Larry Shushansky

About Larry Shushansky

Rhode-Island based therapist, Larry Shushansky, has over thirty years of experience as a counselor and social worker. After graduating with a masters degree in social work in 1980, Larry went on to set up family therapy programs within non-profit and for-profit organizations, direct a residential facility for adolescents, and perform clinical work in hospitals, mental health centers, and family service agencies. For the past 25 years, Larry has delivered therapy in private practice, helping thousands of individuals, couples, and families become happier through his unique insight into relationships of all kinds. In addition to an active public speaking schedule, Larry has shared his Independent Enough approach in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Fast Company, The Everyday Power Blog, EverUp, and many others.

Saying “I Love You”

Ever said, “I love you?” Sure you have. But did you ever stop and think what this really meant, or did you just wallow in the good feeling it brought? I would say, wallowing and gushing is probably more of what you’ve done. But true love is not about the sentimental feeling we often long

By | March 14th, 2017|0 Comments

How to Maintain Your “Self”

The concept of the “self” is hard to define, but for the purpose of this blog let’s say it’s what distinguishes you from others. It’s you and your foibles, thoughts, feelings, history, baggage, and beliefs all culminated into the present moment. There are millions of selves on this planet, and they’re constantly evolving and developing

By | March 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Anger? Rage?

People from all sides of the political spectrum are more angry than ever before at what’s happening. Some people have even described their anger as “rage,” even at the sight of an opposing political figure. Where does this kind of anger come from? The more powerless and out of control we feel, the more angry

By | February 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Finding Balance in the Political Storm

We are all attached to the political storm to some extent, but our levels of attachment vary. Think of it as a continuum. At the far end of the continuum there are the people who don’t want to  watch or read any news, talk about politics, or know anything about the latest “crisis.” These are

By | February 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Our Psychological Well-Being versus the Political Storm

It has been one week since the inauguration of Donald Trump. Millions of people around the United States were thrilled that rainy Friday morning. Their mood was elated. Riding high. Being pumped. Positive things were imagined for the new Leader of the Free World. I know—I see a handful of clients who are pro-Trump and

By | January 29th, 2017|4 Comments

Sorry, Life Isn’t About What You “Want” To Do

The other day, I had a headache like I hadn’t had in years. It wasn’t a migraine, but it was big. It had been steadily growing most of the day, and by 3 o’clock, it was all I could think of. Because I’m a hippie at heart, I try my best to avoid medication as

By | January 17th, 2017|3 Comments

The Case Against People Triangles

When two people are having a conflict, and one person brings a third party into it as a way of either trying to resolve the problem or easing the tension, a "people triangle" is created. Think about it: How many times have you had a problem with your boss, a friend, a spouse, or family

By | January 9th, 2017|3 Comments

How Do We Get Out of a Power Struggle?

It’s interesting how we believe the winner of a power struggle is the one who does not lose the struggle. Because our true power doesn’t lie in winning or losing, our true power lies in leading our relationships in the direction we want them to go. A friend of mine was in an argument with

By | December 19th, 2016|3 Comments

I Can’t Avoid Conflict Forever—So How Do I Deal With It?

Some of us are still in turmoil over the election, withdrawing from social media and any kind of political conversation. I get it—it’s been exhausting. But we can’t hide forever. Over the next four years, it’s important to remain Independent Enough so that we are able to respond to differing opinions in a way that

By | December 13th, 2016|0 Comments

What’s Next?

This week has been terrible for one half of the country and great for the other half. Whether you’re more upset than you’ve ever felt in your life with election results or you finally feel as though your voice is being heard, you may be asking yourself: “What’s next?” The campaign this year was beyond

By | November 16th, 2016|1 Comment