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5 Sleep Care Activities to Improve Your Mood and Health

As summer ends, and the chill of fall begins to creep into the early morning air, most of us think about returning to our regular work and school routine. Getting back into a structured sleep schedule is often one of the more challenging aspects of the end of summer, and it is also one of [...]

By | 2017-09-19T20:39:14+00:00 September 19th, 2017|mental health, mind body connection, Self care|0 Comments

Walk & Talk Therapy: Why it might be perfect for you

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tend to your mental health and receive the extra benefits of being outside and exercise? Many people who would like the support of a therapist, must sit inside an office all day for work. It can sometimes feel daunting or even unhealthy to go to yet another [...]

By | 2017-08-14T16:43:43+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hope: Lessons from an Amoeba

This guest post by our newest clinical associate Lindsay Huettman explores common ways we look at hope and how we can reframe our experience of hope to allow for more self compassion. Lindsay has a passion for working with clients struggling with grief and trauma. Many times, while in session with clients, I come across [...]

By | 2017-08-14T16:39:09+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Adults, Grief|0 Comments

How to Structure an Effective Family Meeting

The core of the family meeting revolves around the weekly agenda. For most families, an agenda will look something like this: Check-in Weekly schedule for each person Issues or challenges Upcoming events Meal plan Each meeting needs someone to record at least the schedule and meal plan. Ideally, the “secretary” will also make notes about [...]

By | 2017-07-25T18:59:53+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Communication|0 Comments

Stress-Free Family Holiday Tips

  What is it about the holiday season that leaves so many people stressed and anxious? Is it the extra social commitments? The financial burden of gift-giving? For many people, it is the prospect of spending time with extended family and all the history that holds. While some of us have wonderful memories of childhood [...]

By | 2017-06-12T20:25:40+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Adults, Children, Communication, Parenting, Teens|0 Comments

Musings from a 16 year old

I am constantly amazed at the wisdom of young people. This was shared with me recently, and with this young person’s permission, I am sharing it with you. Through my life, I’ve learned a lot of things. Recently I’ve been contemplating a lot about what is important and what everyone should remind themselves of. So [...]

By | 2017-07-25T19:33:31+00:00 February 28th, 2016|Teens, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thoughts on My Eldest Daughter Moving Out

There are few moments in a parent's life more monumental than having their child move out to start his or her new life. Today, my eldest daughter moved into her very own home and embarked on her adult life. Although I haven't written any poetry for nearly a quarter century, I guess her moving out moved [...]

By | 2017-08-17T01:37:25+00:00 September 7th, 2015|Parenting, Teens|2 Comments

The Parenting Recipe: Ingredients for Success

I recently lamented to a friend of mine about my challenges starting a parenting blog. “I’d be a better parenting blogger if my 14-year-old would just misbehave a little more!” Needless to say, my friend howled with laughter at my comment—I mean, who *wants* their teenager to act up more?! I guess it was kind [...]

By | 2017-07-25T19:39:23+00:00 March 24th, 2015|Attachment Parenting, Teens|0 Comments

The Value of Attunement

In my post on attachment parenting with teens, I talked a bit about the value of listening, and it got me thinking about the kinds of communication we use, particularly with our children. I came up with three kinds of communication—three ways in which we engage. To share or impart information To provide instruction, direction, [...]

By | 2017-08-14T16:20:14+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Attachment Parenting, Children, Communication, Teens|0 Comments

Attachment Parenting with Teens

How do we stay connected in the face of our teen pushing away & pushing for more autonomy? It does seem like an odd contradiction – they want less–or nothing– to do with us, and we want to stay connected to them. It seemed much simpler when they were younger… So what is the key [...]

By | 2017-11-03T23:55:39+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Attachment Parenting, Communication, Teens|0 Comments