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Connection & Disconnection in Family Relationships

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“We are never so vulnerable as when we love.” (Siegmund Freud) Human beings are social creatures with an innate need for connection with others. It is as essential to our survival as our need for water, food, and shelter.  We flourish when our connection with others is secured, and we suffer when this connection breaks apart. […]

Benefits of Art or Play Therapy for Kids and Teens

Throughout history, art has been used by humans to tell stories, express ourselves, and communicate with one another. From cave paintings to modern art, drawing pictures is one of the most natural forms of expression for humans, even when language has not been available to us. It is a unique communication tool that has played […]

Supporting Trans Youth: Parental Anxiety

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One of the main challenges parents of trans and nonbinary youth express to me is something they often share with their kids: feeling alone and unsupported. That feeling has changed in recent years. It’s hard to separate parental reactions to a child coming out, or asking for support with names, pronouns, clothes, and other kinds […]

Managing Back-To-School Stress and Anxiety

Fall is usually a sign that children are back at school, which can be exciting as kids are seeing friends and engaging in school activities again. However, it’s also common for children to feel worried or stressed during this season. Depending on their age, children may feel anxious about being away from their parents or […]