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Family members can hurt each other enough to cut-off relations.

Some struggles includes in-laws (grandparents). Some families have adoption and interracial complexity. Siblings each have their own version of the family.

Families seek help for emotional and religious changes, financial and educational challenges, or transgender issues.

In a new wrinkle on an old problem, some families have a secret jihadist, whose existence is revealed by the F.B.I. Secrets may wreak havoc on family relationships.

When a new family is blended after re-marriage, struggles intensify.

As a family coach, I help cut-off families to repair, blended families to knit together, and new family members or ideas to integrate.

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Meditation on nothing–letter to psychiatrist. Holiday guest post by Rhona Finkel

Dear Dr. Jaffe, Have you ever noticed there can be a lot of “nothing” lying around? I mean, just take my first niece. She went to meet my soon-to-be-sister-in-law who [quite unfortunately] came with her own babies—two cats. Named after two delicacies at Walker Brothers pancake house, they were Apple Pancake (may he rest in […]

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Colleges Cope with Increased Depression

I missed National Depression Screening Day on Oct 11.  Yom Kippur found itself in the middle of my blogging agenda. Like some college students I’m posting about, my “paper” is 3 days late. The “Wall Street Journal,” however, was right on time with its feature, “College Students Flood Mental-Health Centers.” Their article covers  a “Beating Anxiety” workshop […]

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