The Effects of Divorce on Your Teenage Daughter

It’s important for all children, including adolescents, to have structure. When the foundation of a family is threatened, the psychological and emotional well being of a teen can also be threatened. In this way, divorce can lead to intense emotions of loss, depression, sadness, anger, and resentment. As you can imagine, divorce can have significant […]

How to Treat Teens of Divorce

Teens are in an already fragile state during adolescence. Although their changes have been historically seen as tumultuous and chaotic, they don’t have to be. In his 2014 book Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Daniel Siegel illuminates how brain development during adolescence influences teenage behavior and relationships.   Siegel suggests that […]

The Top Six Teen Risk Behaviors

It’s true that teens are going to engage in some sort of risky behavior. It goes hand in hand with their need to explore, discover, and grow, a psychological and emotional necessity at this stage in life.   The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is an organization that protects America from healthy, safety, and security […]

CBT: Learning the Thinking, Feeling, and Behaving Connection

Teens who experience mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, or the mood swings of Bipolar Disorder, can have symptoms of confused and dysfunctional thinking. However, this sort of thinking can lead to unhealthy feelings and to risky or dysfunctional behavior. For instance, if a teen wasn’t able to meet a teacher’s expectations by not completing […]

Cravings and Teen Co-Occurring Disorders

We all have cravings. They are not just desires that we want to fill, but cravings tend to be an urge for something that we know is bad for us. And to make matters worse, we will even go to great lengths to get quench those cravings. Cravings might become the center of our lives […]

Parent Training Can Improve Antisocial Behavior In Children and Teens

For children and teens who exhibit antisocial behavior, life can be very challenging. Likely, their lives have been difficult for a while. And not just for them, but also for the parents, teachers, and guardians around them. Of course, all children and teens will demonstrate behavior that is to some degree “anti-social”. Part of their […]

Adopted Teen Struggles: Identity

A significant part of the teen years involves forming an identity – one that is separate from your parents. As this is already an incredibly confusing, complex, and difficult task to do, adding adoption to the mix creates a whole other level of turbulence. For an adoptee, two sets of parents must be considered as they look […]

Mindfulness-Based Teen Chronic Relapse Prevention

Because of recent research on the effects of mindfulness on the brain, more and more clinical practitioners are incorporating the therapeutic modality into their practice. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming conscious of your internal and external environment. It is a mental state achieved by focusing on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting the […]

The Cycle of Abuse Can Happen Among Teens Too

Abusive relationships can begin at any age. Of course, when parents are abusive or neglectful to their children, those relationship patterns are often learned.Which later plays out later in adulthood. Furthermore, if children are witness to ongoing domestic violence between their parents, the cycle of abuse can become a pattern of relating that gets played […]

Teen Schizophrenia: Side Effects of Antipsychotic Medication

When Jimmy woke up in a foreign place last week, he didn’t know where he was at first. He looked around and realized that the white walls, the white sheets, and the white cloaks of the physicians indicated he was in a hospital. Teen Schizophrenia It wasn’t the strange location so much that bothered him; […]