Why Do We Do Experiential Therapy?

Why Do We Do Experiential Therapy? Experience is one of the greatest ways to facilitate therapeutic change. Experiential therapy revolves around the client being an active participant in the therapeutic process. Rather than the traditional “talk therapy,” the client is involved in actions, movements, and activities. These activities can include things such as equine therapy, […]

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Hope Beyond Anxiety

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Hope Beyond Anxiety Nevin G. Alderman, MA, CMHC – New Haven Residential Treatment Center; Clinical Director   Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms faced by teens today. Anxiety can be defined as a debilitating preoccupation of thought and emotion that prevents an individual from attaining life goals and realizing one’s potential. Common emotional […]

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The Effect of OCD on Academic Performance

OCD and School Work A student who has untreated OCD is likely to struggle with concentration in the classroom. Students will often have a hard time concentrating because they will experience extreme anxiety and urges which can become overwhelming. Traditionally, these are smart, bright, kind, and likable students who are unable to excel and work […]

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Understanding OCD in Teenage Girls

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Understanding OCD is hard for those of us without clinical anxiety.  To help you understand what it’s like to have OCD, reflect back on the childhood rhyme, “If you step on a crack, then you’ll break your mother’s back”.  How many of us twisted, teetered, and contorted as we hop-stepped along the sidewalk as kids; […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: It’s all Anxiety

  It’s not uncommon for me to be in a meeting with a new family and hear the phrase: “our daughter doesn’t have an Anxiety Disorder, she has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.”  What a lot of people don’t understand is that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is considered an Anxiety Disorder. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is characterized as Obsessions (persistent, […]

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Teen Trauma

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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 Harms

  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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Talking Through A Crisis

Blog Article: Talking Through a Crisis   Have you ever thought, “I don’t know what to do in a crisis”, “what can I say”, or “I’m afraid I’ll only make it worse”? We know that a crisis can affect anyone at any time. We are often glad when we have professional resources to help us. […]

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