Strategies

Feeling overwhelmed is awful.  Your body and mind feel heavy and gross, you struggle to function and problem solve, and life can feel pretty terrible.  If you read parts 1 and 2, you have already sorted out how what it feels like, and what patterns might drive feeling overwhelmed.  Today’s post will address what to […]

September is such a great month.  Temps cool down and kids go to school.  About school: the first few weeks have passed for many of us.  How is your student coping?  Are you starting to see signs of stress, perhaps around organization?  Now is a great time to check in with your student. If your […]

School has started, new routines are in place.  How is your student coping?  Are you starting to see signs of stress of overwhelm? And how would you know?  We are going to tackle stress and feeling overwhelmed in 3 parts: how does it feel, what are some patterns that drive feeling overwhelmed or stressed, and […]

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 […]