Safety Is The Connecting Link for Children

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I work with children and teens who are the victims of bullying behavior.  They display anxiety, depression, and shame.  These symptoms and their cause are obvious and treatable.  What about teenage girls who are anorexic or cutting themselves?  These issues … Continue reading

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Children Should Have a Dream

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Dreams Aren’t Just For Fairy Tales! Children burdened with anxiety are often not able to embrace the idea of having a dream.  For these children, dreams are seen as a source of stress and potential failure.  They may be receiving … Continue reading

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The Young Veteran and PTSD

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The Young Veteran and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) While there are many similarities in the PTSD conditions we are seeing in veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq compared to Vietnam Veterans, there are also significant differences.  Unlike the Vietnam … Continue reading

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The Cure for Stuck

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As a therapist I often see children who are “stuck.”  These are children who are trapped in anger, rage, and depression.   When parents ask me what they can do, I often suggest a simple starting point.  “Play with your child.”  … Continue reading

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Our Boundary Teaching Entrepreneurs

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Meet You At The Boundary Have you ever had a single momentary experience that you knew- just knew– would likely change your life forever?  I was fortunate enough to have such a moment in 1995 when my graduate school advisor … Continue reading

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Boundary Psychology: Panic and Anxiety Attacks

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Why That Panic Attack Might Be Your Best Friend You’re driving along and it hits you, seemingly out of nowhere.  Shortness of breath, sweating, heart palpitations, fear that you are out of control and might crash at any moment.  Many … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Call Them “Bullies”

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When did we start believing it was okay to call a child, even one who is displaying terrible behavior, names?  And, did we ever stop to think this is an extension of the same behavior we are trying to eliminate? … Continue reading

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