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Rumination

What is Rumination? Most people can relate to something getting stuck in their head and thinking about it for longer than they'd like; a thought, a song, an idea.... When it's a song, we call it an ear worm, and for the most part it's a pleasant experience. When it's a thought, particularly a distressing negative one, it's a far...[ read more ]

Anxiety in Teens: How You Can Help

Teenage anxiety is on the rise. A study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that almost 32 percent of teens have an anxiety-based disorder. In terms of gender breakdown, 38% of female adolescents and 26% of male adolescents have an anxiety disorder.  Causes  There are various causes of anxiety in teens. As humans, we are vulnerable to...[ read more ]

A Quick Guide to Understanding Your Child Better

Children need to be nurtured, loved, and experience positive regard to develop to their full potential. As a parent, it is important to make a conscious and intentional effort to connect with your child in order to both understand them and help them grow. When you understand your child; his/her verbal and non-verbal communication style, interests, strengths, and areas of...[ read more ]

Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Diagnosis and Treatment

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is one of the most common anxiety disorders, occurring in 3.1% of the U.S. population in any given year. It can occur at any age; however, the onset is most often during childhood to middle age. A person with GAD worries uncontrollably about common occurrences and situations. GAD can interfere with daily activities. Everyone feels anxious;...[ read more ]

Kids and OCD: The Role of Parents in Treatment

About half a million children in the U.S. have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As parents play an integral role in their child’s life, their involvement is essential in their child’s OCD treatment. Parent involvement in the treatment process is key in helping children overcome their anxieties and build confidence in their ability to cope with fears. Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy...[ read more ]

Practicing Gratitude: A Skill to Help During the Holidays

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie 2020 has already brought immense strain and stress on many individuals and families. Not only are we dealing with COVID-19, but the holidays...[ read more ]

How to Tell a Therapist Your Intrusive Thoughts

A study estimates that around 2-3 million adults in the U.S. have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Many people living with OCD find it difficult to open up and talk openly during therapy. Many individuals struggling with OCD hesitate to disclose the nature of their intrusive thoughts due to shame, guilt, and/or the belief that they are the only individuals who...[ read more ]

How Can I Help My Child With Social Anxiety?

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that Anxiety Disorders are experienced by one in eight children. One of the most common Anxiety Disorders in children is social anxiety. A child experiencing social anxiety often feels uncomfortable in social settings due to fear of judgment and negative evaluation by others. As a result of these fears, anxious children...[ read more ]

How to Choose the Right Therapist for Your Child

If your child’s anxiety is severe, persists, and interferes with their everyday life, they could benefit from seeing a therapist specializing in anxiety. When hiring a therapist for your child, you need to be sure that the professional is a good fit. Here are some ways to find a good child psychologist near you for anxiety. Choosing the Right Therapist for...[ read more ]

Help! Don’t Leave! Dealing with Separation Anxiety Especially after COVID-19 Quarantine

In the past few months, I have heard clients and family members express the difficulty they are having with leaving their homes, families, and even pets for the day. It seems that with COVID-19 and shelter in place, it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate.  It seems children are struggling too with separation from parents.  Separation anxiety is a common...[ read more ]