Children often look towards their parents to find truth and safety in the world. You have great power over your children’s self-esteem and mental health - and your words are no exception. Let’s take a look at some of the most damaging things parents say to children, and what can be said instead.
To me, one member of the household in therapy, is like only filling one car tire with air… All tires must be full and the axis aligned for the car to run smoothly. This is not just limited to parents, but includes siblings, too.
Photo by Katerina Holmes on Pexels.com A common concern brought to light in therapy is the tendency for clients to be too hard on themselves, to be too rigid with their expectations, or to fall prey to all or nothing thinking. These thoughts might sound like “It’s not good enough”, “This is not how I… Continue reading Redefining Success: Prioritizing Mental Health in Tumultuous Times
Self harm is on the rise* in the US and around the globe. Yet many misconceptions around the behavior continue to persist. These misconceptions often lead to missed opportunities to intervene and provide proper treatment. It also leaves those who self-harm feeling stigmatized and ashamed to ask for help. What is Self Harm? Self-harm is… Continue reading The Misconceptions Behind Self Harming Behaviors
A still from docudrama The Social Dilemma. Photograph: Netflix Lately, our virtual offices have been full of teenagers complaining their parents are “crazy” and “taking away their technology” after watching Netflix’s documentary, The Social Dilemma. We also have parents calling in a panic that their child is going to commit suicide if they remain on… Continue reading Netflix’s The Social Dilemma: A Therapist’s Perspective