The need to limit our screen time is real. Even prior to the pandemic, mental health professionals have recognizing that children, teens, and even adults are increasingly at risk of becoming addicted to their screens. So, it leads us to wonder, how many hours per day are acceptable? How do we separate work and school screen time from entertainment? What devices should my kid be allowed to use before bed?
Learning what to say, how to say it, and how to negotiate if they resist will make a difference in the outcomes for your child when starting therap. You can create a supportive and open space for your child to enter therapy.
In our most recent live instagram interview, Kate Alcamo,MS, LCMFT of the Family Therapy Center of Bethesda joined MCCC's Laura Goldstein for a conversation on coparenting. Kate specializes in helping families going through divorce. We talked all about the important issues of coparenting, whether through a separation or even through marriage. Check out the video or read the highlights below!
At MCCC we work with so many adolescents and their parents at the later stages of parenting. But since we know that ALL aspects of mental health are connected and related, we wanted to bring attention to the earlier life stage of parenting. What happens for parents in the early stages of parenthood is impactful throughout the entire life span. So back in October we hosted an amazing conversation with perinatal mental specialist Joanna Strait, LISCW/LCSW-C. Watch it here or read all of the highlights below!
For those not familiar with the DEARMAN DBT skill, it lives in the Interpersonal Effectiveness module. It is used to ask skillfully for what you want or need in such a way that increases the likelihood that the want or need is met.
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?
Last week, I wrote about all the reasons why you should NOT reach out to your teen's therapist. Or at least not without your teenager present. Now I am here to talk about when you can and should be in communication with your teens therapist without your child involved.
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.