What’s the One Thing?

Stefanie Armstrong, MS, LIMHP Take a moment to consider: What’s one consistent relationship ritual you do with your child almost daily? As a busy mom, I got to thinking about how there seem to be days that pass where I haven’t intentionally made a connection with each...

Letting Go of the Shoulds for More Successful Parenting

Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP If you’re a parent, you may have said something like these statements at one time or another. (I know I have!) “My child ‘should’ be able to entertain himself.” “My adolescent ‘should’ know how to be more polite.” “My child ‘should’ stop...

Sunscreen, Acne and Sunburn… Listen, Don’t Launch!

-Cathy Schweitzer, MS, LMHP The other morning, Jeff and his mom came for their usual appointment. Jeff had been removed from his biological home for severe neglect. He spent several years in foster care moving from home to home before he was adopted. His first...

It All Started with Netflix

By Stefanie Armstrong, MS, LIMHP Clinical Commentary By Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP Click here for full...

Ten Tips to Increase Connection

Stefanie Armstrong, MS, LIMHP and Cathy Schweitzer, MS, LMHP Tip #1 Take a Look at YOU! Take a couple minutes each day and look in the mirror while you are getting ready in the morning and getting ready for bed. This may sound a bit strange, we know! But taking time...

When Parents Have a Traumatic Past

Ghosts in the Nursery –by Debra Wesselmann, MS, LIMHP– Psychoanalyst Selma Fraiberg wrote a famous essay in 1987 entitled “Ghosts in the Nursery” that enlightened professionals regarding the powerful impact of early experiences on parents’ relationships...