September 4, 2020

"According to Natalie D’Annibale, PsyD, LMFT in Los Angeles, 'Pedophilia often stems from a personal history of childhood sexual abuse and trauma; potentially normalizing and/or providing a particular sexual homeostasis later sought out to replicate the feeli...

August 2, 2020

"Your relationship has reached a point where it is no longer working for either of you. But you do still love and care about each other, so you don’t want things to end.

Instead, you want to start over in your relationship and make things better this time around.

How do...

June 4, 2020

Trauma bonds occur in very toxic relationships, and tend to be strengthened by inconsistent positive reinforcement—or at least the hope of something better to come. Trauma bonds occur in extreme situations such as abusive relationships, hostage situations, and incestuo...

May 15, 2020

"Overlapping happens towards the end of a relationship that isn’t working, even though one of you might still be fighting for its survival. Or be unaware that the other party is even thinking of breaking up… The overlapper may justify their actions by claiming that the...

"At a time when overdose deaths from opioids and other drugs are rising in many states, addiction specialists worry the changes in a newly isolated America will disrupt the fragile healing process for those who rely on a robust drug-treatment support system. 


March 26, 2020

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"Feeling insecure in a relationship can be awful.

Although there are some relationship insecurities that are totally normal, others can make you wonder if something is wrong with you. If you feel like you're with the right person and that you've done everything you can...

February 21, 2020

Holistic Therapies Heal Body, Mind and Spirit:

Addiction is a complex disease that affects body, mind and spirit, often creating a sharp dissociation between these parts of the self. On the other hand, successful recovery from drugs and alcohol depends on strengthening...

January 13, 2020

We don’t intentionally reject love to preserve a familiar identity. Instead, during times of closeness and intimacy, we react with behaviors that create tension in the relationship and push our loved one away.

Here are some common ways people distance themselves emotion...

November 11, 2019

If you meet a sociopath and you are either a) strong in your religious faith or b) grieving, the sociopath will quickly learn this about you. The sociopath will then use all that they have learned about you in assessment stage, to target you, and... seduce you. 

The soc...

November 2, 2019

Here are 4 topics to discuss with your partner before cohabitating:

1. What are your motivations for living together? Do you see cohabitating as a step toward marriage or a test drive?

2. What are your long term expectations regarding living together? This includes you...

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Romantic Love Is An Addiction; When Healthy, It Is Wonderful, When Unhealthy, Not So Much
In Search Of Erotic Intelligence
Domestic Violence
Why Women (People) Stay
Understanding the Benefits of Marriage and Family Therapy
Bout with Depression Led Dwayne Johnson to
Trust His Intuition
Living with Schizophrenia
The Science Behind
Substance Abuse Relapse
Dolph Lundgren: Healing and Forgiveness of Trauma
Guided Meditation:
Detachment from Rumination
Dealing With Loneliness
While Self-Actualizing
Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong
The Inspiring Story of Auschwitz’ Survivor Dr. Edith Eger

© 2017-2020 by Natalie D'Annibale, PsyD, LMFT