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Parenting Strategies to Create A Calm Environment At Home

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 bring back peace and calm...[ read more ]

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

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 for each team meeting, clients...[ read more ]

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

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 a diagnosis of Borderline Personality...[ read more ]

Divorce: What About The Kids?

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 children begin to have difficulty...[ read more ]

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 for expert advice on how...[ read more ]

Survival Tool Kit for Maintaining Sobriety

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 habit. You will also need...[ read more ]

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

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 ability and the social emotional...[ read more ]

Talking About Infertility with Family and Friends

It happened - a family member, coworker, or friend announced that they were pregnant. You sincerely congratulated them but spent the next 24 hours crying. They did not know that you were trying to get pregnant. A family member asked you at a family gathering when you are going to have a baby. They did not know the emotional impact...[ read more ]

Understanding and Supporting Teens

Many parents struggle with finding ways to support their teens, engage their teens, or connect with their teens. As a teen specialist, the challenges are understandable to me, and especially now as a parent of a 9 and 12 year old (the teen years are around the corner and seemingly already here As a parent, you have spent their...[ read more ]

Facing Life Transitions

You can expect that life will throw you curveballs. Some you might expect or happily welcome, sometimes you might plan to bring changes upon yourself and sometimes we are hit with situations we had no preparation to deal with. (Like in divorce: there are those that have been ready for a while and initiate the process, and those that are...[ read more ]

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