By Dr. Dean Aslinia Originally Published for the University of Phoenix (PhoenixView) Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and September is designated as Suicide Prevention Month. It is important to know that suicide is seldom an isolated incident. It is often associated with years of pain, pressure, anxiety, unhappiness, [...]
By Dr. Dean Aslinia Over the past decade, as a mental health professional, I have sat through hours of excruciatingly painful counseling sessions with many. Some hopeless, beaten, ashamed, tired of life, and contemplating suicide. Others heartbroken, devastated, and shocked by the abrupt death of their loved ones through suicide. Trying to make sense [...]
What the U.S. does better than Europe to prevent home-grown terrorism, and what I should tell my children about the dangerous world we all live in.
By Dr. Dean Aslinia Watching the news these days, it is filled with grim realities of the uncertain and dangerous world we live in. As a psychotherapist and professor of counseling, I am often faced with questions from parents of “what do I tell my children?” “How do I keep them away from danger [...]
By Dr. Dean Aslinia Tonight, (March 12, 2018) I experienced something I don’t think I had ever experienced at this level and with this emotional intensity. Teaching my Advanced Clinical Counseling Skills class, my students requested that I do a demonstration of an individual counseling session, as I would do in my private practice. [...]
By Dr. Dean Aslinia We often define intimacy as a politically correct and a polite descriptor for Sex; then we further complicate things by equating sex to intercourse. We seem to have a tendency to also do this with so many other definitions, where we erroneously associate meanings to words that do not in fact [...]
By: Dr. Dean Aslinia Infidelity. A word that seems so terrifying to so many. It sparks so many negative and panic feelings that most individuals don’t even want to think of the possibility of it happening in their relationship, much less actually having a plan for it when it does. I say, “when” it [...]
By Dr. Dean Aslinia Yesterday we all saw and heard the reactions as the defamed child abuser of more than 150 young girls, a former medical doctor, Larry Nassar received his prison sentence of 40-175 years. As a mental health professional I was infuriated with several things: The letter and comments that Dr. Nassar [...]
By Dr. Dean Aslinia Over the past decade much controversy has been created over the notion of "sexual addiction". Some believe this label is a true mental health disorder, and in fact qualifies as a "brain disease" that one cannot cure. To these believers the only option you have left after you've been "diagnosed" [...]
By Dr. Dean Aslinia January 16, 2018 As a therapist, but more specifically a sex therapist, each time I have heard a disclosure of child sexual abuse a little more of my heart has shattered! However when I’m the therapist, I not only have to remain strong for me to be effective for my [...]
A mental health expert’s prediction: There are going to be a lot more mass shootings and killings across the U.S.
Here are the reasons why: By Dean Aslinia, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC Over the past 35 days the citizens of the United States have had to grapple with a series of domestic terrorist acts. First inLas Vegas, where a killer named Stephen Poddock decided to settle his personal misfortunes with the deaths of more than 56 [...]