Practical Tips for Parents of Kids with ADHD.

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D I’m going to make this quick and dirty, since you parents with ADHD kids don’t exactly have the time or luxury of sitting around with your feet up, enjoying quiet and leisurely reading. But the school … Continue reading

For parents of kids with depression and/or anxiety. (some practical suggestions.)

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. I greet you in the waiting room, and ask if you need to let me know anything before I bring your child back to my office;  You usually say “no,” and likely wonder what is going … Continue reading

Handling difficult emotions: A Simple PDF.

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D A while back, I created a  document for some of the teenagers I see in therapy (For therapists:  It combines CBT and DBT, addressing some common thinking errors, validation, radical acceptance, and distress tolerance in a SIMPLE FORM.  … Continue reading

How to stop intrusive thoughts. By Meg Sanity

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Guest Post By Meg Sanity Thought replacement is one of the most widely-used techniques in cognitive behavioral treatment. It is also one of the most self-explanatory techniques under the cognitive behavioral umbrella. What you do is…replace your thoughts. This is … Continue reading

For adolescents with extreme emotions and behaviors

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I am a BIG fan of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and use it In individual therapy and with my teenage girls group. DBT is a type of therapy which basically teaches awareness, tolerating difficult emotions, and social /communication skills. Although it … Continue reading

Family Routines and Rituals = Good for Kids.

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Research has found a correlation between participation in family routines/rituals and positive language, social, emotional, and academic development in kids.  While psyhologists can’t say that the “routines” actually cause the positive outcomes (this is correlation, not true experiment), researchers concluded that families with routines tend … Continue reading

Challenging the Epidemic of Disconnection: Awareness and Acceptance

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By Angelica Shiels Psy.D. As a mom of three little boys, I desperately want this world to be better. I want my boys to someday live in a world where people with a certain skin color aren’t more likely to … Continue reading

Should my child see a therapist? (From kidshealth.org)

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Here’s a great article I found in Kidshealth.org about children and therapy: Sometimes kids, like adults, can benefit from therapy. Therapy can help kids develop problem-solving skills and also teach them the value of seeking help. Therapists can help kids … Continue reading