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Parenting Teens

Parenting a struggling teen is hard. We hope these tips for parents and families make those teenage years a little easier.

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Holiday Stress Relief Tips

  Enjoy Your Holiday Amid the Difficulties The holidays can be a wonderful time to spend with friends and loved ones, but it can also be a stressful and difficult time.  Our therapists have put together some advice to help you navigate through the difficulties. 1 – Make a Gratitude list.  Recognizing your blessings is…

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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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Making Your Own Luck

Current and Alumni students here at New Haven provided ideas for “Ways to Make Your Own Luck!” in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day. Forgive and love yourself and others.  Believe in yourself to let go of the pain that keeps you grounded in emptiness.  ”Luck” increases through forgiveness. Carpe Diem-  “seize the day”. Carpe literally means “to pick, pluck,…

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Holiday Relationship Building

The holidays are upon us! There is a certain magic in the air this time of year. A spirit of reflection and giving are seen all around us. Celebrations with lights, song, and praise begin to surround us. Happiness, laughter, anticipation and wonder; these are the things that make this season special. Perhaps the most…

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Choose a Residential Treatment Center for Girls

Many teenage girls initially greet the idea of single-gender treatment with nothing short of horror: “No guys? No way!” But in my experience running single-gender programs, these objections are all but forgotten soon after enrollment.  Girls who have not experienced schools or residential treatment centers for girls often find that the benefits of a single-gender…

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Teen Work Ethic

I’ve been hiring and mentoring young adults for the past twenty years, and while I have always had the occasional entitled employee, I think I’m seeing more of them.  I’m talking about young employees who bristle and argue when offered feedback, who try to sculpt their work schedules around their recreation, and who expect positions…

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Personal Growth Plan: Eating an Elephant

Neuropsychologists believe that an incremental approach to change tricks our brains into accepting giant, ambitious goals. When faced with the enormity of certain tasks, our primitive brain wants to fight or flee.

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The Value of Failure in Adolescence

Whether it occurs at the ideal developmental phase called “middle childhood” or later in life, teaching young people to engage failure appropriately is a critical skill for successful adult functioning—both at work and at home. Especially with adolescents and young adults who have other coping deficits, this is a challenging process that requires, according to Bryant, a combination of strategies customized to meet the individual’s needs.

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Teens and Money

Growing up, I was taught that it was impolite to talk about money. In retrospect, I realize that financial reticence is often less a matter of etiquette than of awkwardness. Until parents are comfortable discussing finances with each other, it can be tough (and counterproductive) to discuss the subject with children. But rich, educated, open conversations about money can save your children lots of future grief.

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Nurture Your Relationship

Do you have a story of how a key relationship made a critical difference in you or your family’s journey toward healing? A relative? A friend? A therapist? Even a stranger? If so, we would love to hear about it.

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Family Volunteering

While volunteering to help others may not seem like a sophisticated mental-health technique, those who engage in community service tend to weigh less, have fewer health problems, and report a higher measure of subjective happiness than those who don’t.

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