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Depression, Suicide Prevention, Trauma

5 Reasons Why: One Clinical Perspective on Why Viewing “13 Reasons Why” Should be Done with Caution

Working with children and adolescents has allowed me to keep my fingers on the pulse of what's trending for youth in pop culture. So when a few of my adolescent clients started referencing the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, at the end of March, I felt compelled to watch it, so I could #1) have an… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why: One Clinical Perspective on Why Viewing “13 Reasons Why” Should be Done with Caution

Behavior Modification, Meditation, Mindfulness, Self-Care, Stress

Resisting the Right Now: My Own 7 Day Journey of Paying Attention to the Present

"Have you ever tried Meditation?" is a question I get asked A LOT by colleagues, friends, and clients. My answer up until recently was always "no" followed by, "there's no time". I am operating my own practice seeing clients 3 days a week and every other Saturday.  In addition to that, I work 2 days… Continue reading Resisting the Right Now: My Own 7 Day Journey of Paying Attention to the Present

Depression, Holidays, Stress

Hopeless Holidays: 5 Reasons We Might Be Void of Christmas Cheer

Christmas. It's a joyful, happy time for most, but it can also be an incredibly difficult time for many. Sometimes it's hard to wrap our minds around someone NOT sharing in the joy. Many experts will argue that depression seems heightened this time of year. So what is it about the holiday season that makes… Continue reading Hopeless Holidays: 5 Reasons We Might Be Void of Christmas Cheer

Behavior Modification, Change, Education, Parenting

Getting Back in the Swing: School, Schedules, & Other Snafus.

A new school year is nipping at our heels, and it's become noticeable. Feeling the pressure rise as school days get closer can be incredibly overwhelming. For everyone. Summer, for many of us, is a time for late bedtimes, vacations, and other fun activities that hopefully don't involve too many math facts or spelling words.… Continue reading Getting Back in the Swing: School, Schedules, & Other Snafus.

Parenting

Avoid or Address? What to Tell Children When a Caregiver Becomes Incarcerated

Recently, I was following up with a parent who was completely lost regarding an event that took place with her family. Since my last session with her daughter, the other caregiver in the home was placed in jail awaiting arraignment and probably wouldn't be returning home in the near future. "How do I talk to her… Continue reading Avoid or Address? What to Tell Children When a Caregiver Becomes Incarcerated

Change, Resilience, Self-Care, Stress

Self-Care: Perspectives & Confessions of a Self-Indulger

2016. Another new year, another new beginning. With the end of each year, much of our focus turns to the next's set of resolutions. Merrium-Webster defines resolution as the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict (2015). For some the problem is health. For others the problem might be money, a struggle… Continue reading Self-Care: Perspectives & Confessions of a Self-Indulger

Holidays, Stress

Christmas Chaos: Keeping it Simple

Did you know there's something called The Christmas Effect? A decline in our overall well being can actually take place during the holiday season, despite moments of elevated moods. One very basic but important tip to get thru the havoc the holiday season brings is to keep things simple.  Other strategies and things to remember: 1.… Continue reading Christmas Chaos: Keeping it Simple

Parenting

Getting Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable

More and more research is showing a growing number of post-secondary students having significant challenges with symptoms of anxiety and depression, an unhealthy level of a need for constant validation, and higher rates of parental involvement. More and more college freshman, seniors, and even graduate students are having their parents intervene in matters of their grades,… Continue reading Getting Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable

Behavior Modification, Incentive Systems, Positive Rewards

Pride not Prize: Moving Away from Material Based Incentive Systems

Behavior modification can be so tiresome. Ever heard someone say, "Today he'll work for something out of the prize box, but tomorrow may be a different story. Sometimes I feel like after he's earned his reward I start all over."? This scenario is one that occurs every where - and over and over. And over. If… Continue reading Pride not Prize: Moving Away from Material Based Incentive Systems