Balancing Rewards and Consequences in Parenting

Discipline is a common point of contention and confusion in the parenting community. Everyone has an opinion on what works and what hurts. The problem is, people don’t often take into consideration that every child is different, every parent is different, and every child/parent relationship is different. Every system needs to be adjusted to what…

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Parenting and Respect

In clinical practice we often have parents come into session expressing concern over their children disrespecting them and acting out. They often make comments regarding how they were raised to respect their elders and how children should just automatically respect their parents. The problem is, you have to give respect to get respect and children…

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Why Sleep Matters

It seems like common sense that healthy sleep equals healthy and happy people, unfortunately the majority of our society are not getting healthy sleep. There are more reasons than I could possibly count as to why this is a problem. Life has gotten faster and busier, and sleep just no longer seems like a priority.…

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Staying in the Moment

In today’s busy and chaotic world, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all of it. It is almost impossible to go a day without hearing about some tragedy in the world, someone who needs help, a political battle, or just simple conflict between people we care about. Pile this on top of the daily…

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Therapy for Affairs

Affairs or infidelity is one of the most stressful, harmful, and painful experiences a couple can go through. It is also one of the top reasons a couple may come in for marriage counseling. The pain and damage caused by an affair goes well beyond the initial hurt caused, but leads to many deeper issues.…

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What is an Accountable Care Organization?

After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare world began hearing a lot of discussion about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). These entities are networks of hospitals, doctors and other health care providers that take on not only the medical responsibility for a group of patients, but financial responsibility as well. The overall idea…

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What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating Disorders are serious conditions that include persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact physical and mental health. They include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating Disorder. The focus of most eating disorders is on weight and body image, and secondly eating and exercising behaviors that control weight. If severe enough, they can cause significant damage…

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What is Substance Abuse?

Substance Abuse is a broad category of diagnosis that involve addiction and excessive use of a drug; including, alcohol, narcotics, opioids, marijuana, or a combination of many. Addiction or dependence are the most common terms used to describe substance abuse and are defined as a chronic, persistent, compulsive use of a substance to alter mood…

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What is Self-Injury?

Self-Injury is the act of purposely causing harm to one’s own body in order to cope with emotional pain, anger, or frustration. It is not typically associated with suicidal thoughts or attempts. The injury brings a temporary relief of the emotional pain; however, it is often followed by guilt or shame and a return of…

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What is Separation Anxiety?

Separation Anxiety is defined by the DSM as developmentally inappropriate and excessive anxiety concerning separation from home or from those to whom the individual is attached. In children and adolescents it must be present for at least four weeks and in adults at least six months. This anxiety is considered excessive and inappropriate to the…

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