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How to help your children in this digital era.

How to help your children in this digital era.

With the invention of the Atari, Nintendo and other video games 30 years ago, free time has gradually become redefined.  It seems that many kids and teens are losing their imagination to devices that imagine for them.  It is common in mental health practices across the world for parents to express their concern with the… Read more »

Cherishing and being cherished

Cherishing and being cherished

Summer and holidays often provide opportunities for families to get together.  My experiences with family over the course of this Summer, reminded me of some important attachment principles that help us with the little traumas we experience throughout life.  I have an uncle who loves to share the funny- no, hilarious- story when I was… Read more »

Achieving Stability

Achieving Stability

One of the oldest pieces of furniture and one too which has been used in countless metaphors is the three-legged stool.  It is simple in its design and yet consistent in its stability.  Science has been able to prove that the three-legged stool, chair or table is superior to the four-legged versions that we typically… Read more »

Raising Children and Adolescents

Raising Children and Adolescents

In couples and family counseling, we are sometimes asked if we have a magic wand or pill to make children behave.  Many parents feel frustrated and overwhelmed about child rearing from time to time. Although there is no magical answer to changing your child’s behavior, there are some strategies that can be helpful. One strategy… Read more »

Teaching our Children about Healthy Intimacy

Teaching our Children about Healthy Intimacy

Parents play an integral part in establishing healthy attachment and developing balanced intimacy for our children. According to Walker, Busby, Lovett and Carol, Experts on human intimacy, balanced intimacy is comprised of three dimensions.  The first dimension is the Physical Dimension that includes the physiological process that influence satisfaction, pleasure, and health. The second is… Read more »

Experience Outside The Box

Experience Outside The Box

Think Experience Outside The Box! Our typical experience is that one day rolls into the next, one-month rolls into the next, we blink our eyes and we’re staring down the barrel of another New Year’s Day saying: where the heck did the time go? While shopping recently, this advertisement on one of the products in… Read more »

Resilience

Resilience

Resilience is the desired outcome of trauma focused therapy.  We all naturally believe we are resilient and can handle anything.  Most of the time we can logic or think through our circumstances and push aside emotions and beliefs in order to accomplish goals, survive and get by.  Sometimes however, our experiences seem to have more… Read more »

A word for you

A word for you

Closeness, connection and intimacy has very little to do with words or understanding someone and has a lot to do with the energetic, emotional, mirroring and reciprocating responses that communicate synchrony, acceptance and validation.  Flat and/or stone-cold facial expressions, verbal threats and violent reactions can easily become the seeds for trauma. Trauma literally changes the… Read more »

Handling trauma experiences

Handling trauma experiences

Depending on the type of trauma a person has experienced, the following may be excellent resources for working through the effects of trauma: Acupuncture Art & Art Therapy Body/Energy work Ego State and/or Parts and Memory work EMDR Martial Arts (Qi Gong, Tai Chi, etc.) Massage Psychodrama Yoga (Slow and meditative styles)