Stand Up To Bullying!

Stand Up To Bullying!

“I know you haven’t completed your homework and now, you suddenly have a stomach ache.” “But mom, my stomach hurts.” “No more excuses, Max! And your bus arrives in 5 minutes. You better hurry up!” Max, a 12 year old boy, with immense singing talent is brought up in a...
Couples Therapy: Really for the Strong

Couples Therapy: Really for the Strong

Many people seem to be under the impression that the time to go to couples therapy is when they are “knee-deep” into the relationship; they are experiencing many challenges and even beginning to feel a bit sour about it all. The truth is that every relationship hits...
Drama Therapy: The Theater Of Life

Drama Therapy: The Theater Of Life

DRAMA! I have always loved it…not the teary & problematic kind, but the brightly-lit theatrical kind. To this day I clearly remember my first drama lesson at the age of five, asking my teacher ‘What is Drama?’ and she answered me only with a smile and a...

Memories Of A Domestic Abuse Victim

Research has found indisputable correlation between intimate partner violence and mental illness. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide ideation are some of the effects domestic abuse can have on a woman’s mental health. But finding help is difficult....

How can I help my neighbor?

Hi Prachi. I’m from Vadodara and live in a multistory apartment building. I have a wonderful neighbor on the same floor as me and I like her very much. But she has a painful secret. Her husband beats her up and is very abusive. She has two kids too. I know what...
A Decent Proposal – What is he waiting for?

A Decent Proposal – What is he waiting for?

It’s Friday night and you’re ecstatic because your gut tells you that tonight he’ll get on his knees and ask, ‘Will you marry me?’ You’ve waited for this moment for a long time. But when the night ends…no sign of those four sweet words…again! In case you are at your...
A Narcissist or Simply Over-confident?

A Narcissist or Simply Over-confident?

Have you ever been in the company of a person where you feel that: He or she is only focused on himself or herself? is self-absorbed, does not care to listen to other people’s thoughts or opinions, thinks very highly of him or herself, is not able to empathize or feel...
Child Abuse: Signs to watch out for!

Child Abuse: Signs to watch out for!

We all know that child abuse exists; almost every day the newspaper or the news report yet another tragic case and we are overwhelmed with feelings of despair, sadness and anger. We think that the crime could have been prevented “if only… “, and we are thankful to the...
Teen Suicides: What you can do

Teen Suicides: What you can do

A 13 year old hangs himself when refused a new motorbike by his father. A 14 year old ingests insect repellent when unable to adjust in a new school A high school student never comes back home after checking his exam results online. A 15 year old girl slashes her...
Understanding Teenage Anxiety

Understanding Teenage Anxiety

All parents of teens know what a turbulent time it is. Your children are unable to get through to you and you are looking for a way to effectively communicate with them. But Hope Network is now attempting to make you see the scenario from your teen’s eyes....
How not to doubt your partner

How not to doubt your partner

“I know he has found someone else!” “He is lying to me these days.” He must be roaming around with that woman!” Is that what you think of your partner these days? These doubts mark the beginning of the impairment of a loving relationship. Dipti was undergoing this...
The right age to start school

The right age to start school

As my son turned three, I was faced with the dilemma all parents go through – should I start school for him now? And in the course of finding the answer to that I came to many realizations. Here are a few things that might help you decide if you’re on the same...
Bring the Communication back in your Marriage

Bring the Communication back in your Marriage

Feel like you’ve run out of things to say after years of marriage? Don’t worry, it happens to everyone. That doesn’t mean you’re headed for trouble, but you’ve definitely lost the foundation of intimacy – communication. Let’s look at a few ways to bring back the...

I think my husband is cheating on me…

Hi there! I’m in a major fix! For a while now I’ve been noticing some changes in my husband’s behavior, like much more late nights, secretive phone calls, general nervousness around me…I think he’s having an affair. But I’m scared...
Get ready for child therapy

Get ready for child therapy

It’s not easy for any parent to accept that their child needs to see a therapist. But it is better to recognize the need in time than leave it for too late. I would like to propose a few pointers that can make the course of therapy easier, both for the parents and the...
Confidence can be skin deep

Confidence can be skin deep

This is for those of us who don’t have that ‘babe’ factor and need that extra boost to make us feel oh-so-good about ourselves! Because sometimes, confidence needs to be skin deep before it can come from within. You can do it. If only the pretty ones would get all the...