After a divorce there are still issues to address. One of the major issues is child custody and visitation, especially exchanges for visitations. The issues usually are addressed in the divorce settlement and the Court Mediation report. However, even though the Mediation Agreement attempts to address these issues, there are usually still issues. I have…

Change is an inevitable part of our lives! While some kids embrace change, others find it challenging. One of the changes that kids have to face every year is having a new teacher. For kids, who have a slower pace in bonding with new people, going back to school and not knowing what to expect…

Practice-base studies show that cognitive-behavioral techniques are effective in the treatment of children’s mental health problems such as depression, generalized anxiety, school refusal, social phobias, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma and sexual abuse, and eating disorders. Two phases of CBT treatment in children includes: 1) Psycho-education, where children learn to recognize…

A fresh outlook is required in dealing with the emotional stress of life. Take five minutes to picture a positive outcome toward stress. I suggest you do this before going to bed. This will give you time to really sleep on it. Using the word fresh, such as fresh orange juice, fresh muffins, fresh air,…

 1.  Take time to talk and listen to each other:  after school, at dinner(make eating one meal a day together a priority), and at bedtime.   2.  Plan family meetings.  Discuss plans for recreation.  Notice and affirm effort and improvement from individual family members.  Plan special activities.  Problem solve and arrange a chore schedule.    3. …

La pleine conscience est un état d’esprit dans lequel l’individu focalise son attention sur les sensations corporelles. Une personne pleinement consciente a connaissance des manières dont son corps réagit aux sources de stress, qui provoquent des pensées et des symptômes physiques d’anxiété. Par la pratique de l’art-thérapie de la pleine conscience, la personne s’entraîne à…

Because of the recent press about the amazing benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy more and more therapists are bringing their dogs to work. Is this Animal Assisted Therapy? Animal Assisted Therapy involves a trained counselor or therapist working with a trained animal in a goal-directed way within that therapists’ area of expertise. The therapist should…

Dr Judy Sedgeman will present a weekend retreat Oct 20 and 21 in Hartford. Judy recently left her post as Director of Public Policy at the University of S. Florida in order to spread knowledge of 3 Principles that lead people back to their Innate Mental Health, for mental health professionals and the general public.…