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430 Belgrade St. Philadelphia, PA 19125


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By: Riley Fortier, M.Ed. Overview Each year, there are an estimated 374 million new cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in the United States. There are more than 30 different bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are known to be transmitted through sexual contact (vaginal, anal, and oral sex). Some STIs can be transmitted through pregnancy, vaginal birth, or breast feeding.  Eight pathogens are linked to the greatest incidence of STIs. Four are completely curable: syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis. The other four are not curable: hepatitis B, herpes simplex virus (HSV), HIV, and human papilloma virus (HPV).  STIs can have consequences beyond the immediate impact of the infection itself, like: an increased risk for HIV, cervical and other cancers, pelvic inflammatory disease, and even death. Prevention When used correctly and consistently,...

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

By: Riley Fortier, M.Ed.   What is it? Seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a condition where some people experience a significant mood change with the change of the seasons.  What are the symptoms? Sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy Fatigue and decreased energy Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions Thoughts of death or suicide Oversleeping Overeating, particularly with a craving for carbohydrates Weight gain Social withdrawal (feeling like “hibernating”) Difficulty sleeping Lack of appetite Irritability and agitation What's the cause of SAD? SAD is caused by a change in the season. Typically, SAD happens in the fall and winter months, because the days are shorter and there is...


What is self-disclosure? Self-disclosure is a process of communication in which one person reveals information to another. It can be used in many ways, but in this instance, we will be talking specifically about self-disclosure with therapy practices and mental health professionals.  Types of self-disclosure  Accidental - unplanned encounters outside of the counseling session  Unavoidable - client revelations about a therapist through obvious distinguishing characteristics like someone’s race, jewelry, and haircut.  Client-initiated - when a client seeks and finds information about their counselor online, through biographies, awards, family history, etc.  Deliberate - purposeful self-disclosure with a client  Benefits  Builds rapport with clients  Reduce client’s uneasy feeling of sharing by counselor sharing  Conveys empathy to clients and shows them they’re not alone  Can “humanize” the counselor to clients  Risks  Shift...



What is PTSD? PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It develops when a person has experienced a dangerous, scary, terrifying, or shocking event. Typically, these events usually involve a person being severely injured, or their life threatened, or even ended.  What are the causes? You can develop PTSD from witnessing a traumatic event, such as war, a natural disaster, or assault. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid, even after the event is long over, affecting both yourself, and the people around you. It can start at different times for different people. Some folks may develop PTSD soon after a frightening event, while other people develop it months or even years later. This is related to whether the trauma was repeated or not, what the individual’s proximity to the...

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