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Financial Therapy

The Surprising Financial Impact of Mindfulness Meditation

In the financial therapy program that I co-founded in 2007 with Dr. Ted Klontz, we taught and practiced a lot of “mindfulness” meditation. After a meditation we would often ask, “So what does this have to do with money?” During the first part...

More Cognitive Biases That Can Cost You Money

Last week we looked at four types of “stinking thinking,” cognitive biases that can contribute to poor investment decisions. Here are six more. Monte Carlo Fallacy. This is placing too much emphasis on the likelihood of an event happening, just because it...

Financial Dependency: Relying On Others For Money

Do you rely on others for the bulk of your monthly income? If so, it’s possible your relationship with money may be suffering. Many people experience setbacks or life circumstances that result in temporarily relying on others for financial help. Being financially...

“So Daddy Pays You?” Divorce, Money, and Emotions

Kirsten was divorced and had primary custody of her eight-year-old son, Jack, who spent every other weekend with his father. One Friday evening when her ex-husband came to pick up their son, he handed Kirsten a piece of paper and said, “Here is your...

Ten Things A Financial Therapist Wants You To Know

Bari Tessler was practicing financial therapy before most of the rest of us had ever heard the term. A psychotherapist, Bari decided to go into the bookkeeping business, quickly saw the union of psychology and money, and in 2001 began calling her work financial...

Signs That It’s Time To Call a Couples Financial Therapist

The last thing in the world I would ever want to be is a couples therapist. This is despite—or perhaps because of—the fact that for 40 years most of my work as a financial planner has been with couples. Helping individuals negotiate their relationship with money...