The Question Nobody is Asking: Why Are Americaâ€™s Youth So Preoccupied With Getting High?
In my busy Dublin counseling practice, seeing clients with addiction problems is about as common as a family doctor seeing a client with a cold. By far and away, substance abuse problems are the most common reasons parents/families will bring a young client into my practice. When asked what the next step is, I often […]
How To Let Your Child Fail The Right Way
All over the news we have heard interviews with psychologists and counselors discussing theÂ rising levels of narcissism and entitlementÂ among young adults in this country. The reasons are many and there is plenty of blame to go around. I could spend time rehashing the arguments but you probably have already heard the reasons andÂ I already wrote […]
Failure To Launch: UncoveringThe Epidemic Of Unmotivated Young Adults In America
Every day in my private practice, I receive at least one phone call from a frantic parent pleading for help with his or her child. This is nothing unusual for a busy counseling practice in Dublin, Ohio, except â€¦ these â€œchildrenâ€ are adults! According to a recent report issued by the National Endowment for Financial […]
Treating the Person Versus Treating A Diagnosis
Every day in my practice I am asked by a client what diagnosis they have or by a parent what the diagnosis is for their family member. What I always tell clients is that while I understand that they would like to hear exactly what is wrong so we can fix it…the truth is that […]
Part 3: â€œI Got Ya!â€:How mindfulness can help get our mind back under our control
When I first present the concepts of Observe & Describe to my clients, they often ask me how/when to utilize them. The power of mindfulness is a skill that has to be practiced by a person on a consistent basis for it to make a difference in their lives. The power of Participate is […]
Part 2: “I Got Ya!”:How mindfulness can help get our mind back under our control
When we are being mindful, it is very important to realize the importance of being able to Describe what is going inside your mind. I liken it to “thinking about your thinking” or simply commentating what you are telling yourself. Every one of us has conversations inside our heads; where we deside what we […]
Part 1: â€œI Got Ya!â€: How mindfulness can help get our mind back under our control
One of the biggest complaints I hear from clients is their inability to control their thoughts. I donâ€™t mean their thoughts are literally under the control of somebody or something else. I mean they have the inability to shut their mind off or prevent themselves from thinking negative thoughts. I think we have all been […]
Bullying Hurts: How Bullying Takes Our Brain’s Ability to Adapt and Turns it Against Us.
Everyday in my practice, I hear the story of a child being bullied and how badly it affects them. Each story is different, but the results are much the same. Parents, counselors, and teachers across the country are reporting significant increases in incidents of bullying. Recent research has indicated that as many as 35% of […]
Time to Change The Conversation: What We Should Be Learning From Celebrity Deaths
I have no doubt that at this very moment I am one of many professionals who are racing to write an article or have a comment ready to address the sudden suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams. There will be the typical theories from the likes of Dr. Drew who will discuss the role of addiction […]
Why Have We Lost So Many Great Artists to Substance Abuse?
When the first reports ofÂ Phillip Seymour Hoffmanâ€™s deathÂ came in a few months ago, my first thought was sadness that another great actor passed away. After the initial thoughts and emotions faded, I couldnâ€™t help but wonder why these deaths continue to happen. So many great actors and musicians have passed away over the past 20…