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Family Life

How to Promote Healthy Emotional-Social Development of iGen Teens


In her popular article, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?, Jean M. Twenge refers to the “iGen”---those born between 1995 and 2012 that have been shaped by smartphones and social media. She says that while this generation might be physically safer than adolescents have ever been (because they’re “more comfortable online than out partying”), they are “on the brink of a mental health crisis.“ She adds that the research says, “The more time teens spend...
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Psychology

#metoo: How to Respond to Sexual Trauma



Many of you have probably seen friends post "#metoo" on Twitter, Facebook and social media.  In the wake of recent allegations of multiple sexual harassment and sexual assault per Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano suggested people  utilize the #MeToo campaign (founded by Tarana Burke) for victims of sexual assault to break their silence and share their stories.

As a therapist who is passionate about the destigmatization of mental health issues,...
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General

How to Cope After Acts of Mass Violence

After acts of mass violence, including the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, we may be left without words and with diminished hope. We might ask ourselves, “Why is this occurring? What is happening to the world? What does this mean for our future?”

It's difficult for our minds and hearts to process our thoughts and feelings about horrific acts of violence that happen throughout our world. As a psychotherapist who has been practicing for more...
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Grief

5 Tips for Dealing with Grief


Whether you lost a loved one to sickness, tragedy , divorce or even a significant break-up, loss is a trauma. Losses can create identity challenges, lifestyle changes, financial problems and even have social implications.

After 20 years of counseling clients through grief as well as experiencing my own losses, I recommend the following:

1) Be patient with yourself.  There is no timeline for grief.  It is different for each person.  Honor your feelings and your own experience. ...
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Family Life

5 Ways to Be a Less Anxious Parent


As a therapist who has counseled parents for 20 years and as a mother of two daughters (ages 14 and 11), I understand that parenthood is a rollercoaster of highs and lows with many opportunities for learning. A friend with older teens recently advised, “Hang onto your hat!” I am sure the lessons will

Parenthood can be an anxiety-provoking experience from in utero (“Is everything going okay in there??”) to grandparenthood (“How can my baby handle...
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Career

15 Ways to Live Authentically & Amazingly



Anxiety, depression and unhappiness occur when people are not living their lives in a way that is congruent with their authentic selves. This is what I have learned after providing psychotherapy to a diverse clientele for over 20 years.

Also, I've noticed many people get stuck on the proverbial “hamster wheel” of life---an endless cycle of work and household responsibilities and obligations. Seldom do they pause to reflect about who they really are or why they...
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General

20 Ways to Choose Happiness


I love when I notice I’m smiling when I’m alone. The smile isn’t falsely constructed to please anyone else. Rather, it’s naturally powered by my inner bliss, which radiates and beams through my being.

After many years of deep, inner work, I’m at a place in my life where I seem to have found greater peace and more bountiful joy. My mind is free to dream. My heart sings. My...
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