Fighting the Back to School Blues?

If you are one of the lucky parents whose kids can’t wait to go back to school, you probably aren’t reading this blog. If, on the other hand, your child is getting more anxious by the day, you are not alone, and there are things you can do to help ease the transition. Millions of […]

New Frontiers of Psychotherapy

On March 13th, the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara sponsored a workshop with nationally known child psychiatrist Scott Shannon, M.D., entitled The Future of Psychotherapy: New Frontiers in Complementary & Alternative Treatments for Kids, Teens, & Families. The seventy plus attendees were riveted by the wealth of experience and information Shannon packed into three […]

Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” -Voltaire Although we have known instinctively for millennia that laughter, like crying, can be a powerful antidote to pain and suffering, the scientific world is finally catching up. According to the American Association for Therapeutic Humor, laughter may have a direct […]

Do You Want to Avoid the Next Fight?

Most people are now aware that high levels of conflict–loud, angry or bitter fighting–can be tremendously destructive not only to marriages and intimate relationships but can cause lasting harm to the children caught in the crossfire. As painful as divorce can be for kids, what we know now is that excessive fighting is what troubles […]

10 Tips to Help Kids Cope with War & Traumatic Events

“I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?’” ~Eve Merriam These are uncertain, turbulent times, colored as they are by fears about war and terrorism. As a result, children as well as adults are experiencing higher levels of stress. When a flu bug is going around, conscientious parents […]

My Child Is Afraid of the Dark–Is That Normal?

“Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.”  –Francis Bacon Young and old, child or adult, fear is one of our companions in life, and we should be glad that it is. Our brains are hard-wired to […]