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Teen Trauma

By Sarah Engler, LCSW I work with adolescent girls, many of whom have experienced significant trauma in their life.  Webster’s define trauma as:  a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems usually for a long time.  An experience is defined as traumatic by the individual who has gone…

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How to Motivate a Teenager

Working with adolescents and their families has brought to the forefront that affecting change relies heavily on understanding motivation.  This is not to say that this is the primary factor to consider when working to discover how to help create change, but it definitely is a significant factor in the overall treatment model that is…

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Self-harm: Why My Daughter Does It and How Can I Help?

Self-harm: Why does my daughter do it and what can I do to help?   Me: Why do you think that you self-harm?   Student: “I like it.” “It helps me feel better.” “It makes me numb.” “It helps me to feel something.” “I use it to punish myself.” “I use it to punish others.”…

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Understanding Self-Harm

  Self harm is very seldom understood by those not struggling with it. It may seem unnecessary or even counterproductive to those on the outside. Explaining the drive to self harm is just as difficult for those suffering from it. When talking with those that have self harmed, a common theme is that ‘it doesn’t…

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