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Coping Strategies

4 Reasons Why

I often wonder why teens like me. Beneath my short brown hair is mostly grey. I am at the point in my career where I could be their grandmother in some cases! I feel exhausted by 4pm and I'm losing my memory to menopause....


Coping Strategies

5 Fun Interventions for Teens

Sometimes teenagers are quick to anger and quick to change.  Being able to have a safe place to blow off steam is not a bad thing.  It's much better than holding it all inside.  That's why I have a punching bag in the back of my office. Here are some other ways to help teens in trouble:

 Teens might be mad that their parents sent them to therapy in the first place.  Why me?  Why am I...


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To Sext or Not to Sext


Why would a 14 year old send a *nude* to a guy she barely knows?

The next day, it's all over the school.

Do they really not understand?  Is anything sacred?  Is it all for attention?

You bet.

Teens with low self-esteem are more likely to sext than their more confident peers.

In particular, over the past year, press coverage and policy discussions have focused on how teens are using or misusing cell phones as part of their sexual...


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Teens and Trauma: 3 Telltale Signs

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Psychosocial Symptoms include:

Emotional numbing
Sadness
Guilt
Low self-esteem
Inability to trust others
Avoidance of memories or situations that trigger memories of the event
Flashbacks of the event
Intrusive memories of the event
Nightmares and night terrors
Fears about death
Worry

Know a few teens who look like this?



Coping Strategies

Angry With Desire: What Teens Do

Pretend you are 16 again. What did you do every day? Every summer? Did you have a carefree beach roaming adventure or did you go to a programmed summer camp of competitive sports? It doesn’t matter. You see, you had something to do. The...


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The Big Negotiation: Everybody Wins

Is it OK for therapists to negotiate with teens and their parents? Sure!  The first step is that I align myself with the teen so they can calmly approach the adult with their demands.


1. If I get my grades up can I get my driver's permit?
2. If I study after school can I have my phone at night?
3. If I tell you where I am can...