Drama…Drama…Drama……DEAD

Charlie Brown and Chris (According to Chris) have many thing in common.  Both are trying to navigate life amidst the drama of relationships at school and at home.  It is sad and exhausting to watch these “characters” try different ways to shed the drama only to be a target of criticism and ridicule with their peers. Their sadness and lonliness is palpable and just when you think the...
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Natural Consequences

It seems to be everywhere.  Whether I am shopping, sitting on the beach or in a restaurant, I see parents “struggling” with their children.  It could be a physical battle or a war of words.  The issues don’t matter.  It could be about wanting more candy, more privileges or just more than what the parent feels is good for the child/teen. I sat on the beach a couple of weeks...
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Morals anyone?

It was a refreshing moment when I overheard my 18 year old daughter saying, “My motto is, keep your mind open and your morals set.”  I immediately tuned into this discussion of beliefs that these two young ladies had about themselves and their behaviors towards others.   For example they would not judge others for doing things they personally have decided not to do. I started...
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The Psychotherapist’s Pledge

My friend Jonna’s husband wrote this pledge back in 1986 which I ascribe to. As a psychotherapist, I am privileged to know many people in depth and to help them in their efforts to resolve their emotional problems and live more fully.  Often frightened, confused, and in great pain, those seeking my help must trust me to care about them and be able to provide the help which I offer. To be...
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Choosing the Right Therapist

When entrusting the care of your child to a helping professional, you have a right to know the provider’s qualifications. There are many modalities (styles) of play therapy, special ways of working with children and teens.  Most  therapists who specialize in working with kids have some skill in several modalities and great skill with at least one modality.  Children do not usually have...
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