5 Things You Should Discuss with Your Partner before You Say “I Do”

In today’s world, it is not uncommon to hear of a couple divorcing in as little as a year (sometimes even less) after they were married. Often people will rush into marriage, blinded by that magical love glow, and not consider how life will be once the initial shine dims. Soon the once doting couple… Continue reading 5 Things You Should Discuss with Your Partner before You Say “I Do”

Benefits of Family Counseling

When one person in a family unit is struggling, the entire family suffers, and it can be difficult to make real changes unless the family is working together.  This is the foundation on which family counseling is built.  Families can seek this kind of counseling for a variety of reasons and it can be very… Continue reading Benefits of Family Counseling

How to Talk to Your Teen About Anything

It is no secret that parents and teenagers often struggle to communicate effectively.  Unfortunately, this is one of the worst times for communication gaps to exist since teenagers can benefit from the advice and experience of their parents during these important years.  This gap can also make it very difficult to have important conversations about… Continue reading How to Talk to Your Teen About Anything

Helping Teens Feel Safe in an Unsafe World

The school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut was a tragedy beyond measure.  When events like this occur, it shakes the foundation on which all our lives are built.  This is as true for our teenagers as it is for us parents.  Everyone searches for some way to make sense of the awful events of that day,… Continue reading Helping Teens Feel Safe in an Unsafe World

Tips and Tricks for Communicating with Your Teen

If you are the parent of an adolescent, it is likely that you will experience problems communicating with them at some point before they become adults.  This is one of the most common problems parents and teens have to overcome and is often the root cause of other problems. Teens are going through one of… Continue reading Tips and Tricks for Communicating with Your Teen

“Help! I Can’t Talk to My Teenager, He Says I Don’t Understand!”

By: Jan Hamilton, MS, PMHNP-BC Every parent who has ever had a teenager understands this feeling.  It is a topic I get asked about a lot and a frequent topic in family therapy.  As teenagers grow, one of the fundamental changes they are making is the formulation of their own identity, separate and distinct from that… Continue reading “Help! I Can’t Talk to My Teenager, He Says I Don’t Understand!”