Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years experience as a psychotherapist in New York City. A specialist in women’s emotional health, her areas of expertise and interest include marriage and relationship therapy, parenting, sexual health and menopause, eating disorders and addictions, and body image. She also researches and advises women over 40 about Internet dating.
Emotional Health

Understanding Fear of Crowds

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
“I am a married 52-year-old woman. For many years I have been afraid of crowded places such as stores, malls, and theaters. In the aftermath of 9/11, things got much worse. It seemed as if all my worst fears were coming true. What can I do?”
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Emotional Health · Family & Friends

A Grandmother’s Worries

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Fears of war have always been present. But today there are several worries that are entirely new. Though we always feared we might destroy each other, the idea that we might destroy our planet is a fairly new one. What kind of future will our young people inherit?
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Emotional Health

How to Understand Hate

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
The origins of hatred and its ability to spread as if the Devil had tossed a cigarette into dried underbrush is a subject that has preoccupied psychologists, sociologists, and historians for much of the last 70 years.
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Marriage & Life Partners · Relationships & Dating

Is This Love?

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
The science of romance isn’t “romantic,” but focuses instead on practical issues. Research confirms that believing in soul mates—or destiny, “the idea that there is exactly one person you were absolutely put on this earth to find—can and probably will backfire.”
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