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By Alicia del Prado, PhD

Broaching microaggressions that occur in therapy tends to be challenging. As the therapist, you are faced with the decision to address the microaggression or let it go. This choice is difficult for many therapists who don’t want to hurt the therapeutic alliance, but also want to be transparent about their commitment to social justice.

By Ora North, author of I Don't Want to be an Empath Anymore

I sat across from him at the restaurant. His eyes were kind, and he had a clever smile that hinted at both mischief and innocence; a rarity in the dating world. I’d met him before and had chatted with him a bit. On this particular day, though, he said something that hit me strangely.

“More than anything, I just want to make you happy,” he said.

By Michelle Frank, PsyD, coauthor of A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD

One of the first lines in our new book, A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD, makes a bold claim: “Instead of trying to fix yourself, you can learn to be yourself.” I’ve noticed an interesting pattern in how people respond to this idea.

By Julie Kraft, MA, LMFT

“I can’t help it,” Christine says. “When he makes that face at me, I just start yelling.” Her husband, Bob, is just as sure that when he hears “that tone,” it is his cue to storm out of the house.

Sabrina tells me, “I can’t stop eating. As soon as the kids are in bed, it’s just on.”

Jack comes in for “anger issues.” His girlfriend is terrified of the way he responds to other drivers. “If you cut me off,” he says, “you’re not gonna get away with it.”

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