Neurofeedback Blog Series Part II: Neurofeedback and Anxiety

Did you know? Everyone experiences some form of anxiety at some point in their life. Evolutionarily, it is a necessary and adaptive feature for survival. A certain level of anxiety can help raise our arousal levels so that we are able to appropriately respond in high stress situations. However, when anxiety symptoms become so overwhelming that they interfere with our daily functioning, an anxiety disorder may be the source. Anxiety… Continue Reading

Neurofeedback Blog Series Part I: What is it? How can it help?

What is neurofeedback? The brain is a very complex organ and the activity within the brain determines everything that humans feel and do. Oftentimes, brain imbalances result in emotional, behavioral, social, and physical concerns. The typical “go to” treatment to address these brain imbalances has been medication. Medication is a great way to treat the chemical imbalances in the brain by directly affecting neurotransmitters. But, what about the electrical imbalances… Continue Reading

Tackling Homesickness While Away at College

Years of anticipation have led up to this.  You picked out the perfect dorm decor, you organized your favorite high school photos, you texted and video chatted with your roommate anxiously awaiting meeting in person, and, of course, you got ready to say goodbye to your friends and family. Going off to college is an enormous milestone; however, the excitement surrounding this transition can also be accompanied by feelings of… Continue Reading

Talking to Your Teen About Suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, an opportunity to raise suicide prevention awareness in our communities, schools and families. Many parents wonder how to address suicide with their teens. Some parents might worry that talking to their children about suicide might “put the idea of suicide in their head” and will increase the likelihood of them attempting suicide. The fact is, however, talking to teens about suicide does not increase… Continue Reading

Back to School and Taking a Pause: How Mindfulness Can Support Parents in This Busy Time

The start of the school year is a busy, hectic time for everyone. First days of school. New teachers. New schedules. Not only can the logistics of new routines be overwhelming, but the transition from summer to fall can also be emotionally draining for everyone in the family.  Gone are the carefree days of summer and again we must get used to responsibilities, homework and adjusting to increased structure in… Continue Reading

New Research Findings about Brain Differences in ADHD

With advancements in brain imaging technology, researchers are learning more about the biological basis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We now know that ADHD is a biologically-based condition, and individuals with ADHD have differences in their brain wiring. Studies have demonstrated these brain differences in older children and teenagers with ADHD, but until recently researchers had not studied the brains of very young children. A recent study conducted by researchers at… Continue Reading

What Parents Can Do to Help Their Depressed Teen

If you suspect that your teen is struggling with symptoms of depression, there is often an urge to “fix” things. While you can’t make the depression go away or make your teen want to get better, there are some things that every parent can do. Be supportive: One of the most important things that parents can do is simply be there for their teen. Work on strengthening the relationship, listen… Continue Reading

New Research on Treatment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects individuals across the lifespan. There is an ever-expanding body of research working towards better understanding the disorder and evaluating potential treatments. In particular, researchers often strive to identify early intervention strategies to help young children and their families when the first signs of the disorder emerge. Yet, there are also many adults living with autism who can benefit from intervention and… Continue Reading

Coping With Tragedy

In the wake of deadly mass shootings, it is natural to experience a range of emotions after witnessing traumatic events. Whether you are struggling with emotions related to world events or within your personal life, it is important to find ways of coping in order to alleviate instead of exacerbate painful emotions. The American Psychological Association (APA) suggests the following tips: Talk about it. Talking with someone supportive can allow… Continue Reading

When Your Teen Says No to Therapy: How Parents Can Help

Psychotherapy may not always be an easy sell for your teenager.  It is often the case that you, the parents, are noticing some challenges that your teen is having and you are hoping to get them in to have someone to talk to.  This may be easier said than done.  If you are finding it difficult to convince your teen to come in, you are not alone.  Adolescence can be… Continue Reading