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Could Your Child Be Experiencing Selective Mutism?

Posted Posted in Children, Elaine Harrison-Yau, Parents

What is Selective Mutism? Selective Mutism (SM) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by an inability to speak or communicate in certain situations. It is usually first diagnosed during childhood. Children with selective mutism appear to develop typically and speak normally in certain situations. However, they fail to speak in public situations where speaking […]

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Understanding Teen Dating Violence: What you need to know

Posted Posted in Alexandria Bleich, Parents, Teens

Teenage years are full of exploration and growth. One area that we see this exploration in, specifically, is teenagers’ social lives. Teenagers may be becoming interested in pursuing romantic relationships. They may start navigating the exciting world of dating. However, with dating comes the responsibility of teaching teens the importance of autonomy, boundaries, and consent. […]

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How to Talk to Your Child about School Shootings and Violence

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children, Kerry Isgur, Parents, Teens, Trauma

High profile acts of violence, especially school shootings, can be frightening and confusing to children. Even well-intentioned safety measures like ‘active shooter drills’ at schools can also amplify intense worries in children who fear their friends or loved ones’ safety.  Step 1: Reassure your child that they are safe. Emphasize that schools are very safe. […]

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A Trauma Therapist’s Tips For Adult Children of Narcissists: Pt 3

Posted Posted in Adults, Parents

Tips From A Trauma Therapist for Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Parents Narcissistic wounding happens when you are not allowed to fully develop your true self-identity. This occurs as a result of your narcissistic parent’s excessive needs and expectations. Given the major influence of parents’ empathy on a child’s development of self-esteem, this can severely impact […]

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Adult Children of Narcissists: Pt 2

Posted Posted in Adults, Parents

Part Two: The Effects of Narcissistic Abuse From Parents on Adult Daughters The way parents respond to their children has a major impact on the child’s development of self-esteem and an internal sense of themself. If your parent is a narcissist, you likely are not allowed to fully develop your true self-identity growing up. This […]