Famous Last Words

I had an interesting dream one night last month.  It came right after  I fell asleep.  I dreamed I was on a phone call to someone who wasn’t a family member or friend when suddenly I heard a strange noise and the room darkened.  I shifted to look out the window while still chatting and saw […]

Complaining: Habit, Hobby, or Depression?

I remember when I filled out my profile on my personal Facebook page years ago.  When I got to the question about hobbies, I answered “complaining.”  I was reminded of this the other day when I browsed my wall and found a meme saying something to the effect of “Of course I complain!  I’m a […]

Have I Got a Job for YOU!!

What if I told you that I have a job for you?  Here’s the description of the hours:  you’ll work 8am-3pm with one 10 minute break in the morning and you’ll have 30 minutes to eat lunch.  You got off early, which is great!  You will, however,  have at least 3-5 hours of work to […]

Summer Slump and Self Esteem

Now that school is out for the summer (yay!), what are your kids going to do all day? Most parents find that the answer to this question changes over time.  When my kids were young, they stayed in pre-school.  Once they were out of pre-school, I scrambled to find them interesting and engaging day camps […]

Mental Health Awareness Month

Here we are at the end of Mental Health Awareness Month, otherwise known as May.  I’ve watched so many great memes, articles, and personal stories come up on Facebook over the last several weeks that, in many ways, it’s been hard to jump into the conversation.  The poignancy and elegance of those written accounts of […]

Hooray! I Made a Mistake!!!

About a year and a half ago I attended a workshop put on by a beloved colleague.  About 25 of us gathered on a Friday evening to hear about the use of improv in therapy.  At least, we THOUGHT we were coming to hear about improv but it turned out the presenter had other plans. […]

How Worried Do You Need to Be?

When I began my private practice, the majority of my clients suffered from depression.  What I’ve noticed  over the years is a trend towards anxiety ~ especially in the teenagers I see.  When adults ask me why kids are so anxious, I turn the questions back toward them:  “Well, aren’t YOU?”  There’s a lot in […]

Are You Struggling with Your Child’s Digital Disconnect?

Last month I had the distinct privilege of speaking in front of parents and employees at a local middle school.  My subject was parenting in the age of distraction and many parents came in, eager to learn about parenting through the teen years.  After introducing the parents to some of the neurological alterations that happen […]

When Your Child Takes the Road Less Traveled

In case you have a senior in high school and don’t already know this: college applications are due! But what if your child isn’t interested in or able to matriculate into a four-year college?  There’s so much pressure on our teens to continue their formal education right out of high school but saying college is right […]

Post-College Parenting: Now What?

It’s unusual timing but in just five short weeks my daughter will be presenting her final project to graduate from college.  It feels like we dropped her off for her first semester just yesterday and I couldn’t be prouder of the woman she’s become in the process of pursuing her education.  I’m moved beyond words […]