This Fall…Meet Them Where They Are: Educating During COVID

As a clinical psychologist, working primarily with high school-age teenagers, I have heard first-hand what it has been like to be a student during COVID-19. Boredom, low motivation, apathy, distractions, no structure, minimal parent understanding of tech, difficulty comprehending material offered online without actual in-person instruction, no peer influence motivating performance (social desirability) = the Read More >

Coronavirus: Find Meaning and Gain Perspective

As I write this post, 279,542 people have died from COVID19. Politics and conjecture aside (i.e., whose to blame, cities opening/staying closed, etc.), these are real people, taken suddenly, with grieving families, and lonely deaths. As we approach week #9 of shelter in-place, I am not going to tell you how to improve your mental Read More >

Teen Self Care During Coronavirus – Simple Workout

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Arms swings forward (10) and backward (10) to warm-up body. High Knee walk in-place (20 seconds) Ten squats Planks (20 seconds) Half-Sit Up (20 seconds) Five Knee on ground Push-Ups Finish with Jumping Jacks (20 seconds)

Teen Self Care During Coronavirus – Created by Teens

It Is Time To Treat Teens Like The Heroes They are

PRAY HOMEWORK ACTING READING PLAYS PLAY WITH SIBLINGS MAKEUP WATCHING TV/SHOWS/VIDEOS HANG OUT WITH FAMILY WATER DECORATING BEDROOM VIDEOGAMING (NO MORE THAN 2 HOURS AT A TIME) GETTING GOOD SLEEP AT NIGHT TEXTING/CALLING/SOME SOCIAL MEDIA EXERCISE TIK TOK GET OUTSIDE CHORES MUSIC EATING WELL THERAPY DANCE DOG WALK JOURNALING DANCING BABYSITTING SIBLINGS ART PLAY AN Read More >

The Kids Are All Right During Coronavirus 2020

The past 3 weeks of shelter in-place,during the coronavirus pandemic, has been filled with fear, anxiety, economic collapse, 100,000+ dead… and resiliency, grace, and tremendous acts of courage demonstrated by first responders, healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, neighbors, and strangers around the globe. Meanwhile, the kids are all right. That is to say that the Read More >

The Sweet 16: Lessons From 2017

These are collected wisdoms I gathered from various mentors, friends, and teachers in 2017. I encourage you to write down your own list of wisdoms, lessons learned, and deep truths gathered along your way. They can become the principles upon which you live your life. 1. When the pain begins, Fall into the arms of Read More >

Empathy and Cell Phones

When a mom looks at her baby and smiles, you often see the baby smile. When you see a dad hold his baby and frown, you see the baby frown or make an unusual face. When you see a skateboard crash-video on YouTube, you wince in pain as you somehow feel what happens to the Read More >

Advice for Young People Interested in Becoming a Therapist?

Make the most of your high school experience (academics, teacher/mentors, activities, sports, arts). Make the most of this time in your life. Only engage in healthy friendships. Treat your body with great respect (exercise, eat good food, no sodas, eat breakfast, wait a while to have sex, get 9 hours of sleep…). Don’t do drugs/alcohol Read More >

Suggestions for Parents & Families: Developing Empathic Children

Label feelings in order for your child to develop an emotional vocabulary, promoting an understanding of self-experience, as well as “other” experience. Another way to teach your child to understand and define their emotions is to have a “feeling of the week.” Each week, put up on the refrigerator or bulletin board a picture of Read More >

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