13 questions to ask your teen about 13 reasons why

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

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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5 Basic Skills to Improve Communication With Your Teen

5 Basic Skills to Improve Communication With Your Teen

Listen. Just as you might find it frustrating to engage your teen in a conversation when they are on their phone or distracted, your teen might find it frustrating to talk to you when your mind is not fully present in the moment. If you want to have an effective conversation with your teen, try to ensure that both of you are able to fully attend to the present conversation. (more…)

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summer fun or summer blues therapy

Summer Fun or Summer Blues?

Summer Fun or Summer Blues?

Summer break tends to hold a warm place in the hearts of adults. Since most of us don’t get extended vacation anymore, we tend to look back at summer as the time of our lives. We had freedom, flexibility, and no school. What’s not to love? (more…)

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Seeking Therapy as Part of Your Summer

Why starting therapy before you are in crisis could be just as important or helpful as seeking care when you are at your peak levels of stress.

We often feel as though there is never a good time to start therapy.  Either work is really busy, or you have a lot of travel coming up, or you already feel overextended in your day to day life. (more…)

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powering through

When “Powering Through” Does Not Work

Why Your Usual Coping Style is Failing You

Many of us go through life moving a mile a minute. We are so used to being busy, pushing through, and getting the job done. But what happens when you push and push, and all that pushing fails?
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Trauma and PTSD in Young Children

Trauma and PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) in Young Children

Trauma in children can be a number of things. Trauma can be medical trauma, such as undergoing numerous medical procedures. Trauma can be surviving a car crash. Trauma can be experiencing neglect, bullying, and abuse. Trauma occurs to about 40% of children in the United States. That’s a lot. And chances are, the percentage is even higher.
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Parenting

Does it seem like you can’t get your child to do anything you ask?
Do you feel like all you do is yell, and yet no one hears you?
Does it seem like you have tried everything, but nothing seems to work?

Issues with parenting usually come up when parents are faced with a child that exhibits behavioral difficulties. Sometimes parents find that what worked for one child, doesn’t seem to work for the other! Parents often tell me that they feel at a loss and are not sure how to best parent their child.
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Nutritionist VS RDN

What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Nutritionist?

With the flood of communication via the internet, phone, and electronic devices, many individuals and groups are claiming that they are nutrition experts. Similar to any profession, there are those that have gone through extensive education and training to receive an accredited certification and then there is the fast-track version of schooling.
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Weight Loss and Dieting

Have you spent way too much money on weight loss schemes and programs that force you to take this pill or receive this shot while eating basically nothing? Research has shown that 95% of dieters regain the weight they lost within 5 years. This is because after you have lost the initial 5-10% of your body weight, then your body’s natural, protective instincts kick in.

Why traditional dieting does not promote successful, long-term weight loss:
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