Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation relies on paradoxical processes. What this means is that it is challenging to “try to relax.” We have all been in a situation where someone tells us to calm down, and we react with anger and irritation. Trying to suppress our emotions, numb or not feel them, may work to get rid of unwanted … Read more

Warning Signs That You Should Seek Treatment for Anxiety

Anxiety is part of everyday life. We all get stressed out, dread obligations, get overwhelmed with responsibilities, worry about being evaluated at work, and get nervous when deadlines are looming. The price of doing anything important or taking up responsibility for yourself is some degree of stress and anxiety. A little anxiety can help spur … Read more

Accepting Difficult Emotions Part 4: Disgust

This article is part of a series on accepting difficult emotions. I hope that this series will contribute to understanding and accepting some of the more challenging aspects of the shared human experience.    Disgust  Disgust is a common experience and has many different descriptions in everyday language. People describe disgust as an icky, yucky, … Read more

Accepting Difficult Emotions Part 3: Shame

This article is part of a series on accepting difficult emotions. I hope that this series will contribute to understanding and accepting some of the more challenging aspects of the shared human experience.    Seven Destructive Qualities of Shame  You’ve dropped your lunch right in front of your peers, and the food goes airborne! (Who … Read more

Accepting Difficult Emotions Part 2: Fear

This article is part of a series on accepting difficult emotions. I hope that this series will contribute to understanding and accepting some of the more challenging aspects of the shared human experience. Fear  Fear is a familiar experience in response to a perceived threat. Fear is automatic, fast-acting, and creates profound changes in our … Read more

Accepting Difficult Emotions Part 1: Acceptance

This article is part of a series on accepting difficult emotions. I hope that this series will contribute to understanding and accepting some of the more challenging aspects of the shared human experience.    Article One: Acceptance  We all want to be in control of our lives and our destinies.  Sometimes that is not possible.  … Read more

Back-to-School Anxiety: What Parents and Professionals Need to Know

As summer heat waves break records across the country, many kids and teens have already started preparations for the upcoming school year. Given the many months of learning at home, virtual school, hybrid education, and socially-distanced classes (or some combination of all of these), students are in for another strange and anxiety-provoking back-to-school season. Here … Read more

Tantrums

Every parent dreads them. The relative peace of your home is shattered by a wail, a cry or a scream. Your child is thwarted in one his or her goals or simply at their wits end and they cannot help it. What do you do? First of all it can help to know some things … Read more

Social Skills

After over a year of togetherness with family, social distancing, and online learning, children and teens have a big challenge ahead: returning to the classroom and their social worlds. For some kids, the move back to larger social groups, school routines, and time with peers will be a relief and source of joy. Yet, for … Read more

5 Tips for a Mentally Healthy Summer for Kids & Teens

The Memorial Day holiday marks the start of the summer for many students. While summer usually means lower stress levels without the pressures of school and extracurriculars, it can be the perfect time to focus on mental health. Here are five ways to support kids’ and teens’ mental health this time of year:  Make a … Read more