My Teen is Too Emotional! How DBT Can Help?

Some teens are predisposed to be more emotional. As parents, we can feel stuck in the middle of a constant storm, never knowing what or who might trigger an intense emotional reaction from your teen. There is help! DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) can help those who struggle with emotional dysregulation, and their families.

If you get the sense that your teen is more emotional than their peers, there might be a reason why. Some of us are predisposed to experiencing emotions faster and more intensely than others. While researchers are still uncovering why that is, many believe that a combination of genetic factors, neurochemistry, and psychosocial stressors play a role in impacting one’s ability to effectively manage emotions. (more…)

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College Stress? 5 Steps to Start Off Your Academic Year on the Right Foot!

The start of college is fast approaching. For many this marks the end of summer and the beginning of an exciting new year. For others, the start of school can produce anxiety and stress, both in terms of the academics they may face, as well as the social aspects of school. If you are the latter, you are not alone! Here are 5 quick tips and ideas to help you get the year started on the right foot!

1. Sleep: If you feel like you have read this step before, that’s because you have! Sleep is mentioned many times throughout research and therapy. That’s not because we as clinicians have run out of things to talk about. (more…)

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Disciplining Kids – A Psychologist’s Perspective

What Does the Latest Research Say About Disciplining Kids?

If you are a parent, you know that kids don’t come with a handbook. And while there are books out there on ways to discipline your kids, sometimes those books are based more on opinion than fact. Discipline can mean different things to different people. In this blog, I will talk about the most common forms of discipline used in the United States, as well as what the current research says about the effectiveness and impact of each type of discipline.

Physical Discipline: You may have heard of the old saying “spare the rod, spoil the child.” This was a common expression a couple generations ago that basically states the belief that spanking or hitting your child would improve their behavior, and that NOT spanking them would actually spoil them. However, decades of research demonstrates otherwise. (more…)

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Family Based Therapy (Maudsley Approach) for Adolescents with Eating Disorders

Help Your Teen Recover From an Eating Disorder Today!

Family Based Treatment (FBT) is a short-term treatment that focuses on utilizing each family member to support the recovery of your child to overcome Anorexia Nervosa or Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders where there is significant food restricting or weight loss. Therapy consists of 10-20 sessions within an outpatient setting, hoping to alleviate the need for hospitalizations or residential treatment.  It is a cost-effective alternative to higher levels of care that is considered the most effective treatment for anorexia nervosa in children and teens. (more…)

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Anorexia Nervosa in Teens: The Two-Year Window

Understand the signs and symptoms of eating disorders within children or teens…and take action today before it’s too late!

In our last blog, we discussed the differences between some of the most common eating disorders. Noticing the signs and symptoms early on can greatly improve long-term outcomes for those suffering with an eating disorder.  With more than 70% of adolescents being dissatisfied with their bodies and wanting to lose weight, an average of 35-57% of adolescent girls engaging in crash dieting, fasting, self-induced vomiting, diet pills or teas, or laxatives – it is no wonder why eating disorders are on the rise. Between 1988 and 1993 the incidence of bulimia in 10-39-year-old women TRIPLED!  And don’t let the media convince you that this is a girls/women’s only issue – the rate of eating disorders in boys and men is growing at an alarming rate. (more…)

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Help! My Teen is Cutting!

Self-injurious behaviors, what they mean, and why you should take them seriously

More and more we hear about teenagers cutting themselves.  Often, parents or adults will express that they feel that cutting is just a “fad,” or it’s something all teens seem to experiment with nowadays, or a just a cry for attention that should not be acknowledged.  Cutting – or engaging in self-injurious behaviors – can mean a lot of different things.  But the chances that your teen’s cutting means nothing is 0%, guaranteed.

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Art Therapy For Teens

Don’t believe the jokes you hear about art therapy being some “hippy-dippy” nonsense. Turns out, it can really help. Beyond that, it can really help your teen express their feelings, when they can’t find the right words.

There is a lot of misinformation out there in relation to art therapy. Often in media, it tends to be referred to, but as the butt of a bad joke. However, art therapy is proven to be very effective and helpful. For teens in particular, art therapy can be a safe way to engage in the therapeutic process.

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13 Reasons Why, Suicide, and Teens

It’s important to have an open conversation around the TV show 13 Reason Why with your teen. Before you have that convo, take a moment to read reasons why suicide is becoming a bigger issue with teens.

You might be thinking, “Really, all this buzz for a TV Show?” Yes. While the goal of the series was to spark conversation around depression and suicide so as to break the stigma, there are a number of concerns to consider, especially if your child or teen is struggling with depression.

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13 Questions to Ask Your Teen About 13 Reasons Why

Many people worry that if they ask or talk to their teens about suicidal thoughts, they will “plant” the idea in their head. This is NOT true! We introduce some helpful questions you could use to have a productive and safe conversation around such a heavy topic.

13 Reasons Why is a Netflix show about a highschool girl that commits suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes that are distributed to people that she feels contributed to her suicide. There are warnings prior to some of the episodes, indicating that the content could be triggering for someone struggling with suicidal thoughts. (more…)

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Self-Esteem and Teen Girls: An Epic Battle

Why your teenager doesn’t believe you when you tell her how great she really is

As a parent, it can be hard to see your teenage daughter struggle with low self-esteem. When you look at her, you see a bright, caring, beautiful young woman. And no matter how many times you share that with her, or try to build her up, her self-esteem and self-confidence seem to remain shaken, on unsteady ground. (more…)

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