December 29, 2016

Reversing the Trap of Addiction – Interview

ADDICTION

Lenore Engelhardt, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers deals with many core psychological issues in her practice, including depression, anxiety, codependency and relationship, often specializing with clients having recovery issues. In this program, we will look at various types of addiction, including drug, alcohol, tobacco and food, which are often attempts to fill an emptiness which unfortunately can lead to the destruction of everything that a person might value- including friends, family, employment, health and even life itself. Another addictive side issue is the co-dependent helper of the addicted personality who often tends to cleave to this personality after one or another relationship fails.

This program also deals with the number one addiction in the United States, the food addiction to processed and sugar-laden foods with has led to obesity, diabetes, numerous allergies and so many other conditions. Lenore is a thoughtful and experienced recovery expert and it might be helpful to share this program with those who need it.

Atlanta Counseling Center for Empowerment & Change
1803 Streamview DR SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30316

To Schedule an Office Visit or Skype Video Sessions
+1 404 212 0792

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December 29, 2016

The Nature of Relationships Creating Open Lines of Communication

RELATIONSHIPS

What is communication? Communication is not just about verbalizing, one to another. Although this must be present, there is a much deeper level that occurs between people where one feels safe, one feels understood.

Communication may include agreeing or disagreeing with another. Often couples are unhappy when their partner does not agree with their particular point of view.

We cannot force connectedness. Sometimes if we are out of sorts with each other, letting it be and accepting this will allow things to go back into a harmonious situation. Be patient and wait. In our world of instant gratification this is hard. But it has its rewards. It gives the other person space to think things over and respond. Otherwise we may abort the other’s response and never really and truly hear what he has to say.

Empathy is essential to good communication. Empathy is the ability to recognize the other person’s view accurately. It involves being able to find answers instead of sinking into an uncompromising stance. Empathy allows the other to feel respected, accepted and valued. It teaches us to make close friends with our partner and keeps misunderstandings to a minimum. By avoiding being offensive, we begin to focus on the feelings of both individuals instead of just on our own.

To be empathetic suggests caring about another’s feelings and responding to them with an appropriate emotion. We have to learn to recognize another’s sufferings and know how to console and comfort them. If we have difficulty with this, we can ask them how they feel and what we can do to help and support them. So we are not guessing what is happening.

To create good communication, we must set up a safe place for that to take place. We cannot expect the other to be open and receptive if we are approaching them with an angry or combative stance. We must learn to express our own feelings without being verbally abusive, condemning or debasing.

Our own process must include a great concern for the other person’s needs and temperament. Two people do not have to have similar personalities to communicate. But each needs to know what the other requires in order to feel heard. Then we can work toward giving it to them.

In this way we assure our own growth and the growth of our significant other. We must work toward mutual satisfaction and fulfillment. We will then have a relationship that continues to become more valuable and worthwhile.

Atlanta Counseling Center for Empowerment & Change
1803 Streamview DR SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30316

To Schedule an Office Visit or Skype Video Sessions
+1 404 212 0792

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