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Rhoda Sommer

I've spent well over 30 years working with people and 28 years in private practice. I teach couples in continuing ed for the University of Pittsburgh to other therapists. As a social worker and a boomer I have a commitment to making the world a better place. I'm in love with ideas and this blog is... Full Bio
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Integrity is All About Self-Confrontation by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Integrity is the difference between being nice and being good. We live in a world that too easily values nice because nice is easy to do. Good is a whole lot more h ... Read on »
Anxiety, Shoulds, Duty & Exaggerated Obligation by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Anxiety is the biggest problem I work with. Anxiety is a huge issue for tons of people. Anxiety means that fear drives your choices. Fear based choices make your wo ... Read on »
The Path to Improve Motivation Requires Being Authentic by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Motivation seems illusive for so many people. Motivation isn’t simply being positive. Don’t falsely perky waitresses drive you crazy because it’s really all about be ... Read on »
UKRAINE, Why Should We Care About Russia’s Aggression? by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex This post is written by a guest, Adriana Helbig. A description of her credentials follows the post. She is so passionate about what is happening, that she went on a ... Read on »
WHAT DOES “BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH” MEAN TO YOU? by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex October is Breast Cancer Awareness month & I am reblogging most of the post I found from Lara K. Huffman’s blog  Get Up Swinging: The Boobs are Fake, The Snark is Real: ... Read on »
OCD & learning more about it leads to Control by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex OCD isn’t just about washing your hands like Lady Macbeth. OCD is the disease of anxiety on steroids. Fear is in charge & by thinking obsessively or following compuls ... Read on »
Guilt is Too Often Exaggerated which causes Stress by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Guilt is often exaggerated which creates suffering. Our ability to twist & turn a normal situation into a dramatic episode leading to self torture is amazing. I lis ... Read on »
Feel Overwhelmed by Emotions? You are Not Alone! by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Feeling overwhelmed by feelings with no clue how to manage them is at the core of addiction problems. A central problem of anxiety is being to easily swamped by fea ... Read on »
Restoring My Relationship to Music with Thanks to Keith Richards by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex On vacation I finally had time to update my music using itune’s Genius recommendations. I stayed up really late because I was having such a good time discovering Em ... Read on »
Snowpiercer the Movie & How to Build Character by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Snowpiercer is a wonderful “end of the world” movie. We seem to be swimming in apocalyptic films & t.v. shows. I’ve always loved science fiction in books because it ... Read on »
Feeling Lost ? How to Carve a Niche for yourself in the World by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Many people arrive in my office and describe themselves as lost. Women whose kids have grown, men who decide to leave a criminal lifestyle behind, partners who allo ... Read on »
Women, Art and Authority: The Language of Exclusion by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex rhodasommer : Your relationship to Women in Art needs to be considered. This is reblogged because I find it thought provoking & important. Unfortunately I coul ... Read on »
Affairs, Infidelity & Getting Caught Stepping Out: Is it just the sex? by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Affairs & Infidelity are rarely as simple as someone was good while the other was bad. This is too simplistic an explanation but we all love it because it’s easier ... Read on »
Romance Relationships in the Workplace by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex I asked my friend Laurel Coppersmith M.S.W. to write a guest post because she has spent 25 years doing EAP work & 23 years in private practice. I respect her wi ... Read on »
Art & Therapy: Both Attend to the Part that’s Missing or Lopsided by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Improving self-awareness is often a key to success in psychotherapy. In sessions I often consider how someone is lopsided or what’s missing. Three of the art works ... Read on »
Passion, Announcing New Stress Page & 3rd New Website Design in 12 years by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Therapyideas.net has been up & running since 2003. This is it’s third reincarnation. When on the net it’s crucial to keep adapting & updating (just like aging over the d ... Read on »
Sex Matters!!! Stop Pretending it Doesn’t! by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Sex over the long haul is not mastered by many. Sex in America seems to be in the extremes, people are having it a lot or not at all. I’ve talked to many women over ... Read on »
My New Relationship with India; thinking about arranged marriages & beyond stereotypes by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex I spent 17 days in India which is a remarkable country. Our trip was unusual in spending many hours driving on bad roads to see the “real” India & our efforts were ... Read on »
Boundaries & How to do them by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex Defenses @ Fort in India Boundaries require you to risk being uncomfortable. Every relationship is about respecting the differences. The differences will not be re ... Read on »
My 5th Anniversary of Blogging by Rhoda Sommer Posted in: Blog Posts in Relationships & Sex It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for five years. I’m passionate about my work with people and this is another outlet. So many of our friends are retiring & I ... Read on »