The end of the school year is around the corner and it is that time of year again – it’s Finals time. Your teenagers are probably very stressed or getting stressed. There is a lot of things going on right now, Junior Prom, Senior Ball and other end of the year activities. As I stated…

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…

Is your anger out of control? Is it negatively impacting your life? Anger is a normal human emotion, however when it becomes uncontrolled it can have damaging consequences on your relationships and health. Uncontrolled anger can elevate blood pressure; increase the threat of heart disease, anxiety disorders, stroke, cancer and depression. Persons who manage their…

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. …