By Dr. Dean Aslinia Helping a loved one struggling with a mental health illness or addiction can be a difficult challenge. Oftentimes, there is a huge rate of comorbidity (simultaneous presence of two conditions or diseases) when it comes to different types of addictions and mental health struggles. Similarly, the fine line of helping [...]
By Dr. Dean Aslinia As a mental health professional and a sex therapist, I have spent hundreds of hours hearing the stories of sexual abuse victims. I have spent every ounce of my emotional, psychological, and physical energy to remain strong and support, counsel, and empower these individuals. Each time hoping that my efforts [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]