Strategies

School starts soon!  (Stage left: Parents cheer and students sigh at the phrase when they hear “back to school.”)  Time to prep mentally and goal-wise. Here are some tips to get you ready: No matter the grade level, take a moment to reflect. What went well during the past year? What went well during the […]

About a year ago we relocated the office from a turn of the century building with charm and classic appeal to a brand new, paint is still wet, very modern building.  Only a 3 block move, but a hundred years in terms of AC, insulation, comfort, and amenities. The new building threw my clients for […]

Welcome to the heat of July.  This is a great time to briefly check in with yourself to see if you are meeting your summer goals. Goals come in all shapes and sizes (drink more water, exercise, read a book, decrease time online).  Where are you with your life and your goals, and what do […]

Dating is a topic that has been hot, hot, hot in my office for weeks.  My young adult clients are seeking loving, genuine relationships based on common interests.  This can be a tricky relationship to build, particularly for my somewhat introverted, shy, anxious, home-centered clients. Here are some tips to help with the Dating Project. […]

My colleague and I were brainstorming the questions parents ask, directly and indirectly, about the developmental tasks their offspring are facing as they trend toward adulthood.  Some of the questions are typical (where can I find a new psychiatrist in a college town), and some were questions that parents seem embarrassed to ask, yet really […]

This is a time of year when a number of transitions take place: graduations, end of the structure of the school year, the start of a less structured summer, perhaps a new job.  Transitions, while necessary, can be stressful.  Here are some tips for navigating a transition: Recall your past successes: When have you successfully […]

When you have a child who struggles with language, how do you help them structure the day?  How do you communicate the impact of choices in a meaningful way? You could use a picture schedule, but what to do if you are in the middle of Target and you don’t have enough options in your […]

Ah, spring break!  What a lovely time to kick your feet up, relax, sneak in a nap, and rejuvenate for the second half of the semester.  Happily you have weeks and weeks to get your academic work done.  Chill! Or not.  This is a great time to dust off your syllabi, grab your calendar, and […]

The start of a new semester provides an opportunity for a fresh start.  I often hear, “This will be my best semester. Ever.” But when I ask about clear steps to make that happen, I don’t always like the response.  “I’ll try harder” is not going to work. Here are some ideas to help you […]

Our last post was about balance.  Sometimes life gets out of balance when we have a specific task or developmental challenge.  Sometimes life gets out of balance when we have too much on our plates.  While some tasks can’t be outsourced easily (raising your own children! writing a term paper, ethically), sometimes we CAN pare […]