November / December 2022 Volume 21, No.6

Wellness Series Part 1 – Don’t Sleep on it: An Urgent Call for MFTs to Attend to Sleep in Therapy

The global COVID-19 pandemic, political uncertainty, and racial tension over the last few years has undoubtedly taken a toll on our psychological, physical, and social relationships. One of the more impactful and important mechanisms through which this manifests is through sleep quality, particularly poorer sleep. Indeed, both the global/national events (e.g., Targa et al., 2021) [...]

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November / December 2022 Volume 21, No.6

Embracing A Lifestyle of Wellness: Self-care for MFTs

The last couple years have been full of disruptions, chaos, and disequilibrium due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the pandemic has contributed to disorientation in almost every area of life and has “exposed every crack in our personal and professional tapestry” (Gould, 2021, p. 203). Most helping professionals, including marriage and family therapists (MFTs), [...]

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November / December 2022 Volume 21, No.6

Insomnia: A Beginner’s Guide for Marriage and Family Therapists

Impacting millions of individuals every year, insomnia is a common, costly, and problematic sleep issue affecting everyone from children to senior citizens. Insomnia is considered the most common sleep disturbance in the United States (Cleveland Clinic, 2020). It is associated with several emotional, behavioral, social, and physical health complaints and elevated rates have been found [...]

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November / December 2022 Volume 21, No.6

Wellness Series Part 2 – Why MFTs Should Assess and Discuss Nutrition Habits in Therapy

The foods that our clients are eating (or not) are the building blocks for all the important neurochemicals that help brains run effectively and efficiently (Arden, 2015). Unfortunately, not only can excess calories be consumed, but these may be more highly processed foods, leaving the individual with micronutrient deficiencies (Astrup & Bügel, 2019). Importantly, poor [...]

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November / December 2022 Volume 21, No.6

Excessive Sugar-sweetened Beverage Consumption Among Clinical Mental Health Populations: A Review for MFTs

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are drinks that are sweetened with fruit-juice concentrates, high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and other forms of added sugar. Common examples of SSBs can come in the form of hot or cold drinks and include soda, sweetened mineral water, sweetened coffees, sweetened energy drinks, sweetened teas, and sports drinks. These types of drinks [...]

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November / December 2022 Volume 21, No.6

Wellness Series Part 3 – Sweat It Off: The Importance of Physical Activity in Client Biopsychosocial Functioning

Physical activity is beneficial for many of our clients’ presenting problems, including mood disorders, cognitive and emotional functioning, and even social relationships (e.g., Biddel & Asare, 2011; Mikkelsen, Stojanovska, Polenakovic, Bosevski, & Apostolopoulos, 2017; Johnson et al., 2018; Yorgason, Johnson, Hill, & Selland, 2018). However, only 25% adults in the United States meet the recommended [...]

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September / October 2022 Volume 21, No. 5

Cyberbullying and Online Gaming

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. [...]

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September / October 2022 Volume 21, No. 5

Cyber Abuse

When we pause to think about all the many affordances our internet infrastructure and technologically connected world lends us, it’s easy to recognize at least a handful of ways our lives have been made easier. Apps like Venmo and CashApp allow us the convenience of immediately paying a friend back who just paid for our [...]

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September / October 2022 Volume 21, No. 5

Self-Esteem and Social Media Impact

At age 16-17, while I was struggling emotionally to get through high school, I had been the target of a bully for many months, which escalated nearing the end of my senior year. To add insult to injury, this bully was my best friend (or so I thought). This was during the 80s when there [...]

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July / August 2022 Volume 21, No. 4

Why Your Interracial/Multinational Couples Might be Dropping Out: A Self-of-the-Therapist Exploration of Critical Factors

Why are your interracial/multinational couples dropping out of therapy? Navigating interracial relationships is hard and, from our insider experience in the United States (U.S.), we have found that marriage and family therapists (MFTs) could benefit greatly from applying a special approach with these couples to help them succeed. We consider interracial to mean the historically [...]

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