Into the Unknown: High School Graduation Stress
This is the day your kid has been waiting for. School’s out forever (at least the K-12 thing is done). They may have been talking about this time for the past 13 years. It’s the next step, and the rest of their life is about to begin. But sometimes there is graduation stress. How Scary…Read More
Spring Semester Blues and How Parents Can Help
I wrote awhile back on how to beat the winter blues. I completely left something out, though. It’s something I noticed from both working in and attending school: The “Spring” semester sucks! After all, the majority of the semester is actually Winter. Why is the Spring (Winter) Semester So Bad? I’ll tell you why. In…Read More
Bullying Series – Part 5 of 5: Prevent, Stop, and Cope with Teen Bullying
How to Deal with Bullying After working with teens and young adults for years, including in schools, I’ve learned a thing or two about dealing with active bullying and helping people recover from the effects of bullying. Following my contribution to a News 2 WKRN mental health special on teen bullying, I wanted to put out…Read More
Bullying Series – Part 4 of 5: Signs and Long-Term Effects of Bullying
Part 4: Signs and Effects of Bullying I was happy to provide info about bullying for a News 2 WKRN special on teen mental health recently. The interview was about 30 minutes long, but the segment only lasted about 4 minutes. We talked about bullying signs and effects as part of that. So in an…Read More
Bullying Series – Part 3 of 5: Who is at Risk for Being Bullied?
Who is at Risk for Being Bullied and Bullying? I work with a lot of kids who view themselves as very unique, or sometimes just plain “different” from everyone else. As you may very well know, being “unique” or “different,” or just feeling like you are, isn’t always easy in middle and high school. During…Read More
Bullying Series – Part 2 of 5: Cyberbullying and Teenagers
Cyberbullying Cyberbullying is something I’ve heard so much about from teens I work with in counseling. A little information about cyberbullying was included in the News 2 WKRN special on teen mental health that I was part of recently. This is such a prevalent and fairly new type of bullying that I felt it deserved…Read More
Bullying Series – Part 1 of 5: Bullying in the Modern World
What is bullying in the modern world? Since I work with kids and young adults affected by bullying pretty often, I spoke about the topic on Channel 2 WKRN special on teen mental health. Teens who have been bullied aren’t uncommon for me to see as a counselor. Being bullied can have dire effects on…Read More
Your Kid is in Therapy, and You’re a Great Parent!
It may be the most frequently asked question I’ve had since I began my career. Some form of “Am I a bad parent?” It crosses the minds of parents….a lot. If your child is in therapy, it doesn’t make you a bad parent. Struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or anything else you can think…Read More