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How Can Dialectical Behavior Therapy Help Your Teen?

What is DBT? DBT is a type of cognitive behavior therapy that takes a strengths-based approach to help individuals identify and challenge core beliefs that make life harder. By focusing on both the ability to accept current situations while still striving to make things better, it teaches tools to react in healthy and appropriate ways…

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How does Play Therapy Work with Teens and Tweens?

By Alexandra Papa, MA, LPC   “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation.” – Plato Play is the primary language of children. When most people think of play therapy, they think of small children but this is not the case. Play therapy can be used…

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Counseling for parents is helpful, too!

By Megan Yarnall, MA, MFTC, LPCC Every day is busy, whether you have one child, or three children, or more. It can be difficult to schedule in time for yourself, or dedicate the money to yourself instead of your kids. However, what happens when parents don’t make time for themselves? In fact, much of the…

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How to Talk to Your Teenage Daughter about Healthy Body Image

Talking about body image with a teenage girl can sometimes feel like navigating a minefield. How do you bring up the topic of body image without making your daughter feel like maybe there is something she should be self-conscious about? Or worse– confirming that the thing that she’s already self-conscious about is actually true! Unless…

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Praise and Perfectionism

When I was just starting out as a teacher, I used praise pretty liberally with my students. If I thought a student had done really well on a paper they turned in, I’d give them a high five and say, “You are so smart!” It seems pretty innocuous, but praising teens for intelligence rather than…

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