Simplify Your Life for the Holidays

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 – by Kimmy Peterson, MFT – Simplify: sim·pli·fy; ˈsimpləˌfī/ verb: to make less complicated, clearer, or easier We are about to head into one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year, the holidays. The holiday season can be hectic and demanding both emotional and financially. Take a step back and ask yourself: Is this working for my family, and …

Parenting Teenagers

What is a parent’s role during the teen years? – by Marcus Moore, MFT – Some of the most common questions parents raise in therapy (besides “How can I get him to do his homework?!”) have to do with the role of parents during their child’s teen years. By the time parents are ready to seek counseling for their teenagers, …

How NOT to Support Your Teen in Therapy

Creating Resistance by “Dropping In” on Your Teenager’s Sessions –    A major error that I have seen parents make time and time again over the years is the mistake of showing up unannounced to a therapy session with their teenager. Parents usually do this in order to bring up an issue that they want their teen to work on …

“Don’t Look At The Trees!” – Why Anxiety Avoidance Doesn’t Work

(and how to avoid anxiety…)  – by Marcus Moore, MFT – I remember when I first learned how to ski as a young boy. I would try to stay in the middle of the ski slope, but I kept finding myself close to the edge where I would almost hit the trees. One day my instructor asked me what this was …

Getting More than “Fine” From Your Teen Daughter

Simple Strategies to Engage Your Child – by Lauren Ogren, MFT – You: “How was school?” Your teen: “Fine.” -Silence- If this happens to you, you’ve probably felt frustration, tension and feelings of helplessness as your teen appears to give more attention to her smart phone than to her family. How can you get more than a one word response from your teen …

Your Teen Daughter – Teaching Her Accountability

– by Jessica Gray – When you first held that bundle of joy wrapped in her little blanket, you were overcome with love and joy. Your child represented new life, a new opportunity and your life’s biggest responsibility. As you navigated the late nights, the early mornings and the first years of walking, talking, preschool and kindergarten, you often reminded …