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Acceptance and Change

One of the more heartbreaking experiences as a therapist is hearing teenagers describe what they believe to be their flaws. I could list them here but there’s simply not enough space. Aspects of personality, physical appearance, athletics, social… tragically there’s […]

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Unmasked

Forgive the pun. I couldn’t help the opportunity as we celebrate our progress with vaccinations and greater leniency to more fully engage in our lives. All teens are now eligible for vaccinations. As we reconnect with those close to us, […]

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Covid-19 and Teens

Teens are struggling. Suicide rates among young people are up. Therapists are stretched thin. Many teens receive formal supports at school yet most of those have been suspended. Others benefit from the social interaction at school and structure of the […]

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Changing behavior

Q. What is one of the most powerful tools to change behavior in teenagers?   Punishment Reinforcement Critical feedback Encouragement   The answer is reinforcement, or reward. Its power is often overlooked by parents, teachers, friends and coaches. Let’s look […]

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Time to Rethink the Script

Working with and parenting teenagers brings challenges to even the most experienced of us. Risk-taking, underdeveloped judgment, and an outsized desire to be accepted by peers contributes to poor decision making and potentially dangerous behaviors. What works to keep kids […]

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Equanimity With Teens

Most of us are experiencing changes to our routines and behaviors that are unprecedented in our lifetimes. As adults, we may have some context and personal experiences to provide a template for coping (think 9/11 or other catastrophic events). Kids […]

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