Concerning Women

by Deborah Alicen, Ph.D.

Welcome to Concerning Women, a question and answer column for the discussion of women's issues. We understand that women face complex problems in the world today. Our goal is to be a place to start in the search for answers. Questions will be not be answered personally, but rather, the most representative will be selected for the Concerning Women Q & A column, compiled into a composite question, and the answer published below. The column is written by mental health professionals, but is not psychotherapy, nor is it intended to replace psychological treatment or professional services. The suggestions and ideas in this column are not guaranteed to be helpful for all people. The opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer/s and do not necessarily represent the position of the editors or of other contributors.

This column is not any form of psychotherapy or a replacement for professional, individualized services. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the position of

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Previous Questions

Can I be social friends with my therapist?
How can I become comfortable with being touched
How do environmental factors contribute to the onset of depression?
I am going to have my first baby in a few months
I am recovering from breast cancer
I have been trying to change my eating habits to reduce a mild case of high blood pressure
I think I am going through menopause and I have been having lots of trouble with my emotions.
My heart feels like I am having a heart attack, and I feel dizzy.
Recently I have been thinking about going back to college.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder and what helps it?


Deborah G. Alicen, Ph.D., is a private practice psychologist who lives in Plainfield, Vermont--a transplanted Southerner who still can't say "cows" the way real Vermonters do. She has spent the last twelve years working mostly with children, adolescents, and adults recovering from sexual abuse and domestic violence.


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