Parenting And Family Therapy Category

UPCOMING: Caregiver Support Group & Mother/Daughter Workshops

Caregiver's Support Group

Are you the primary caregiver for an aging, sick, or disabled loved one? This can be a lonely and difficult job. This support group will help you feel understood and encouraged. You spend so much of your time helping your loved one. This group is here to help you! Ongoing from 11 am to 12:15 pm Saturdays. The cost is $10 to cover cost of materials. REGISTRATION REQUIRED by contacting Christianne at or call 817-993-1170. For more information, visit

Mother/Daughter Workshop for Young Adults and Their Mothers

Do you feel your mother/daughter relationship is not what you want it to be? Is your relationship filled with misunderstandings and hurt feelings? During this 2 hour workshop, I want to help you and your mother or daughter better connect and understand each other. This workshop is for daughters ages 20 to 29 and their mothers.
Saturday, April 12, from 1 pm to 3 pm
$20 per mother/daughter duo
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Mindfulness for Kids

Mindfulness is usually reserved for adults, but it does not have to be. Children of all ages experience stress and tension physically, the inability to focus or concentrate, as well as distressing emotions (i.e anxiety, anger, sadness). The great thing about children is that they can adapt easily to mindfulness as well.

You may be asking, what is mindfulness? How can I get my child to sit still long enough to practice? The best way to conceptualize mindfulness is the ability to be present and to be in the here and the now. It is a way of observing, describing, and fully engaging in the moment. Now, how can we get our children to fully engage in the moment? Here are some techniques:

1. Be mindful of the breath: Observing the breath is the simplest way to start mindfulness. For example, if I tell you to not think of the color red, you are definitely going to think of the color red. So if you help the child think about breathing, it will be easier for them to focus on their breath. If y...

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7 Ways To Teach Your Child Meditation

Meditation is, in fact, a handy tool that is worth knowing how to do. In this fast paced, high-tech culture, it is easy to keep going, missing the finer details of life only to gain the bigger reward. As adults, we know that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is the discipline required to meditate! Meditation is the slowing down of things; the clearing of the mind; paying attention to details; observing life and self; being grounded and present in the moment; being aware of the thread that makes the fabric. Meditation is awareness. In order to teach awareness, you must first become aware for yourself. Children are naturally more aware than adults so it may be easy for them to ease into the practice.

Here are some ways to teach your child to meditate. Because children naturally have a short attention span, give them activities that are fun for them to do, as well as quick, and simple.

1. Lead by example: Develop your own meditation practice. Children learn instantly if they...

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Troubled adolescents: Working therapeutically using a schema focused approach

Written by Dr Dorothy Ojarikri, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Director of UK Private Psychology.

Working therapeutically with troubled adolescents is always both challenging and rewarding and never more so than with those adolescents who lack a supportive relationship with a parent or other adult. Maxine*, 18, is one such young person referred by both her Aunt and herself for therapy last autumn and I am sharing my experience of the process so far of schema therapy with her.

Dear Maxine

During our initial 3 psychological assessment sessions you described what a struggle life has been for you. Your Mum and Dad divorced ten years ago following an acrimonious separation involving marital infidelity by them both. Both your Aunt and you report that your Dad has social communication difficulties. He has never met your emotional needs and favours your younger maternal half-sister Kate* leaving you feeling worthless. Since your parents’ divorce your Mum has worked as a prostitut...

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Children in care: 5 ways psychologists and therapists can help them achieve their potential

Written by Dr Dorothy Ojarikri, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Director of UK Private Psychology.

The number of children ‘looked after’ by the state in foster, residential parental or kinship care rose to over 91,000 across the United Kingdom (UK) partly due to public concern about recent child deaths and serious child maltreatment. It is ironic that UK children in care are described as ‘looked after’ as for decades they have been identified as experiencing higher rates of education, mental health, offending and other problems than other young people. As psychologists and therapists working in clinical practice it is tempting to believe we can resolve these problems with therapy. But psychologists and other therapists do have a vital role to play in supporting young people in care to build psychological resilience and reach their potential by working with children in care more broadly and systemically and I make the following recommendations:

1. Provide r...

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Groundbreaking New Research On The Science Of Attachment In Relationships!

In November 2013, Sue Johnson shared the results of a groundbreaking collaboration between herself and University of Virginia Neuroscientist Dr. James Coan. They showed for the first time that Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) changes how the brain perceives and responds to threat.The research findings have important implications for all of us. We all know that EFT can deepen love and create a more secure emotional bond, but we haven’t always understood how this happens. It seems that science is giving us a deeper understanding of how love (and adult attachment security) works at the level of brain function.

Here is a link to this amazing research:

For those of you that may not have the time to read it, Sue has summarized the findings like this:

The study dramatically illustrates how couples therapy that teaches people to bond securely, builds the pathway for loving contact that soothes the brain and calms ...

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Help children process the news of a divorce! Part #I

Children have different reactions to their parents’ separation, which is in accordance with their developmental stage.

Pre-schoolers may cry, ignore the news, pretend they haven’t heard anything and ask for permission to go play, or show no emotion at all. But, no matter what their initial reaction to the big new is, it does not mean that they are fine with it. Most of the time, their emotional and/or behavioral reaction to divorce unfolds within time.

“Play” has a critical role in processing difficult information for kids. Pre-schoolers’ play may demonstrate families (of animals, dolls, cars, etc) with themes of going on trips, fights, yelling at, leaving, loneliness, and empty houses, which allows kids to practice control over their feelings regarding divorce and separation, i.e. they control who leaves, when they leave, etc. Adults process the same difficult information through talking to friends, family, and therapists and through critical thinki...

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Dating Tips For Single Parents

For many single parents, casual dating can be frustrating and annoying. Looking for a new partner, however, can be downright frightening. In fact many single parents who are gun shy after divorce go in one of two directions. They either convince themselves they are better off not going beyond getting their feet wet (at best) or they deny and minimize their fears, which can lead to making reckless plunges.

Why? Well, the chronically painful realities of divorce that involve children may be likened to having a chronic and debilitating illness like arthritis. Instead of periodic flare ups of painful inflammation of muscles and joints we are left dealing with periodic flare ups of our children’s painful struggles to come to terms with our divorces, flare ups of our own painful struggles to come to terms with divorce and episodic painful dealings with our divorced spouses. The evolution and stabilization of split off family units do not come about without mourning obsolete family uni...

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Parental Authority And The Criminal Justice System

For six years I assessed the mental health treatment needs of adults who were caught in the revolving door of a state criminal justice system in New England. To piece together the histories of these clients, I spoke with inmates' parents whenever possible. These interviews showed me how parents had lost control of their children: victims of parental indifference and abuse were primed to demand reparations from a community that was about to pay dearly for what these children felt robbed of growing up. One doesn’t behave in respectful ways as an adult when fed a steady diet of disrespect as a child.

The abdication and/or abuse of parental authority incubates the development of antisocial traits. The antidote to the behavioral viruses these traits spawn is a parenting philosophy built on a bedrock of benevolent authority. Benevolent authority is put into action as consistent and continuous dialogues with our children where we actively listen to and clarify what we hear, reflect back...

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Let It Sit!

We have an expression at my house and it is "let it sit." What it means is, when there is a decision to be made, just wait for a while. Weigh your options, think it through, talk to people about it (especially with experts in the issue), then make your move! Throughout my nearly 53 years on earth, I have found this mode of thinking to work for me (and my family) countless times. Conversely, when I have made a snap decision, I have almost always regretted it. Of course there are times when a snap decision is necessary: Like our recent run in with a frozen water pipe-but 99% of the time things can wait. What about you? Are you a patient person? Have you applied the "let it sit" mentality in your own life? If so, I'll bet it worked for you too! In our fast paced culture, it may be a bit more challenging to "let it sit" but it is always the best way way to go.

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