist, an intuitive acupuncturist, a hypnotherapist, a therapist with a PhD and a couples therapist.

I know therapy. I know healing. I got you covered.

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Kate Torgovnick
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Live Forever.
2 Comments | posted March 06th, 2007 at 10:06 am by Kate Torgovnick

In a previous life (fine, four months ago), I was a health editor at Jane Magazine. I constantly was flipping through medical journals and Google searching for health news that could inspire an article. In the process, it never failed to amaze me just how many studies are going on at any given moment about things that make people live longer. Below is a (nearly) exhaustive list, from being tall to drinking donkey milk. I’ve divided it into two lists: “Things that make you live longer” and “Things linked to kicking the bucket earlier.” If you see more of yourself in list #1, kudos and I’ll help plan your 90th birthday party. And if you recognize yourself more in list #2, well, you didn’t really want to be 103 anyway. Here goes…

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