The Group Tonight: Why Can’t We Try Harder to Get Along?

My teen group is comprised of all shapes and colors of girls.

Girls who vape, have sex, stay on their phones all night, and have worries that are part of our larger world: friends getting shot to death; murdered. Friends who have been abused. Boys, girls, families with no anchor. Climate change. Not attending school. Phobic of attending school.  Parents who have two jobs. Parents who live in bad neighborhoods and don't let their kids out, ever....


Anxiety, CBD, and my Dog

Now that I've become an empty nester I am scared. Scared of the void with nothing to do. Scared of all work and no play. Anxious about the future of our planet, and hurricanes, global warming not to mention guns. So that is a broad spectrum of anxiety right there, and I know my kids and clients have it too.
Would CBD Oil help?
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The Drop Off Take 2.0 – We Wait til the Time is Right

How to describe the panic of separation and its necessity? I am overcome with sobs of grief but luckily my husband is there ever so sensitive, "she didn't die ya know."

College drop off. When you realize that all the crap you bought was already at the college Target down the road for a fraction of the price you paid.

College drop off, which we've talked about ad nauseum. Do your work. Don't talk to idiot jocks. Focus...


Dear Daughter, and Bed Bath & Beyond the Hype

My first daughter went to college and it was huge alright. Getting into a top school after facing down defeat at that racket called early decision, she got a deal so wonderful I walked around looking behind my shoulder to see if it was a trick. Yet they let her in and I let her go, despite my irrational fear it could all be taken from us in a moment.  Meanwhile,...


Our Chaotic World and Why We Can Fix it Now

As the world turns we have always had decades of war, pogroms, famine and fascism. I'm reminded of the worst-ever episode of my childhood: the odd-even gas lines. Can you imagine, children of the 60's, that being the harshest thing? Now the chaos seems biblical: border patrol paranoia, astronomical healthcare costs, malignant narcissist liar president, global warming, not to mention terrorism, gun violence and having to get stuck in a...


You Got Your Kids into College – 6 Ways to Keep them There

As if the college process wasn't hard enough, now your college-kid is going through depression, anxiety, test anxiety, choosing a major and endless triggers that keeps him or her from succeeding.  Here's the low-down.
I have kids coming into my office every summer who are freaking out.  Freaking out means disstressed, uptight, undone, confused, panicked and withdrawn.  Whether drugs and alcohol...