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parent self-care

Taking Care of the Caretakers

By Ashley Jara, MA, LPC Parents, teachers, school counselors or anyone else who guides, mentors and cares for teens –we all know how difficult and exhausting the end of the school year can be! Are you a parent?  Teacher?  Or a primary provider of any support to teenagers or school age kids?  If so, summer…

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back to school

Is it anxiety or just back-to-school jitters?

By Cheryl Somers, MA, LPC The summer flew by and now suddenly it’s August!  Which means it’s time for your teen to head back to school.  Going back to school can bring all kinds of reactions, from excitement about seeing friends, to dread about waking up early, to denial that it’s happening at all. Most…

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empowering teens

The Simple Way I Empower Teens in Therapy

Last week I was chatting with a teen client at the beginning of session and we slogged through the whole, “how’s the week been, what has your attention today” routine. Schoolwork is a recurring topic and I wanted to guide us to more empowering work that fosters a sense of self-knowledge and self-worth. It’s not…

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Teaching Teens “Distress Tolerance” — a core DBT skill

In addition to working at the Colorado Teen Therapy offices, I also work at a high school in Denver providing school-based therapy.  This means that I get to see first-hand what the start of the school year looks like for teens on a day-to-day basis: getting to see old friends and making new ones, decorating…

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