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Putting Teens to Work!

It seems that sometimes we (parents and professionals alike) can be so focused on teens achieving academically to get into college that we overlook the opportunities for teens to learn and grow in a work environment. Whether teens are self motivated […]

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Belonging

You may be familiar with the Maslow’s hierarchy of basic needs. First is basic survival — food, air, sleep, etc. Second is safety; we all strive to be safe and sound in a world that we often experience as relatively […]

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Don’t Stop…Go!

Substance abuse, risky behavior, lying, cheating, skipping school, promiscuous sex, self-injury; the list goes on and on. A challenging task for those of us who work with teens is addressing behaviors that are unhealthy and by all accounts need to […]

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ANGER!!

You meet a new client in the waiting room for the first time and extend your hand, he just looks at you and doesn’t reciprocate. When you settle into the office and begin to talk he states, “all therapists suck, […]

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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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