Working with teenagers, I often have parents who are concerned about their teenager using marijuana or alcohol.  Besides the concern that their teenager may be using drugs or alcohol, they are concerned about their teenager becoming addicted.  Besides marijuana and alcohol, parents are concerned about methamphetamines and heroin.  Currently there is an epidemic of  teenagers…

Dr. Hughes and Dr. Becker-Weidman developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) as an attachment-centered treatment for foster children with trauma and attachments issues such as the reactive attachment disorder (RAD). As a family-driven treatment, dyadic therapy pays emphasis on relationships, attachment, and interactive responses. Defining DDP Relationships are pivotal in the holistic development and existence of…

“Listening is one of the deepest, most profound signs of loving — listening to yourself and listening to others. Your heart goes out and wraps around them, and God’s spirit of loving embraces you both.”  John-Roger, DSS      In any relationship from intimate to working to family there are inevitable conflicts and issues to…

Teenage Years is a period of fast biological and psychosocial changes, which have a significant effect on parent-child relationships. A combination of puberty, hormones, peer pressure, and the growing need for independence can be a challenge for any parent. During this turbulent period, both parents and adolescents go through significant formation of new responsibilities and…