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Posts by Tiffany McLain

To Have or Have Not: Regretting the Child Choice

“I don’t think I would… No. Sometimes, I do.” Olivia,* was silent for a long moment. It hung between us, this silence. Then, finally, “If I could wave a magic wand and make this all go away, I would.” Were she talking about kidney stones, or credit card debt, we would all nod along, reassured…

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Why Silence in Therapy is Good

If you were to meet me at a party, you might describe me as rambunctious, animated and a little irreverent. I like my coffee black and I like my humor crass. So, it may surprise you to know that once I don my therapist scarf (or fingerless gloves, as may be the case), I tend…

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How to Survive Your In-Laws During the Holidays

You needn’t look far to find examples of loving couples who become completely unraveled over the mere mention of spending time with the in-laws. Though the ding-dong of the in-law’s doorbell may sound like a relationship death knell, there are ways to survive (and even have fun…?) when visiting your partner’s family this holiday season.…

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How Much Should I Pay For Therapy?

Let’s be real. Money is, well… complicated. Dread. Shame. Desperation. Terror. Guilt. Frustration. Desire. Envy. These are just a few of the feelings that overtake us when considering our financial situation. None of us are immune to the emotional complexities that money stirs up. If you are in a relationship with another human being, money…

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Do Good or Make Money: Which Side are YOU on?

For those of us in the helping professions – therapists, social workers, psychologists – there is a split that divides us. It goes something like this: There are those of us who are in the field to “help people” and those of us who are just here to “make money.” Or at least that’s the…

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