• Triggers for Trouble (Especially Boredom)

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • June 2, 2012
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    Any addictions counselor worth their salt, will ask a client trying to maintain their recovery to compile a list of triggers for their possible relapse. For example, weddings can be a huge trigger for people in the beginning of recovery.....all that free booze floating around is a terrible temptation or… Continue Reading

  • Repair is Crucial in Relationships

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • April 5, 2010
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    I was in Cleveland working in a group of therapists when someone asked Mari Creelman what to do about this impossible task of mistakes when parenting. She looked at him and responded, "Be honest about your mistakes, that's how trust builds." I believe this advice works for all relationships. It… Continue Reading

  • Making Distinctions About Guilt; Instead of Suffering from It

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • July 27, 2009
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    Guilt is a complicated business because there are two sides to it. Of course, there is a good aspect to guilt. Guilt is supposed to be a pinch to remind us to do the right thing even if we don't feel like it. Guilt is like the penalty fee on… Continue Reading

  • Couples & Anger: Two Choices Revealed in Two Movies

    • Rhoda Mills Sommer
    • June 16, 2009
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    Anger is a tricky business. Anger is important to adolescents because it creates distance and a sense of power when they are frustrated by parents. Anger is an important tool when used constructively. Anger is about making room for the differences. When anger is ugly it erases people and the… Continue Reading

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