Self-confidence

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Social Emotional Retreat at Little Village Academy

Social Emotional Retreat at Little Village Academy This year I had the pleasure to be a presenter at a wonderful program for Chicago Public School middle school students at Little Village Academy (LVA) in the primarily Latino Southwest Chicago neighborhood. The school, faculty and students face a multitude of...

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Art Therapy: What is it.

Two recent events prompted me to write down some thoughts on the growing field of Art Therapy. First came Andrea Watkins’ informative article on the Adult Coloring Craze, its benefits and its limitations. The second being the death of one of Chicago’s own, Art Therapy pioneer Harriet Wadeson. Ms Wadeson...

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Raising adolescents in a society that limits options.

If your high school aged students are lucky enough to attend one of our area’s more affluent high schools, you’re familiar with the pressures to excel placed on many students within these schools and how the phrase “failure is not an option” has long been replaced by an attitude...

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Developmental Effects of Childhood Abuse and Neglect

Talking about abuse and neglect in children is such a difficult topic. Until roughly 20 years ago the professional literature including the DSM took a stance that abuse and neglect were very rare occurrences in the United States. So it is understandable that as a nation we have little...

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Living With ADHD

Contrary to the label, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), this disorder’s symptoms often include a hyper awareness of internal and external stimuli, not a deficit of attention. It is in the outward appearance of an individual’s actions and inability to stay focused where the descriptor “Deficit” comes from. Individuals...

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Over-Protective Parenting

There are any number of reasons for why we fall into the trap of being what Alfred Adler (1870-1937) termed over-protective parents. The first being, this was how we were raised. Growing up with a model of parenting where everything was done for the child was and is a...

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Alcohol Use Disorder, There is Treatment beyond AA

In my practice I often run into individuals who are having difficulty maintaining their roles as a functioning parent, spouse, co-worker due to their drinking. Yet these individuals are nowhere near “rock bottom” as the AA big book says one needs to be in order to truly seek deliverance....

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Handling the Tough Emotions of Alzheimer’s Disease

“ Alzheimer’s initially attacks the cognitive functions of the brain, so sufferers are said to be existing in an emotional world rather than the rational. Being confronted by reasoning that the Alzheimer’s sufferer may not understand will cause confusion and anxiety, leading to emotional outbursts.” So I say in...

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