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13 Reasons Why: A Parenting Opportunity
Author: Dvora Entin, LCSW
September 12th, 2017
In a world where news headlines change dramatically at lightning speed almost hourly, perhaps the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, seems like an already irrelevant topic of conversation or discussion. As a therapist who had to watch most of the episodes for a work-related responsibility, the content of the show persists in my subconscious and continues to draw my attention even several months later. Seeing this series as a parent of teenagers, as …
Aggressors and Victims
Author: C. Tauber, LCSW
March 28th, 2016
Many dynamics come into play when siblings fight.  Sibling rivalry can be attributed, but not limited to, jealousy, low self-esteem, vying for parental attention, or just boredom.   One child tends to be more aggressive than another and gets disciplined more frequently.  The natural response is to address the aggressor first, thereby providing negative attention.  The victim may fight back, cry out or tattle, and will ga …
Alcohol and Drugs -The Truth Revealed
Author: Dr. Raymond Nourmand
November 15th, 2016
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently estimated that about 21.6 million Americans are diagnosed with an alcohol or drug use disorder.  This means that at minimum, about this many people in the country regularly use alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, pain pills, or other drugs despite the fact that doing so brings them harm.  This harm may include deteriorating health, strained relati …
Can Therapy Put You to Sleep?
June 6th, 2017
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. Stress as well as anxiety symptoms (such as tension, excessive worrying, and feeling overwhelmed) can also lead to insomnia.  Anxiety and insomnia can feed off each other, leading to a cycle of sleep deprivation. This may surprise you, but within the past year the American Coll …
Changing the Rules
Author: Dvora Entin, LCSW in collaboration with Zisa Levin, RMSWI
March 6th, 2018

Just when you think you finally know the way to talk about sexual abuse prevention, the rules change. Take a look at prevention curriculums, where we teach about "Ok Touch" and "Not OK Touch" and the caveat we put in that "even though you don't like how it feels, it's ok for a doctor to touch your private parts because he or she is there to keep you healthy."  Oh, and that part about, "and your mother or father is in the room so that m …
Choose a Therapist Wisely
December 4th, 2017
A recent report from ABC News Australia validates what those of us in the field already know, “Poorly trained relationship counsellors (are) doing more harm than good.” According to the Australian College of Relationship Counsellors, couples experiencing marital difficulties are turning to therapists who are not well prepared but are less expensive. This is due to the fact that, in Australia, less prepared therapists are often covered …
Choosing a Better Way to Divorce
Author: Alan Winder, PhD
September 19th, 2017
Wouldn’t it would be great if divorce didn’t exist, people were always happy in their marriage, and they stayed together for the rest of their lives? There was a time when people tended–for better or worse–to stay married, and divorce was not commonplace. Unfortunately today, as we are all aware, divorce rates have been quite high, and only continue to rise. When a couple separates and/or decides to divorce, there are cert …
Coping With Back to School Anxiety
Author: Pamela P. Siller, MD
September 5th, 2017
We have all experienced trepidation before a life-changing event, or a small anxiety-provoking experience. The feelings of butterflies in your stomach, your heart pounding in your chest, or the need to run to the bathroom several times in an hour, is a familiar sensation to most everybody. Regardless of whether you are worried about an upcoming flight, an important business meeting or a life-altering phone call, the physical sensation is the same …
Gambling Addiction: It's Not About The Money
Author: Dr. Raymond Nourmand
July 4th, 2017
The National Council of Problem Gambling recently reported that approximately 6 million adults and half a million teenagers in America engage in problematic gambling, or have what one may call gambling addiction. Gambling addiction refers to a pattern of making risky monetary bets in a way that impairs a person’s social, psychological, emotional, physical, or financial functioning. The rate of occurrence in youth is about two to three times …
Author: Mrs. Lisa Rabinowitz, LCPC
January 20th, 2015
For many years, we've been hearing about the benefits of exercise for reducing stress, losing weight, alleviating back pain, and decreasing the likelihood of some diseases. But the benefits of exercise go well beyond the waistline. Researchers have shown the positive impact of exercise on your physiological and psychological health. As a Fitness Professional and Licensed Counselor, I have seen the impact that exercise has on my clients' wellbeing …