Using ACT to Get Unstuck

When anxiety and depression find their way into your world, whether personally, with a family member or dear friend, they have a way of getting us stuck, and pull us from the things we care … Read more

Reality Check: Back-to-School Edition

Kids and teens are returning to school this year as adults continue arguing about masks and vaccines. Some students are even entering new schools and classrooms after more than a year of learning from home. … Read more

Accepting Difficult Emotions Part 6: Boredom

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. Boredom Everyone … Read more

Accepting Difficult Emotions Part 5: Anger

Purpose of the emotion Anger is an essential boundary emotion. When someone makes us angry, they have “crossed the line.” Anger sends the message that something in the environment is unacceptable or that something in … Read more

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 … 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  … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read more

Re-Entering Work After The Pandemic

As more adults receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the possibility of returning to “business as usual” is starting to feel real. While some jobs may remain remote indefinitely, many of us face a challenging transition back … Read more

Behavioral Activation for Teens

Behavioral activation (BA) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy, designed to treat depression. It is a targeted, uncomplicated behavioral treatment that targets patterns of avoidance and sets us up for opportunities for positive reinforcement … Read more

Using Reinforcement to Promote Child Behavior Change

From a behavioral psychological perspective, behavior is maintained by positive and negative reinforcement. This means that behavior is more likely to occur as the result of the consequences that follow it. Positive reinforcement occurs when … Read more