I Don’t Wanna Feel Like This Anymore

Depression is characterized by a cluster of symptoms that co-occur. Disturbed sleep, disturbed appetite, disturbed concentration, feeling sad/down/low/agitated/hopeless/empty, periods of crying, a lack of pleasure in activities that one normally would feel pleasure, and more concerning are thoughts of not wanting to live/wanting to die.  Almost any one symptom alone would not indicate depression, but […]

The Collaborative Divorce Process: A Six-Legged-Race

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Clients want a divorce to be as efficient and effective as is possible. Of course we want this in most things we do.  Clients also want to protect their children as much as possible from the effects of divorce.  The Collaborate divorce process is a newer alternative dispute resolution process that incorporates a multidisciplinary team of professionals […]

Parenting Strategies to Create A Calm Environment At Home

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Being a parent can be overwhelming. Especially nowadays during our new norm: COVID. Since the pandemic began, I have noticed an overall pattern when working with parents and families. The majority of families have been facing increasing overwhelm at home since the pandemic began due to many factors. Here are some strategies that can help […]

The Role and Function of the Facilitator in a Collaborative Divorce Process

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Many people come into the Collaborative Divorce Process not really knowing much about how the process works or the roles of each professional.  The Collaborative Process is a series of team meetings where specific tasks and objectives are addressed in order to resolve all aspects and issues related to a family in transition.  In preparation […]

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy was developed by Marsha Linehan and started to become more widely known to the public around 1993, upon the publication of her book and skills training manual.  DBT is a comprehensive treatment approach that was first developed to help clients that had persistent self-injurious behavior (like cutting, or burning oneself) and/or had […]

Divorce: What About The Kids?

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While divorce can be very stressful for adults, it is often the children who suffer as a result of this major disruption in their lives. It is important to know that each child reacts differently to their parents’ divorce. Some suffer from extreme anger or destructive behaviors, while others experience emotional sensitivity or guilt. Some […]

Divorcing Smoothly when children are involved

For most people, parents going through a divorce is one of the toughest things having to deal with. Whether the divorce took place years ago or is happening right now, many kids and teens tend to feel alone and unsure on how to cope with the divorce. Parents, on the other hand, are constantly looking […]

Why A Lotus?

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The lotus flower is one of the most ancient symbols of our planet and the lotus also has a life cycle unlike any other. With its roots based in mud, it submerges every night into murky river water, and undeterred by its dirty environment, the lotus miraculously re-blooms the next morning without any residue on its petals. […]

Survival Tool Kit for Maintaining Sobriety

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From addiction to sobriety it is a challenging journey with various milestones along the way. It involves maintaining a state of no intoxication and needs your focus and investment of all your energy to succeed. It is easy to give in to temptation and therefore, you need to find a way to replace the bad […]

How Can Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Help My Teen

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If your teen is struggling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills can help enhance self-awareness, manage fluctuating and overwhelming emotions, impulsive behaviors, and relationship issues. Teens are programmed to seek new information from others outside their familial nucleus and crave the interaction of their peers. During the teenage years learning changes from concrete to abstract thinking […]