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    How to Change Relationship-Damaging Behaviors

    Do you explode in anger? Isolate yourself from friends? Or act in some other way that causes problems? Like many other people, you may ...

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    Are You Sabotaging Your Happiness By Avoiding Emotional Pain?

    People enter therapy because they are, in some way, suffering. Whatever the specifics of their situation, most patients are struggling ...

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    How to Live a More Daring Life

    Living a full and meaningful life requires vulnerability. You have to take chances, whether by opening yourself up to relationships or ...

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    How to Find Friends Who Help You Be a Better You

    It’s important to have friends who are a safe haven when life gets stormy. But truly supportive friendships offer more than just safety ...

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    How to Make Peace With Your Inner Critic

    Though many of us jokingly put ourselves down (and many comedians have a made a career of it), being self-critical is no laughing matter ...

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    Stop Focusing on Your Flaws

    Do you tend to see evidence of your inadequacies and flaws wherever you look? If you do, your brain is projecting those perceptions ...

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    Do You Really Have to Love Yourself Before You Can Love Someone Else?

    Do you need to love yourself before you can love someone else? Though conventional wisdom says yes, the real answer is much more ...

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    6 Situations Where Therapy Can Be Helpful

    Have you ever wondered whether psychotherapy might help you? Though most people are aware of what therapy is in a general sense, many ...

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    How to Connect With Strangers

    As much as you might want to connect more with other people, the thought of striking up conversation with a stranger can be daunting ...

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    How to Choose a Therapist

    You know it’s time to seek therapy - your struggles have become too much for you to cope with on your own (or with the support of ...


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  • Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD

    Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD

    Dr. Becker-Phelps is a licensed psychologist in NJ and NY, and is on staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset. She is dedicated to helping people understand themselves and what they need to do to become emotionally and psychologically healthy. She accomplishes this through her work as a psychotherapist, speaker and writer. She is the author of Bouncing Back from Rejection and Insecure in Love .