Mobile Therapy Apps

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Regardless of the fact that great progress is being made in the area of tech-based therapies, my own policy regarding psycho-therapeutic technology is to proceed with curiosity…and caution.

For now, the only therapist I’ll stick in my own pocket or recommend to others is one who promises little things. Like a little help going to sleep, or some organizational assistance to help manage ADHD.

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Sleep and Mental Health: Chicken, Egg, or Both?

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Understanding sleep disturbance as a cause of mental health concerns instead of just a symptom should compel us to put it at the top of the list of treatment priorities.

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Improving Family Relationships

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Many of the families I’ve worked with feel that they have lost everything. They are financially tapped out. Their basic assumptions about family, love, success, and life have been turned upside down. They feel betrayed and embarrassed and sad and angry. How does a family rebuild in the wake of trauma, or addiction, or mental illness, or betrayal, or loss? A little bit every day. If you can do that, you can find your way forward a step at a time. You can heal. You can hope.

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Humor in Therapy

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Humor during individual and group therapy—whether from the therapist or the client—can lighten a mood, break a pattern, improve sharing, create a sense of perspective, generate a feeling of well-bring and hope, and provide an effective delivery system for difficult feedback. Family systems therapists will sometimes encourage family members to consciously employ a form of humor to interrupt entrenched relational patterns.

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Tips for Overcoming Resistance in Family Therapy

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When change occurs at a systemic level in a family, it means that your growth is supported by an almost irresistible force. It means, ultimately, that you’re not alone—and neither is your son or daughter or spouse or whoever in the family is really struggling the most.

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Different Types of Treatment Professionals

The great advantage to residential treatment is that you get an enormous amount of professional expertise concentrated in one place. While a robust team of diverse specialties is great for your child’s treatment, it can be confusing to know who does what. The following list will at least give you a sense of who’s who on the treatment team.

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Health in Adolescence

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“You can’t separate physical and emotional well being,” says Corey Hickman, CTRS, a residential life director for InnerChange. Because of this, his team of recreation specialists engineers their recreation program to be more than just fun and games. They consider recreation to be a critical treatment modality, equally as important as talk therapy and other treatment approaches for addressing adolescent emotional problems.

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Re-learning How to Sleep

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A huge part of every parents’ job when their child is in treatment is to prepare for their return home. You’re a better parent (and employee, and friend, and everything) when you’re taking good care of yourself, so self-care is a critical part of that preparation. Sleep is at the core of self care; so now’s a great time to practice good sleep habits. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your main nighttime parenting responsibility: sleeping!

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Neuroscience of Transitioning Home from Residential Treatment

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For several years I have been giving presentations on how brain development and the process of learning can help us understand and improve therapy in residential care. I have been able to apply the principles of learning and memory in areas of parenting and bringing about positive change in people’s lives.  When I was recently asked […]

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Treating Enmeshed Teens and Parents

Most of us want to connect and most of us want to be accepted by others. We just need to channel our efforts to meet these needs in a healthy direction. That’s what we aim for with enmeshed relationships at Innerchange, to redirect relational energy in a direction that will bring out the most peace, connection, and growth possible.

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