Adolescent & Teenager Psychotherapy Blog

In Defense of Listening

In defense of listening? Who would doubt that listening is an important, even powerful tool? Nobody reading this - that is certain. However, we all (myself included) can forget just how profound it is to feel heard and how healing this can be for relationships. When we truly listen we are giving another person validation, attention, and acceptance. There is...[ read more ]

How Was School?

If your child or teenager is like most, they hate that question. It is the quintessential question that parents ask their kids and I'd like to offer you a few pointers if the response you get to that question is, "Fine." As parents, you want to stay informed and connected, and it's important to know what's happening because a lot...[ read more ]

Handling Back to School Anxiety

Summer is almost over and it's time to get ready for sending your kids back to school. While this time of year can bring relief and long-awaited consistency to parents' lives it can also be quite stressful for some kids. For kids with less than positive feelings about school their anxieties and upset can be easier to understand. It's more...[ read more ]

My Top 2 Tips for Talking with your Teenager

Keeping lines of communication open between parents and teenagers isn't always easy. I work with parents who are devoted to maintaining strong ties with their adolescents. If you have a teenager that tells you everything, or even one that tells you a lot, you may be doing these things already. The truth is that any parent can improve communication with...[ read more ]

Parenting An Angry Teen

Raising a teenager can be one of the most challenging experiences a parent will go through. Teenagers are in an awkward stage, dealing with hormonal changes that are out of their control and a developing brain. They’re awakening to new realizations about themselves and the world around them.Teenage rebellion is a natural phase, however, handling it as a parent is...[ read more ]

How to Help Children Understand a Parent’s Depression

Many parents experience clinical depression each year. As if the disease weren’t enough, recognizing its effects on your children can be quite painful.Studies have shown that children of depressed parents are at greater risk of not only developing depression themselves, but also of poor physical health, problems bonding, anxiety, poor self-esteem and aggressive behavior. Of course, different things will determine the...[ read more ]

4 Healthy Ways to Distract Yourself from Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural dialogue between our mind and body. It’s a red flag that something might be going on in our surroundings that requires our attention.For most of us, anxiety is an uncomfortable but fleeting feeling that pops up on occasion during particularly stressful times. For some, anxiety may be more present and color more of their daily life....[ read more ]

Why Someone Suffering From Depression Can’t Just ‘Get Over It’

When talking about depression, a lot of people forget that depression is an illness that requires proper attention and treatment. If you’re depressed, it can be incredibly frustrating to hear things like “Just get over it”, “You’re being really dramatic”, “You have to be strong”, “Learn to deal with it”, “Happiness is a choice”. You might start to think of...[ read more ]

America The Beautiful 2 – Coming To San Francisco This Month I'm looking forward to seeing this new documentary on America's obsessions with beauty and thinness.

Keeping Your Family Happy Over The Holidays

The winter holidays are once again upon us. The time has come to spend some time away from work and school and to enjoy family. While filled with excitement and joy, the holidays are stressful for many people. Whether you are planning to spend you holidays at home or away, here are some simple reminders to ensure a truly happy...[ read more ]

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