Dr. Karen Ruskin, PsyD., LMFT https://www.drkarenruskin.com Relationship Expert Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:55:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Why The Holiday Season Evokes A Range of Emotions https://www.drkarenruskin.com/why-the-holiday-season-evokes-a-range-of-emotions/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/why-the-holiday-season-evokes-a-range-of-emotions/#respond Tue, 27 Nov 2018 18:51:40 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9442

Joy Lim Nakrin & Dr Karen Ruskin

The week immediately following Thanksgiving often presents an uptick in the human emotional response with a wide range of emotions. This is the topic I discussed this morning live-on-air during my bi-weekly mental health segment on NBC Boston’s NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin. Why does the holiday season evoke a range of emotions? Are there tips for one’s self and how to help loved ones experience the best version of mental health this holiday season? This is the focus during my segment. If you missed it live, you are invited for viewing on demand: Handling Emotions Post Thanksgiving.

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Conflict Management for the Family on Thanksgiving https://www.drkarenruskin.com/conflict-management-for-the-family-on-thanksgiving/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/conflict-management-for-the-family-on-thanksgiving/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:21:10 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9412

Joy Lim Nakrin & Dr Karen Ruskin

Why is it so common to experience family conflict when families get together over the holidays? With thanksgiving coming up, now is the time to consider the why, and to learn some practical tips to manage one’s emotions to ward off stress reaction. During my bi-weekly mental health segment on NBC Boston’s NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, this is the topic we tackled today. If you missed it live on air, here is the link for viewing on demand: Conflict Management this Thanksgiving.

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Happy Events Trigger Negative Reaction https://www.drkarenruskin.com/happy-events-trigger-negative-reaction/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/happy-events-trigger-negative-reaction/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:54:59 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9373

Joy Lim Nakrin & Dr Karen Ruskin

Here in Massachusetts where I am based as a Psychotherapist, there is a joyous Parade to be held tomorrow due to the Red Sox big win. Also tomorrow is Halloween. Both events seem wonderful, positive and fun for the many. Yet there are also many who experience a negative reaction to these seemingly positive external events. Why?

During my bi-weekly mental health segment on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, today’s segment I explained the key reasons why happy events trigger negative reaction for some. Additionally I provided tips for when external events trigger an internal emotional experience. If you missed this live interview, provided is the link for on demand viewing: External events trigger internal reaction.

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Parenting Millennials https://www.drkarenruskin.com/parenting-millennials/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/parenting-millennials/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:30:47 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9334

Dr Karen Ruskin, Joy Lim Nakrin

A new study from Merrill Lynch and Age Wave estimates parents are providing $500 billion annually for their millennial offspring. This week’s installment during my bi-wkly mental health segment on NECN with anchor Joy Lim Nakim I discussed the importance of launching one’s millennials and being supportive vs. fully providing for them as though they are children, rather than treating them as the adults that they are. Additionally I provided parenting tips for helping develop independent kids at all ages and stages. If you missed this interview on-air-live, I invite you to view it on demand: Parenting Millennials.

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Movie Clinton, Inc. 2018 Release With Dr. Karen Ruskin https://www.drkarenruskin.com/movie-clinton-inc-2018-release-with-dr-karen-ruskin/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/movie-clinton-inc-2018-release-with-dr-karen-ruskin/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:54:16 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9296

As a participant in the movie: Clinton Inc., I am pleased to announce: Friday, October 19, 2018, the movie releases to buy or rent on the platforms: Amazon, Apple’s iTunes, Dish, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft’s XBOX, Steam, and Walmart’s VUDU.

Movie Synopsis: The true story of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s political alliance, business partnership, and unique marriage. This non-partisan documentary goes behind closed doors to reveal the making of an American dynasty. Based on the New York Times bestseller, biographers, close confidants, political insiders from the left, right and center and an expert in marriage and relationship dynamics (that’s me), answer key questions, 
 “How does the Clinton marriage work? Are Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton guided by love, ambition, charity or greed?”

Varied Perspectives:

I feel quite privileged to have been asked to participate in Clinton, Inc. The Movie to provide my expertise, and it was a true honor to volunteer my time providing commentary throughout this documentary. I provided commentary not from a political angle nor from a political lens. Specifically, I provided perspective from a relational marital observational lens.

Whatever side of the political isle one is on, we can all agree that Bill and Hillary Clinton may be referred to as a power couple. A movie documentary that provides it’s audience with the story of Bill and Hillary as individuals, their political alliance, business partnership, and marriage, with commentary and observations woven throughout the movie from various esteemed professionals makes for an interesting movie. As each person who starred in this movie, including myself, have our own lens, our own perspectives. Which is what makes this movie both informative and stimulating for the viewer, in my humble opinion.


The Clinton’s political alliance remains, even though they have experienced much reported rocky roads throughout their marriage. Their marriage has remained, through much publicly observed marital trauma (e.g., repeated cases of infidelity). They are what may be deemed as a business, a partnership, in essence; a business partnership, and a powerful business partnership at that. A brand? AKA Clinton, Inc. Most certainly.

The Clinton’s are not the first marital couple to navigate challenging and rocky waters. Nor will they be the last. In my work with couples as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I will share with you that it is not uncommon for couples to report feeling like their particular challenges, their pain, their trauma, is insurmountable, and thus can never be worked through. I share with my couple clientele that when married long enough, it’s not whether they will experience challenges. Rather, know they will. To date I have not personally met the Clintons, thus, like many of you we cannot know with certainty what goes on behind closed doors. With that said, I, like many of you, have observed through the years their journey that has been exposed to the public. As such, through the lens of a Marriage Therapist to have had the opportunity to share my observations and commentary throughout Clinton, Inc. The Movie, is truly something I am proud to have participated in.


Clinton, Inc. The Movie is a documentary produced by Doug Sain who is best known as the producer of ‘2016 Obama’s America’ and based on author Daniel Halper’s New York Times best selling book. The writer/director for Clinton, Inc. The Movie is Bill Baber.

Learn More About The Movie:

If you are interested in learning more about the cast in the movie, the movie itself, and behind the scenes during filming, I invite you to checkout my earlier blog articles:

View The Trailer:

Since the movie’s limited release in theaters back in September 2016, I received much inquiry as to when it will be made available for expanded viewing. I am so excited to report that Clinton, Inc. The Movie is being released for rent or to buy as of October 19, 2018. I invite you to view: Clinton Inc. The Movie official trailer.



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Kavanaugh Vs. Ford – Why is America Divided? https://www.drkarenruskin.com/kavanaugh-vs-ford-why-is-america-divided/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/kavanaugh-vs-ford-why-is-america-divided/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:49:58 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9280

Joy Lim Nakrin & Dr Karen Ruskin

Brett Kavanaugh coverage is dominating headlines. Many sexual assault survivors describe how Christine Ford’s testimony stirred their own emotions about past trauma. Why? On the other end, many feel Kavanaugh and his family are being unfairly targeted. Why are there differing opinions? How do people with such differing views work through this?

Today on NECN during my bi-weekly mental health segment with anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, an important exploration was had. Providing my analysis and perspective through a psychotherapeutic and human behavior lens, this segment offered viewers an opportunity to understand their own reaction and others. Additionally, graphics for the points of focus were provided.

If you missed our live discussion, here is the video for on demand viewing: Kavanaugh vs. Ford: America Divided.

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Mental Health Impacts Relationship Health https://www.drkarenruskin.com/mental-health-impacts-relationship-health/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/mental-health-impacts-relationship-health/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:14:04 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9276

When it comes to relationships, one’s mental health absolutely impacts how one interacts with others. Whether dating, in marriage, one’s children, one’s parents, one’s friends and/or colleagues, all relationships are effected when one is feeling unwell mentally and emotionally. The choices we make, how we communicate, how we interact, how we interpret others interactions with us – all aspects of relationship dynamics, all highly effected by one’s mental health and wellness. Just as when in a relationship, if the relationship is toxic, and/or if one is just not feeling happy or fulfilled in the relationship, that too effects one’s individual mental health. It was super fun to be the featured relationship expert in DatingNews.com in their most recent article, along with their spotlighting my bi-weekly mental health segment on NBC Boston’s NECN. Here is the article published in DatingNews.com for your reading pleasure: Analysis of the dating scene from a Mental Health professional.

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Dr Oz’s Thought Leaders Discuss Roseanne’s Controversial Tweet https://www.drkarenruskin.com/dr-ozs-thought-leaders-discuss-roseannes-controversial-tweet/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/dr-ozs-thought-leaders-discuss-roseannes-controversial-tweet/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:24:41 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9240

Dr Oz Show with thought leaders Dr Karen Ruskin, Charlamagne, Sophia Nelson, DeVon Franklin

As a mental health professional it is truly an honor to be considered a thought leader by The Dr. Oz Show, and as such appear on a panel of fellow thought leaders, each from a different area of expertise, for the program’s Fall 2018 season premiere. We, the panel, watched the exclusive interview between celebrity Roseanne Barr and Dr. Oz. Then, the panel met together with Dr. Oz where he asked us questions about the interview, and we openly shared our perspectives. In this blog I share 4 videos of the panel’s discussion that did not air on TV. Topics include: mental health, taking ownership, personal growth, and forgiveness. I hope you find it informative.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Karen Ruskin – Mental health perspective
  • Sophia Nelson – Political perspective
  • Charlamagne – Celebrity perspective
  • DeVon Franklin – Spiritual perspective

Dr. Oz and his team kindly put online for the viewers each block of the panel’s discussion. Below you will find the breakdown of 4 videos. As TV viewers you may know that what airs on TV sometimes is simply but a portion, a piece of a larger discussion. Often due to television time constraints. Unfortunately, this sometimes results in viewers projecting thoughts that did not occur or making judgements, as they are unaware of all of the context of the discussion. I am hopeful that by my posting below the aforementioned 4 videos The Dr. Oz Show provided online for the viewers, that this will allow my following an opportunity to have the full scoop. As I do see the discussion and the points therein that the panel had as important, and you may as well. Certainly there will be portions you the viewer may agree with and other portions you may not. Just as each of us panelists may not have agreed with each statement the other made. The panel discussion was meant to explore in an open forum, not debate and argue, rather share each person’s perspective.

Dr Oz and Psychotherapist Dr Karen Ruskin

It was meaningful to me to have had the opportunity to discuss mental health in the context of Roseanne’s controversial tweet. My angle provided was through the lens of a mental health position, without judgement nor interpretation as to whether Roseanne is a racist or not (for that is what the media and the public have been discussing since her controversial tweet). Rather my articulations was thematically presented to explain the mental health perspective. I am hopeful that my interview provided education and thoughtful opportunity for the viewers.

What did not air on TV on The Dr. Oz Show –

Dr. Karen Ruskin, Sophia Nelson, Charlamagne, DeVon Franklin provide their perspective in reaction to Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweet:

  1. Panel provides initial reaction on Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweet. Dr. Oz asks Dr. Ruskin if she was surprised that Roseanne brought up mental health issues in the context of her tweet
  2. Dr. Ruskin explains steps must be taken when trying to make a concrete change if medication is playing a role in problematic behaviors, in order to take ownership of one’s mental health.
  3. Understanding how others feel as a step towards change. Dr. Ruskin discusses that the public does not know Roseanne’s personal growth journey, only what is presented to the public.
  4. Dr. Oz  asks the panel; should Roseanne be forgiven? Dr. Ruskin explains from a mental health angle.

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Trauma reaction & coping tips in times of tragedy https://www.drkarenruskin.com/trauma-reaction-coping-tips-in-times-of-tragedy/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/trauma-reaction-coping-tips-in-times-of-tragedy/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:54:09 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9233

Joy Lim Nakrin, Dr. Karen Ruskin

Trauma reaction personality style and coping tips in times of tragedy was today’s topic during my regular bi-weekly mental health segment on NECN with Joy Lim Nakrin.

If you missed this live interview in response to the Merrimack Explosions, you are invited to view it on demand: Trauma & Tragedy – Tips.

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Dr Oz Fall 2018 Season Premiere Photos – Barr’s Controversial Tweet https://www.drkarenruskin.com/dr-oz-fall-2018-season-premiere-photos-barrs-controversial-tweet/ https://www.drkarenruskin.com/dr-oz-fall-2018-season-premiere-photos-barrs-controversial-tweet/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 17:26:35 +0000 http://www.drkarenruskin.com/?p=9224

Dr Oz, DeVon Franklin, Sophia Nelson, Charlamagne, Dr Karen Ruskin

To kick off The Dr. Oz Show’s season premiere Fall 2018 is quite the honor for me, as I participated in a panel where we discussed mental health, unity and forgiveness beyond race, in reaction to Roseanne Barr’s sit down with Dr. Oz where she discussed her controversial tweet in an exclusive interview. This is a meaningful and important topic.

Dr Oz, Dr Karen Ruskin

The panel included my perspective through the lens of a mental health professional, Sophia Nelson shared her take from a political angle, Charlamagne came at it from a celebrity lens, and DeVon Franklin spoke from the spiritual perspective.

Provided in this blog are a few pictures from the interview, before the air date.

The Dr Oz Show – chatting with a great group of panelists following our tape-to-live segment. (Charlamagne, Dr Oz, Dr Karen Ruskin, Sophia Nelson, DeVon Franklin)

Don’t miss the season premiere of The Dr. Oz Show airing on Tuesday 9/18/18. Check your local listing for time and network.

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