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Are We Having Fun Yet?

By: Dr. Jan Hittelman Our priorities in life not only drive our day-to-day activities but also directly influence our life goals, thoughts, feelings, and interactions with others. For better or worse, our culture steers us towards achievement, prosperity, and material wealth. Who doesn’t want to live in a big house full of cool stuff? But […]

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Hot Under the Collar

8 Common Anxiety Symptoms and a Few Ways to Begin to Cool Off By Rachael Bonaiuto, LPC When you have anxiety, it’s easy to feel like others don’t understand what you’re going through. Anxiety itself can make you feel as though you’re suffering from symptoms, worries and concerns that are not only pronounced – they […]

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3 Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness Parenting

By Debbie Mayer, LCSW Mindfulness parenting is all the rage these days, and there’s good reason for it.  The general idea behind mindfulness is the ability to practice being present and aware without judgment.  Now, combining this approach with parenting is not necessarily what you might instinctually think to do.  ‘You mean, you want me […]

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Book Review: The Whole Brain Child

Book Review: The Whole Brain Child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your Child’s developing Mind (2011) Authors: Daniel Siegel, MD and Tina Bryson, PhD By Mia Bertram, LPC The Whole Brain Child, is a must read for every parent and caregiver. This valuable resource offers easy ways to help nurture the parent child relationship while […]

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Strategic Parenting for a Successful School Year

A new school year presents a new opportunity to develop a game plan for the academic year that yields positive results for your student(s) as well as your family. Quite often, a stressor for one family member tends to have an impact on everyone; a parent’s new job, a family member struggling with emotional challenges, […]

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Healthy Family Conflict

By Jan Hittelman While conflict can have a toxic affect on family functioning, it is a normal interpersonal occurrence in any relationship. The goal is not just to try and minimize it, but more importantly to develop and implement effective conflict resolution strategies for when it occurs. • Allow for a respectful exchange of opinions: […]

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Mentoring: The Power of One

 By Jan Hittelman In the counseling field there are numerous schools of thought regarding the most effective therapy techniques. While the specific strategies utilized are of great importance, the success of any therapeutic approach is primarily a function of the underlying relationship between client and therapist. More specifically, the client knowing that the therapist genuinely […]

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The Between Years

By Jan Hittelman Most parents see adolescence as their greatest challenge. Until then, we assume we can comfortably rely on the parenting strategies that have worked in the past with our younger children. This faulty logic often leaves us unprepared for the challenges of the teenage years and results in our parenting approach being more […]

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Mothers & Daughters

By Dr. Jan Hittelman A lot has been written about the relationship between mothers and daughters. It can be one of the closest relationships a woman has and also the most challenging. Generally, females are much more emotionally expressive than males. Consequently, women tend to have much deeper conversations emotionally and share more regarding their […]

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The Magic of Mentoring

 By Dr. Jan Hittelman Adolescence is a turbulent time and as parents our high school and middle school children constantly challenge us. While we know it’s a time of experimentation, we want to keep our children safe from drugs, alcohol and other risk behaviors. Even though they may lack focus at times, we want our […]

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Growing As Parents

By Dr. Jan Hittelman For parents of middle and high school students, efforts to help their children achieve in school can often seem like a recipe for disaster. Due to adolescent development, all the ingredients are in place: impulsivity, questioning authority, desire for independence, and raging hormones + school! It’s a roller coaster ride for […]

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Dad Power!

 By Jan Hittelman While there is no denying the amazing bond between mothers and their children, our culture tends to minimize the profound impact that fathers can have on their children’s health and well-being. Research has consistently indicated that the more fathers are involved in parenting, the healthier their children are. More specifically according to […]

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Healthy Social Development

By Dr. Jan Hittelman Social skills are tools that we use to interact with and understand others in our social environment. These skills are not innate, but are learned through our interpersonal experiences. Unlike “abilities”, which we are born with, “skills” can only be learned through practice. For example, some people are born with the […]

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Developing Healthy Self-Esteem

 By Dr. Jan Hittelman A child’s self-esteem has a significant impact on their overall well-being and success in life. The process by which our self-esteem develops is complex and is influenced by many factors. Children who have healthy self-esteem typically exhibit several of the following characteristics: Willingness to try new things, taking pride in accomplishments, […]

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Reducing Family Stress

By Dr. Jan Hittelman We live in a stressful world. Research has shown a link between stress and a wide variety of serious health problems including: hypertension, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, ulcers, neck or low back pain, and even cancer. That’s why it’s important for us to have effective stress management skills. We can start […]

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Counseling for Step / Blended Family Issues

Are You Struggling To Create A Healthy Family System? Are you experiencing difficulties merging two families or bringing a new partner into yours? Or, if you’ve been a blended family for a while, are there still personality, relationship, and/or communication conflicts that are affecting your ability to connect as a family? Are you, your partner, […]

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