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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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Why is Group Therapy Effective? A Scotch Plains, NJ Therapist Shares the Facts

Posted Posted in Adults, Food allergies, New Moms, Parents, Teens

Group therapy is a treatment in which people with similar conditions or goals learn from, and move toward better mental wellness together. Group therapy is one of the most effective treatments for healing and hope. The group setting provides a sense of community, support, and understanding that can be difficult to find elsewhere. The process […]

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Why Pet Loss Is So Painful: How You Can Help Yourself and Those You Love.

Posted Posted in Adults, Children, Elaine Harrison-Yau, Grief, Parents, Teens

Let me introduce you to Jess* and Bosco… Jess was 12 years old when she got her beautiful pet rabbit, whom she named Bosco. To her, Bosco was perfect with his gorgeous black fur and little twitching white nose. Jess would spend time snuggling and playing with her rabbit. She loved him very much. However, […]

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3 Ways to Heal from Perfectionism

Posted Posted in Adults, Anxiety, Julie Marshall, Teens

Are you a self-proclaimed “perfectionist”? Or do others often put you on a high pedestal to achieve and always be on top of things? Perfectionism, while not a diagnosable mental illness, can wreak havoc on those who wrestle with the nagging thought of “Am I good enough?” What is Perfectionism? Merriam Webster defines perfectionism as […]

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Navigating the 3 Types of Teen Independence

Posted Posted in Kerry Isgur, Parents, Teens

Early adolescence is a turbulent time of enormous physical, emotional, cognitive, and social changes and growth. Adolescence is a time to practice self-governance by feeling, behaving, and thinking independently. This is the groundwork for becoming a confident, independent adult who is not unduly influenced by other people or forces. This can be a challenging time […]

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EMDR for Teens: How can this proven trauma therapy help teens in New Jersey?

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Fawn McNeil-Haber, Teens, Trauma

In the past two blogs, we have discussed the many ways EMDR can help individuals overcome trauma and PTSD. EMDR is a very well-researched form of trauma therapy that helps individuals who feel “stuck” move forward from trauma. It can be used in a variety of clinical settings by clients of all ages. However, it […]