Let's focus less on self-esteem and more on these four Fs

This is a link to a blog post by Steven C. Hayes, whose incredible impact on reducing human suffering is breathtaking and ongoing.  This post supports my frequent attempts to help parents reframe their goal of helping their children 'have...

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When parents just don't understand. Guest Blog by John Powell

  I work in private practice, and about a third of my caseload is teenagers in high school. I've worked with a variety of students, from the valedictorian to incarcerated teens waiting for parole. I've worked with teens of the LGBTQ...

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New School Year Conversations - Is that Mine, or Yours?

As the school year looms and gets underway, I am having many conversations with friends and clients about how their children are feeling in anticipation of the new year. There are many different contexts involved in these conversations –...

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Anxiety Sucks Part 2: Changing the power of our thoughts.

In my last blog post about anxiety, I talked about changing our relationship to our thoughts and feelings, so that they have less power over us and our behavior. In this second part of the series on anxiety, I will share a brief set of questions to...

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Why the 5 Tips Lists are Misleading

When you look for a solution or ideas to help you solve behavior challenges, there are a lot of wonderful professionals whose advice is simple and concise. Often this appears as a list of what to do if...   We see a lot of this...

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Anxiety Sucks - Now What? Part 1

  “I just want to feel better.” “How do I get rid of my anxiety?” – this is what I hear so often from parents and young adults.    The constant worry about what's next, the frenzied feeling of trying...

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No Capes

Parenting.  So much to love. So much that is humbling.   It’s ironic isn’t it, that the very thing that compels us to astonishing actions to protect our children from harm – that parenting instinct that we see...

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The We You Are and Were and Will Be - Perspective Taking

We hear a lot about the skill of perspective taking. There are a lot of different ideas about how to teach perspective taking. What isn’t always discussed is that the practice of perspective taking, as an ongoing exercise day to day, can support...

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