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In part I of this article, published in the August 2018 issue of Counselor, we provided counselors with definitions, a brief overview, and key characteristics of psychopathy. In part II we will clarify the importance of understanding anxiety in psychopaths, provide case studies, and recommend therapeutic treatment options. Anxiety Anxiety can be helpful in both identifying the interconnectedness between anxiety and the aforementioned features of psychopathy and aiding in the understanding of...

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Trauma, Addiction, and the Flight from Intimacy

Submitted by Janae Weinhold on fri, 10/01/2018

In today’s hectic, fragmented world almost everyone wants more emotional connection and physical intimacy to help balance our increasingly technological lifestyles. In intimate relationships we feel safe to talk about our deepest and most personal feelings, thoughts, and problems without judgment, criticism, ridicule, or betrayal of confidence. Authentic intimacy supports an inner journey, allowing a soul-to-soul connections with others within which we can share both our wounds and our...

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Prodependence: A New Paradigm for Relational Counseling

Submitted by Robert Weiss on fri, 10/01/2018

In my practice and my writing, I use the term “prodependence” to describe healthy interdependence and intimacy in the modern world. For me, prodependence is the logical, expected, adult-life outcome of healthy childhood attachment and development. With prodependence, we care for, watch out for, and support our loved ones—at times to our own detriment—and they do the same for us. Prodependent relationships are (ultimately) mutually beneficial, with one person’s strengths filling in the weak...

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Evaluating a Program for Concerned Family Members of Individuals with SUDs

Submitted by William Denomme on fri, 10/01/2018

Substance use disorders (SUDs) have been noted to have a substantial and detrimental impact on concerned family members (CFMs). This population—including parents, siblings, and spouses—reported a wide range of health-related issues attributable to their loved ones’ substance misuse, including psychopathological symptoms, chronic pain, headaches, fatigue, substance abuse, heart disease, diabetes, and asthma (Chassin, Pitts, DeLucia, & Todd, 1999; Lee et al., 2011; Hudson, Kirby, Clements,...

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