Tips to Talk to Your Kids about Therapy

Even though their mom was a therapist, my kids complained when they were little about seeing one. Looking back, I completely own that I probably didn’t present the whole thing very well. Ok I know I didn’t, because they thought they were the only ones who needed it (SO not true) and that it did...

Let’s Get You UnStuck!

Last week, I tried to help you figure out if you’re stuck. Acknowledging that you’re stuck is important, because we cannot fix something if we don’t know it needs fixing. So I know you’ve been waiting for the answer to the question how do I get myself unstuck? … drumroll … To best answer this,...

3 Ways to Tell If You’re Stuck

As part of my Behavior Therapy Training Institute Certification for Pediatric OCD, I had the amazing experience of having Dr. Marty Franklin as my faculty consultant. As we were discussing some of my cases, he said to me “He who values comfort over function shall have neither.” These words have stuck with me, because they resonate...

Let’s Set Some Boundaries, Shall We?

Recently I found myself saying yes to way too many things in way too short of time. In a single weekend, I found myself driving six hours a day (locally!), and my margin between commitments was seven minutes. Can you relate? Tell me! Given that this describes the life of most parents I know, the...

When Halloween Actually Scares Kids

I recently wrote an article for Northeast Ohio Parent outlining 7 tips for when Kids are legitimately scared of Halloween. I’d like to expand upon that here, because a question I’m often asked is “What’s the difference between worry and anxiety — and why does it matter?” Great question, moms and dads! To answer you,...

Social Media: My Digital Detox

Part Two of a Two-Part Article Last week, I talked about the importance of a realistic mindset and achieving balance when on social media. These are important, because there are some legitimately dangerous outcomes that can happen when people stop remembering that social media doesn’t necessarily represent real life and start comparing their own lives...

Social Media: Mindset & Balance

Part One of a Two-Part Article If you believe the headlines, social media is ruining human life as we know it. We hear words like addiction and withdrawal being used in the same sentence, and not without some support. Recent studies have, in fact, shown that social media can lead to feelings of depression and...

5 Tips for a Successful School Drop-Off

It’s that time of year again! Kids are back in school. Whether you’re dropping your child off for the first time or the seventh, the back-to-school anxiety can be overwhelming. (I get it — I have three children of my own.) Do you want to know the secret to success? Put your child in charge....

Ask Joanna: A Therapist’s Advice on School Anxiety

My child had a lot of anxiety at school, but is much better now that it’s summer. Does that mean I should homeschool? I don’t think school is the problem. I think your child’s anxiety is the real bully here.  It’s likely that something in the school environment made your child nervous. For the sake...

Learning to Befriend Anxiety and Tolerate Uncertainty

One of the biggest questions I get asked in therapy is, “How can I get rid of my anxiety or my child’s anxiety?” People are often taken aback when I suggest they stop trying to get rid of it and learn to live withit. Paradoxically, the more you try to get rid of worry or anxiety, the...

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