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Spend Summer with Your Kids, Happily

Ah, summer.  It is sunny, hot, and full of outside activities and fun.  Kids love it, and parents….well, parents might have more of a love/hate relationship with it.  Let’s be honest.  When kids go from being in school most of the day, five days a week, seeing their happy,...

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Let Others Be Your Teachers

Do you actively let others teach you about life?  Do you stop for a moment and ask yourself what someone else knows that you don’t know?  Do you actively ask questions that allow others to teach you what they know? No? Keep reading: Consider Learning by Observing Some self-development...

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Alphabet Soup: What do all those letters after your name mean anyway?

If you are in the process of choosing a mental health provider, chances are that the person you’re considering meeting with has several letters after his/her name that you’re not familiar with.  That makes sense—there are several groupings of letters that are likely to be there, and each one...

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Was I a “Good” Mom?

As Mother’s Day approaches, I tend to reflect on my own effectiveness as a mom. A Facebook status posted last year by my daughter (now 35) comes to mind. She made the comment that she was grateful that her parents allowed her to “fall on her face” while growing...

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My Experience with the Police in my Urban Neighborhood

Twenty years ago this May, I graduated with my Masters in Social Work.  I was bright eyed, passionate, and full of dreams.  As a young twenty something, I bought a house in an urban community where I had started volunteering with children.   On the second night after I moved...

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What Example Does RFRA Set for Our Children?

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the RFRA law.  I myself have gotten fired up from time to time in response to both the law and the reactions of others to it.  Being a child therapist, I can’t help but consider the potential impact on children.  Whether...

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Our Commitment to Freedom Hurts Our Relationships

Some of our greatest victories are creating major relationship problems.  Americans have fought long and hard for freedom and self-expression. Women demanded to be free from the tyranny of male domination in relationships.  Modern conversations in many relationships often center around “How do I express me and have our...

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Reflections on Indiana’s Latest Legislative Action

The clamor over the Religious Freedom Act will soon recede into the background.  Yet surprisingly it has left me changed forever.  It caused me to face the part bigotry and closed-mindedness has played in my life.  I am a psychotherapist.  I have dedicated my life to assisting people in...

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Why Does It Matter if My Therapist is a Social Worker?

If you pay attention, you will notice that different counselors and therapists have different letters that come after their name. MSW, MA, MS, LMHC, LMFT, LPC, CDAC, PsyD, etc. No we don’t list these initials just because we can. They actually do mean something important, something that makes a...

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ADHD Food for Thought

Diet May Help Manage ADHD While the cause of the brain disorder, ADHD, is yet unknown, many health experts agree that a healthy diet may play a role in managing the symptoms. A good rule of thumb is whatever is healthy for the brain isnlikely good for those with ADHD. Here...

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