Fiona MacDonald Sperry
I provide Psychotherapy specializing in Adoption, Infertility, LGCTQIA+, Addiction and Couples. I al
Fiona MacDonald Sperry
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13 Signs You Grew Up With A Toxic Parent & Didn't Know It
Growing up with a toxic parent isn't always obvious. Certain traits that come out in adulthood can be signs that your parents were toxic as a kid.
Many don't understand this distinction. Just because we may look fine on the outside doesn't mean we are fine on the inside. Thoughts?
How To Process The Death Of Someone Who Negatively Affected Your Life
Therapists share the advice they give people who are struggling to grieve someone they were estranged from or who hurt them.
10 Toxic Things Parents Do That Make Their Children Less Functional In Adulthood
Seemingly minor parenting behaviors can have a serious impact on children.
ID: A solid purple circle with the header "What people think ADHD inattentive type is" and the text "Getting distracted by squirrels"
A second multicolored circle/pie chart with the header "What ADHD inattentive type actually is" and text that reads:
"-Poor planning and organizational skills
-Trouble focusing on the task at hand
-Difficulty learning or organizing new info
-Difficulty following instructions
-Inability to focus or prioritize
-Restlessness and edginess
-Losing and/or misplacing things
-Difficulty paying attention to details
-Tendency to procrastinate"
A third green circle has a header that says, "ALSO ADHD Inattentiveness" and text that says, "not reading any of the second half of the above pic because you saw it was really long"
According to the American Psychological Association, boundaries are defined as "a psychological demarcation that protects the integrity of an individual or group or that helps the person or group set realistic limits on participation in a relationship or activity."
First Therapy Session
“This starts my 22nd year of teaching middle school. Yesterday was quite possibly one of the most impactful days I have ever had.
I tried a new activity called “The Baggage Activity”. I asked the kids what it meant to have baggage and they mostly said it was hurtful stuff you carry around on your shoulders.
I asked them to write down on a piece of paper what was bothering them, what was heavy on their heart, what was hurting them, etc. No names were to be on a paper. They wadded the paper up, and threw it across the room.
They picked up a piece of paper and took turns reading out loud what their classmate wrote. After a student read a paper, I asked who wrote that, and if they cared to share.
I’m here to tell you, I have never been so moved to tears as what these kids opened up and about and shared with the class.
Things like su***de, parents in prison, drugs in their family, being left by their parents, death, cancer, losing pets (one said their gerbil died cause it was fat, we giggled😁) and on and on.
The kids who read the papers would cry because what they were reading was tough. The person who shared (if they chose to tell us it was them) would cry sometimes too. It was an emotionally draining day, but I firmly believe my kids will judge a little less, love a little more, and forgive a little faster.
This bag hangs by my door to remind them that we all have baggage. We will leave it at the door. As they left I told them, they are not alone, they are loved, and we have each other’s back.
I am honored to be their teacher.
Credit: Karen Wunderlich Loewe”
“If his wife thought and felt like him, he’d be right to defend himself. Unfortunately, most guys don’t know that she’s NOT fighting about the glass. She’s fighting for acknowledgment, respect, validation, and his love.”
It seems so unreasonable when you put it that way: My wife left me because sometimes I leave dishes by the sink. But when you choose to love...
It's okay. 💜 ⠀
🎨: The Self Care Kit
Psychology Explains How to Beat Sad Feelings and Be Happy Again
When life gets you down, you look for ways to beat sad feelings and become happy again. Psychology reveals how to do this.
10 Types of Advice That Only Narrow-Minded People Can Give
Scientists say that smart people don’t pay much attention to other people’s advice. Moreover, people, in general, tend to rely on their own opinion more. However, we keep hearing some phrases so often that it seems they have been recorded in our brains, from “be smart,” to “don’t react,....
Take care of yourself. As mama Sara says:
“We need you well!”
Great Article on What you Talk About in Couples Therapy
Introduction:Have you ever had the experience of not being clear about what you and your partner could/ would talk about in a...
I’m taking time for self care until 4/2/21.
Questions that make intimacy last a lifetime.
"Your life isn’t what you thought it would be...
By this time, you had expected to have a child or two filling your house with laughter. You wanted to be called mommy or daddy. But life has thrown you a curveball and your life is hardly what you had expected it to be." -The Good Men Project
Can you relate to any of these 7 ways that can impact your relationship?
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In a study of Talkspace users, most reported that they prefer Talkspace over traditional therapy – and many show improvement after just a few weeks
When mental illness cant be seen in a person, rest assured its still there. Be kind.
often combined are the symptoms of anxiety
The Path to Becoming a Mom - Fertility & Wellness Summit
Sara Rector, MFT
Positive Intention Conception
• Introduction and genesis
• Multi-Sensory elements
• A treatment plan to support your fertility cycle
About Sara Rector, MFT
Sara Rector, MFT has been helping individuals and couples cope since 1980, and in private practice since 1994. She the Director of the Circle of Life Center a full-service Infertility support center providing information, counseling for Individuals, Couples and Groups also providing psychological evaluations for prospective donors and surrogates.
She has created a Reproductive Wellness MP3 and CD series available on her website http://www.circleoflifecenter.info/products/resources.html that includes information on Positive Intention Conception, Relationship issues and Infertility, the Male and Female perspectives and experiences of infertility, Healing pregnancy Loss and Transition to O**m Donation.
Sara leads Support Groups for RESOLVE (Southwestern Region), has written articles for RESOLVE, lectured at Fall Symposiums, has been teleconference guest speaker (National level), and has setup & coordinated Speakers and topics for RESOLVE quarterly education meetings. She has been an expert witness in an infertility court case and a subject of live interviews on infertility at Anjionline.com, a women's health & well-being website.
Sara holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from The University of San Francisco, a B.S. in Psychology from Pitzer College of Claremont Colleges, and is a member of the California Association of Marriage, Family and Child Therapists (CAMFT), American Fertility Association (AFA), American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and RESOLVE.
Depression, Anxiety And Other Mental Health Support And Discussions.
" IS Survivable. Whether you eventually conceive, choose to , or accept a -free life, you will survive infertility. You can’t cure it, but you can live with it." via Thrive Global What is something that you wished someone told you? http://ow.ly/IygB50vH5m3
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The more information you have before you adopt, the better prepared you’ll be for fulfilling your dream of creating a family of your own...
The Wall Street Journal
Why do we fall in love with one person and not another? This might explain it.
The inability to conceive or have a full-term pregnancy after having had children without difficulty before is the definition of secondary infertility.
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