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Parent Coaching, Teenagers

So You Want to Talk To Your Child’s Teen Therapist

If you are the parent of a teen in therapy, you may have questions about confidentiality with your teen's therapist. Here are the 9 most common reasons why parent's want to reach out to their kids' therapist, why it doesn't work, and the better ways to handle each situation, which is almost always to include your child in the conversation with their therapist. Implementing these tips will help protect confidentiality with your teen's therapist.

social connection during covid
Covid-19, Teenagers, Young Adults

Social Connection During Covid

Chances are you’ve seen articles or news stories about how COVID-19 is disrupting many people’s ability to feel connected. Chances are that you haven’t just read about it but are also feeling the challenges that come with navigating a global pandemic. It is important to acknowledge the loss that we are feeling during these times. This article is created with all of us in mind. We are starting a list of ways we have been - and can continue to - find opportunities for social connection during the long haul of these ongoing covid-19 times. We are relying on you to add ideas below so we can grow the list and get outside of the box ideas!

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Child Therapy

Guest Blog: Mental Health of Preschoolers

Therapy? For a 3-year-old? They are so young. What could they possibly be depressed or anxious about? I often get these questions from friends and family who find out that I work with young children. The reality is that kids as young as 3 are being diagnosed with serious mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. Current research estimates about 2% of preschoolers meet criteria for depression or anxiety.

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Couples Counseling, Covid-19

The First Steps to A Happy and Healthy Marriage

How well do you know your partner? I am sure most of us could list their favorite food, sports team or TV show. But how much do you know about their day to day lives, annoyances, fears, joys, and dreams? Gottman found, when couples have detailed love maps, they are better equipped to face challenging situations in their relationship. A love map is simply a way to get to know the inner thoughts of your partner. Love maps are built when we gather information about our partners so we can better know and understand who they are.

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DBT, Parent Coaching

On Parenting: I’m Doing The Best I Can And I Can Do Better

Parenting can be the hardest role that we have, especially as the manual seems to have been misplaced while we’re left trying to gut it out day by day. There seems to be an expectation that as we’ve been there before that we’ll have the ability, knowledge and skills to help our children through the aging process. We are all doing the best we can given the circumstances. So… what do we do when that doesn't seem to be enough?

figures of different body types, improve your body image
Adults, Covid-19, Teenagers

Guest Blog: Improve Your Body Image During the Double Pandemic

Hello! My name is Alex Altman, a psychotherapist in private practice. I specialize in working with adolescents and adults struggling with body image concerns, disordered eating and anxiety. I’m thrilled to be guest-blogging here today about how to improve you body image! Here are 5 tips if you are struggling to improve your body image. Plus you can increase self-compassion along the way!

Brittany LaFleur of Your Best Self Therapy talks about preparing for virtual learning
Child Therapy, Covid-19, Teenagers, video

Live Instagram: Preparing for Virtual Learning

Montgomery County Public Schools are starting in just one week! Brittany LaFleur of Your Best Self Therapy and I sat down for a conversation about how kids and families can be preparing for virtual learning. We covered everything from physical space to socialization, and reducing friction between parents and children! Watch the video below or scroll down for a breakdown of the interview with timestamp intervals for every topic! Just like I said last time, I am AMAZED at how much ground we covered! Seriously!

child on computer during virtual learning
Child Therapy, Covid-19, Teenagers

Another Day, Another Computer Meeting

Tips for Young People Who Are Starting Online Learning We’ve all felt that itch. That antsy feeling of knowing we have hit our limit of sitting behind the computer.  It’s hard! And as school approaches you might be being faced with more time behind the computer. This means more time for distractions to get the best of you. So what can you do to set yourself up as best as you can?!