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Category: Emotional/Behavioral Wellness

Sleep Disturbances in Children with PTSD

If your child has experienced trauma and/or has been diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), then you as a parent or a caregiver have most likely dealt with some of their sleep disturbances. Children with a history of trauma may be sleeping too little, or too much, suffer from insomnia, or have nightmares. These sleep issues typically don’t go away on their own, but rather get worse with time, and affect the child’s daily life and functioning across all areas. Trouble sleeping and nightmares are two of the most common symptoms of PTSD. In fact, in his…

The Joys of Parenting – Loving Multiple Children

As a very busy mama of five, a clinician, and a businesswoman, I am often asked how I manage it all. Parenting my children is my top priority and one of my favorite things to do. So I would like to give you a little sneak peek into my personal life and behind the scene look into our household. Let me start by saying that I am thrilled to have a big family.  I believe that children are a blessing and being a mom is a very special calling. However, having a lot of kids comes with numerous challenges.  One…

Simple Strategies To Help Diffuse Anxiety in Children

If you suspect your child is suffering from anxiety or if your child has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you may feel rather overwhelmed and not knowing what to do. Beyond seeking help and support from a mental health professional, there are other things you can do to empower yourself as a conscious parent. You are not helpless and you can learn how to best support your child and help him thrive by working with him or her at home. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), Anxiety disorders include disorder that…

Dealing with Your Child’s Anger

One of the most common issue I frequently see in my practice are children diagnosed with ADHD who also happen to have significant anger issues. Just as adults, children can get angry for a variety of reasons. The question is how do you deal with it as a parent.  Becoming angry due to certain frustrations is a normal and a perfectly acceptable reaction to emotional distress. It is important that you as a parent communicate to your child that they are safe to express their feelings. However, it is even more important that you teach your child how to manage…

Teens, Social Media, and Online Safety

  Undoubtedly, the internet has created new ways for us to communicate and be connected. Thanks to today’s technology, our teenagers have an opportunity to gain media literacy, become technically savvy, socialize, and be connected to their peers all over the world. However, this increased use of the internet and today’s technology among teens comes with a prize. Cyberbullying and online gossip on social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Myspace, as well as through instant messaging, chat rooms, and emails are becoming a growing and common problem. Many parents of my teen clients share…