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As parents, partners, even friends, we tend to fall into one of two categories: an octopus (the pursuer) or a turtle (the avoider). Which one are you?

Are You an Octopus or a Turtle?

As parents, partners, even friends, we tend to fall into one of two categories:An octopus (the pursuer) A turtle (the avoider)Understanding the role we...
Caregiver burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude. Balancing caregiving and personal responsibilities is no easy task.

Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions to Caregiver Burnout

Being a caregiver is a challenging and time-consuming job. Caring for someone who is ill or disabled requires energy, time and resources. Often, the caregiver is a family member, a friend or...
One of the big complaints I get from parents in my practice is their kid's manners and how to teach them etiquette and proper table manners during dinner.video

How to Teach Dinner Etiquette and Table Manners to Kids

One of the big complaints I get from parents in my practice is their kid's manners and how to teach them etiquette and proper table manners during dinner.
Radical acceptance is an important skill from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan. It is the process of accepting life as it comes.

Learning the Art of Radical Acceptance

We’ve all struggled with events that we don’t want to experience, which is when radical acceptance may be one of the most powerful skills that you can implement.
Sexuality is a big part of the human experience and is often not addressed with teens and adults on the Asperger's and Autism spectrum.

Love, Romance, and Sexuality on the Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum

Sexuality on the Asperger's and Autism SpectrumGrowing up, I always heard the saying, “never talk about money, religion, politics, or sex.” The assumption is these are obviously emotionally...
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How Can I Implement Change at Home?

Let's talk about change and how it's cyclical.So, a lot of times parents wanna change their child's behavior or maybe you wanna change something about what you're...
In Dr. Dave Verhaagen's six-part "OMEGAS" plan, he answers a commonly asked question. What is mindfulness and how can mindfulness improve your well-being?

How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Well-Being: OMEGAS

Dr. Dave Verhaagen continues his series for Psych Bytes called OMEGAS that helps young adults live happier lives. In the second of this six-part plan, he explains what Mindfulness is and how it can lead...
Parenting is not an easy task. It takes daily effort and constant reevaluation. Here are 5 ways parents can teach empathy and compassion to kids.

5 Ways Parents Can Teach Empathy and Compassion to Their Children

I love and enjoy what I do, I teach parents how to have difficult conversations with their children. Teaching them on how to keep the line of communication free and clear.
Let’s talk about some things that you, as a parent or caregiver, can do to help the sibling of a child with special needs.

10 Ways to Help a Child with a Special Needs Sibling

Parents of a special needs children may encounter myriad issues.  Some of the issues are expected such as the additional expense, mental and emotional drain, and day-to-day management of life.
Slim and easily concealed, the Juul has been established among youth as the vaping device of choice. The brand has even morphed into its own verb – juuling.

What You Need to Know About the Rise of Vaping Among Teens

I recently spoke to a group of high school parents and administrators about the current substance use trends among teens. After the presentation, one of the school counselors brought out a box...