Wellness and General Mental Health Concerns
Therapy in Philadelphia:
Anxiety and Panic
Children and Families
Chronic Illness and Chronic Pain
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Pregnancy and Parenting
Relationship and Marital Problems
Sexuality and Sexual health
When does venting turn into something we call “trauma dumping”? At what point does our venting turn into something more toxic to those around us? I think most of us could agree that life just gets really hard sometimes and comes with many challenges. Sometimes these challenges leave us wanting extra attention or support from […]
Grief Therapy Services in Ocean City NJ, Philadelphia PA, Mechanicsville VA, Santa Fe NM GA and FL: In addition to general issues of grief & loss, we have several therapists whose mission is to work with people who have experienced babyloss. Grief therapy can be very useful and effective to help individuals cope with the emotions […]
How To Build Trust With Yourself: Take a moment to think about how you build trust with a close friend, significant other, or relative. This might look different for all of us, but there are some qualities we look for in relationships that are quite common. These include loyalty, acceptance, kindness, humor, playfulness, dependability, nurturing, […]
Why You Should Make Time for Yourself in Your Sex Life… a new relationship can be CONSUMING, in both a wonderful way and an overwhelming way at times! Newly intimate individuals typically dive in head first and forget to come up for air, sound familiar at all? Maybe you still find yourself feeling this […]
Sex after a break up: Going through a breakup can be difficult for several reasons. However, just because a relationship ends does not mean that one’s needs instantly go away. The person will likely want to have new sexual partners. However, knowing when to have sex after a breakup can be challenging, and fortunately, this […]
There are so many thoughts and feelings that come up when you are either giving or receiving feedback. Why does feedback so often feel like a negative experience when it’s such an essential part of most relationships (both interpersonal and professional)? When feeling negative emotions surface from a feedback experience (whether you were the one […]
Affirmations Vs. IF-ermations Have you ever found yourself feeling affirmations aren’t as helpful as everyone claims they are? Do you ever feel affirmations are failed attempts to convince yourself of your own abilities? You might find affirmations are everywhere! They can be found incorporated into internet ads, billboards, bumper sticks, t-shirts, coffee mugs, stickers, etc… […]
The disease Covid-19 needs little explanation. It has affected nearly every country on the globe. However, Covid-19 has also influenced life on a micro level. People are forced to stay at home, which influences finances, parenting, and social connections. However, Covid-19 also affects sexual expression. If you’re someone who cares about sexual satisfaction, this […]
Conflict Resolution Tool – Time Out: Every couple has disagreements. If you are with a partner long enough you are bound to come across something in which you two have opposing views and that’s completely normal. But once in a while (or rather frequently for some) there comes a point in a disagreement where emotions […]
Shannon Oliver-O’Neil, MSW, LCSW: Sexuality is an integral part of many people’s lives. Sexual issues can create conflict, confusion and pain in the ways we relate to ourselves and others. Every person deserves to feel sexually confident, healthy and safe. As your therapist, I will work with you to identify barriers and create tools to move […]
Angie Dion, LMFT EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Clinical Supervisor People Acting to Help, Philadelphia, PA August 2018- present Provide clinical supervision to community mental health professionals, oversee cases and attend to administrative tasks. Facilitate individual and group supervision. Outpatient Therapist Child Guidance Resource Centers, Havertown, PA June 2013-June 2015 Provide therapy to children and […]
JENNIFER L. FOUST, Ph.D., M.S., LPC BOOK APPOINTMENT WITH DOCTOR FOUST 267-262-8515 EDUCATION December 2010 Widener University Chester, PA Doctor of Philosophy in Human Sexuality June 1999 Northeastern University Boston, MA Master of Science in Counseling Psychology May 1995 Millersville University Millersville, PA Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology and […]
Learning how to develop more agency can be particularly useful for people who are codependent or simply tend to be givers in relationships. Giving is a great quality to have in successful relationships. When giving to your friends is healthiest, giving makes you feel good about yourself and your relationships. An unhealthy level of giving […]
In the Early Stages of Dating, Knowing When to Break Up Questions to ask yourself when debating a breakup: You have felt stuck in your relationship for a while now. You go back and forth about breaking up with your partner all the time. You are feeling lost. These feelings seem to be spilling out […]
Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt is a university professor, administrator, and private therapist with over a decade’s worth of experience in the field of clinical social work. She received a Master of Social Work, Master of Bioethics, and Doctor of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently the Assistant Director of the Doctor […]
Stress Reduction: The 4 Elements Exercise We all have the need for stress reduction in our lives, whether it’s a onetime stressor, such as a big exam or meeting a significant other’s parents for the first time, while some stressors stay with you, such as struggles with work, conflict with a loved one, or financial […]
Supporting your Depressed Partner: Having a partner to share your life with can be a very rewarding and life changing experience. There may be times in most relationships however, when someone’s viewpoint and way of life may not match their loved one. When you add a mental health struggle to this scenario, this could drive […]
Do you find yourself bringing past fights into current fights with your partner? Do you hold back talking to your partner because you’re holding a grudge? Have issues popped up, without warning, which creates a bigger fight than anticipated? You may need to utilize the Parking Lot of Emotions. Often times, we find ourselves in […]
Have you ever found yourself saying to your partner “you never show me you love me” or, “you don’t even acknowledge when I tell you I love you?” You may be experiencing a difference in your languages of love. Just like English, Spanish, Mandarin, love is a language that we all speak. Think of your […]
You found your partner’s name linked to the Ashley Madison Site. Now What? The identity of millions of Ashley Madison users have been revealed, which means millions of partners are either reeling from the reveal, questioning whether to look for their partner’s name in the database, and some are simply unaware their partner has been […]
Resolving Conflict: Understanding Your Partner’s Point of View The Scenario: Two lovers in a heated fight: One person thinking “You make me so mad! If you would have just done “it” the way I wanted we would not have be in this argument right now!” The other person is sitting on the opposite side […]
You’ve been thinking about sex all day; the last thing you want is another night where you and your partner don’t connect in the way you need. How might you be contributing to creating an evening where sex isn’t appealing? Could you change your nightly routine to ensure you’re getting the sex you desire? Some […]
The Power of Compliments: Learn how to give your woman more detailed and specific compliments, her self confidence will improve and your appreciation for her will be enhanced. The Power of Compliments: Compliments can become few and far between in relationships, and worse, the compliments can often become stale or too general. As nice as […]
Parenting and ADHD/ADD during Homework and at Home Task Times Parenting can be a challenge all on its own! What is even more challenging is learning how to manage your child’s ADHD/ADD in their daily routine, specifically during homework and at home tasks. If you find that you are struggling with this issue, continue reading […]
Redefining your sexual values is one aspect of the overall process of redefining yourself, separate from your former spouse. It’s natural to mold yourself around the needs of others, particularly in a long-term relationship or marriage. Much of this is automatic; so much so that you may not have recognized the parts of your “self” […]
The four horsemen of communication – a common theme among married couples is that anger and fighting are viewed as negative within the relationship. According to John Gottman, a leader in couple’s counseling and research, the release of anger can be positive within the relationship. Anger becomes problematic only when it is released in what […]
You just broke up with your partner, and you now find yourself with an enormous amount of energy that you used to spend on that person. Take this opportunity to re-center that energy onto yourself. Often times, people tend to use this energy in the wrong way. You obsess about what you did wrong or […]
The pregnant partner isn’t the only one experiencing change during sex. For the husband, how he views his wife, and what attracts him to his wife can change, and ideally for the positive. In the above letter, this specific husband now sees his wife as sexier with her new curves, and with more confidence. He […]
In determining the ideal time to have a baby, there are many aspects of life to explore and discuss. If no answer jumps out right away, then it’s important to keep having these discussions because you will notice over time and depending on what’s going on with your life at the time, you’re answers (and […]
Teen coping: Your teen may cope with death in various ways. You may be able to identify their experience of grief by observing their expressed sad mood. For others it can be quite difficult to pin point their level of grief. What may appear to be typical behaviors and moods may actually be insidious symptoms […]
Many turn to interventions when confronting a loved one’s sex addiction, drinking problem, or an inability to manage their bipolar disorder, etc. The person’s life is spiraling out of control and it’s only a matter of time until the unspeakable happens. An intervention is typically chosen when family and friends feel that their loved one’s […]
What to expect in supervision at The Center For Growth / Sex Therapy In Philadelphia? Supervision is core to our robust training program.
Risk Factors for Anorexia Nervosa: While anyone can develop this disorder, certain people are more likely than others to suffer from it
recognize eating disorders – In today’s world, you can barely go anywhere in New Jersey, Delaware or Pennsylvania or do anything without having a certain body-image ideal brought to your attention.
Pre-marital counseling and intimacy enhancement course is an individualized three hour course for all ages. This targeted counseling service is safe, fun and reasonably priced. and can change your marriage for the better. Call today to learn more and enroll.
Postpartum depression in Philadelphia, or PPD is a common problem facing new moms in Philadelphia that should not be ignored. An overview.
Personality Profiles Anorexia: People with Anorexia Nervosa are usually persistent, conscientious, competitive and driven to succeed types of people.
Michele Gill McKenna resume / CV. She is a play therapist at the Center for Growth / Sex Therapy in Philadelphia.
Medical Doctors and Anorexia: Why is seeing a medical doctor so important with Anorexia?
Marriage Counseling Philadelphia. Many people have marital problems that have nothing to do with sex. Sex Therapists at Sex Therapy in Philadelphia / Center for Growth are all MARRIAGE COUNSELORS and then have gone on and done specialized training to also be able to work with issues that arise in the bedroom.
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Depression and sex. How does your depression effect your sexuality.
During pregnancy couples experience many emotional changes. Learn what they are, and how to prepare you and your partner for them.
Feeling down vs Depression We All Go Through Slumps in Philadelphia…Here’s How You can Tell If It’s Something More.
How to get the most out of couples therapy: you have made an important choice: to invest in the improvement of your relationship. By developing appropriate expectations and following a few suggestions, your investment in couples therapy can reap great rewards. This document is designed to help you get the most benefit from our work […]
Improving Relationships – Requires Taking Action Depending on the severity of the imbalance in your relationship, you may want to seek help from a couple’s counselor. Some men see a desire for counseling as weakness, an inability to solve personal problems on your own, but this is not true at all! A counselor is not […]
Deepening a conversation — Imago Style Sometimes having a “deep” or “vulnerable” conversation with a friend, family member or lover can feel so elusive. It’s easy not to know what to say and to keep the conversation on a surface — but engaging level. In fact, one can spend endless hours discussing the weather, politics, […]
Anorexia Nervosa – How to help your child in treatment recover from Anorexia Nervosa at the Center for Growth <!–written by : Marion Goertz, DMin, RMFT –>To address child’s anxiety: Listen with compassion Ask if you can give them a hug or hold their hand Help them identify their sources of stress outside of the […]
Giving too much. Recognizing the issue.
Feelings about entering therapy for Anorexia Nervosa
Eating Disorders Treatment in Center City Philadelphia. Recognize and Respond.
The Eating Disorder voice verbally abuses people with Anorexia.
The How To’s for a Dynamic Relationship
Depression Therapy in Phila: typically people with depression go to social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, psychotherapists for help.
Depression Support Group in Center City Philadelphia. This group is unrelated to sex therapy. Call 267-324-9564 for more information.
Dating after loss: knowing when to start dating after loosing a spouse or significant other is one of the difficult tasks that accompanies loosing the person. There are many factors that need to be addressed before the decision to start dating again can be made.
Coping with Stress and Anxiety – So what do you do if you are experiencing stress and anxiety? How can you cope with it? At Center for Growth, these are some of the techniques will teach you.
Confronting the abuser is a technique that may be utilized in sex abuse / trauma treatment.the goal of confronting your abuser is for you to regain your voice and re-do things so that you can play an active role. You can change the outcome of history for others who would be affected by the abuser, […]
Should I tell my partner about being in counseling the decision to tell a partner that you are in counseling can be a difficult and anxiety producing one to make. There are no right or wrong answers – just different choices with different consequences.
Avoid the Top 10 Marriage Zappers
Anxiety & Depression Counseling Group in Philly
Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia About Anxiety Suddenly you’re overcome with an intense fear or sense of gloom. You feel as though you want to run, but don’t know why.
Anorexia Nervosa is a psychological disorder characterized by an obsession to be thin and a distorted body image that drives people to be medically underweight.
Anorexia Nervosa in Philadelphia
Anorexia Nervosa (Purging Type)
Anorexia and the Doctor
Successful relationships require you to accept your partner’s limitations. Struggling? Try this exercise.
Single being single is a relationship style where a person is sexually and/or romantically unattached.
Fuck buddies are a form of sexual relationship that does not include a romantic or emotional component. The benefits / drawbacks are . . .