1. Are You Making the Most of Your Therapy? 7 Tips

    Don't miss these tips on taking an active role in counseling. If you're struggling or stuck, counseling may be a good way to get a new perspective, move forward positively and protect your well-being. And if you're living with a mental health condition, seeing a therapist may be a key part of your treatment plan. Are you in talk therapy or considering it? These tips can help you make the most of i…Read More

  2. Make Back to School AWESOME: Some Tips

    By Ted Feinberg, EdD, NCSP, & Katherine C. Cowan National Association of School Psychologists Overcoming Anxiety Let your children know you care. If your child is anxious about school, send personal notes in the lunch box or book bag. Reinforce the ability to cope. Children absorb their parent’s anxiety, so model optimism and confidence for your child. Let your child know that it is natural …Read More

  3. A Tip for a Happier Relationship – Turn Toward

    Do You Turn Toward, Turn Away Or Turn Against? Savannah Ellis, MPsych Each day, our partners make many attempts to connect with us, both verbal and nonverbal. World renowned couples research, Dr. John Gottman calls these attempts “bids” for emotional connection. A bid can be a question, a look, an affectionate touch or anything else that opens the door to connection. In his research, Gottman r…Read More

  4. When Life Gets Hard—Finding Your Way

    That which you would change, must first be accepted as is. (Anonymous) First of all, it’s a privilege to do the work I do. As a therapist, I am trusted with the most critically important issues people can face in life. Big or small, one rule applies:  if it’s important to you, it’s important to me. Some of these issues are easy to identify, harder to change: leave an abusive relationship. L…Read More

  5. 12 Tips to Help Your Child Listen and Follow Directions

    By Andrea Slagle-Abrams, LSCSW 1.  Get close to them and use their name to get their attention first.  It is not helpful to call from across the room.  For example, go up to your child and say, “Sally, I have something I need you to do.” 2.  Once you have their attention and eye contact, give them the direction in an age-appropriate manner.  A three year-old may not be able to do more tha…Read More

  6. Getting the Most out of Therapy

    No matter if you are coming in for depression help, anxiety help, marriage counseling, or other issues, many factors determine the depth of relief and satisfaction a client experiences from their counseling. Here are some suggestions for making your therapeutic experience the best possible: 1) Be totally honest. Believe me, I've heard every story. The human condition contains basic elements that e…Read More

  7. Couples Communication

    WHAT Did You Just Say? Communication Differences of Men and Women “He should just KNOW what I want if he loves me,” she exclaims. “I TRY to solve her problems, but she gets mad when she’s upset and I give her advice,” he declares. And both of them think they are right. And both of them have a right to see it that way. And both of them would be wise to learn to see it from another point o…Read More

  8. Healing Low Self-Esteem

    Marilisa Sachteleben Remember that healing is a process; one day at a time. Your self-esteem wasn't trashed overnight and true recovery takes a long time. But you will be energized as you begin to feel better. Pause and listen to the negative messages you send yourself and talk back. Learn to catch yourself and delete negative messages. Generate some new positive images, memories and messages. If …Read More

  9. Who Cares For the Caretaker?

    By Amie Koehn, LCSW “I just don’t know if I can do it anymore,” my client said as she cried. “He just needs so much, you know? I don’t think I can do it all.” Are you taking care of an elderly parent, spouse, sibling or an adult child? Taking care of an adult presents unique challenges. It’s hard enough providing 24 hour care for children, but what happens when the person we’re car…Read More

  10. Alcohol Use—or Overuse? Screening Questions to Consider

    Have you ever wondered if, or been told that, you drink too much? Contrary to popular opinion, there are standards by which professional therapists measure and diagnose whether or not your use falls into troublesome levels. These standards are based on research produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  It’s not just drinking daily-- if it’s no more than 1 daily drin…Read More