Useful articles & resources ~ By Jessica Kramer, LCPC, NCC

Teenagers and Stress – By Jessica D. Kramer, LCPC, NCC

Teenagers commonly experience stress as a result of difficulties with peers, family, school or their personal thoughts, feelings or behaviors. Peer problems may include conflict with friends, a break-up or being bullied. School related pressures range from academic performance, relationships with teachers to moving and changing schools. Family issues may involve the separation or […]

Teenagers and Depression

Major depression is a serious medical illness that affects 1 in 20 American teenagers. The most serious risk of depression in teenagers is suicide, the third leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds and the second leading cause of death among college students. Parents should be aware of the symptoms of Major Depression:

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Difficult Transitions – Parenting Consultation Services, Bethesda

“Transitioning” can be any kind of change from one activity to the next, I like to refer to transitions as “going from A to B.” Transitions happen all day long, when we go from one room to another, when we leave the house, when we arrive at the next destination, when you shift your […]

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Empathy – the most important ingredient in human relationships

Many therapists speak about the concept of empathy which is vitally important in order to have meaningful and lasting relationships. Empathy is not the same as sympathy, which is the act of feeling sorry for someone. Empathy is a more complicated concept.

When one is being empathetic, or empathic, that means that one is understanding […]

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Prepare your child for the path – Parenting Consultation Services, Bethesda

Prepare your child for the path, do not prepare the path for your child — by Jessica Kramer, LCPC, NCC

One of the biggest complaints I hear from parents is that this generation of children seems to have an inflated sense of entitlement. The phrase “helicopter parenting” is a hot debate. Most claim that they […]

Mindfulness reduces anxiety and more

Mindfulness is simply the act of keeping your attention on the present moment so that you are observing what is happening. When you are being mindful, or “present”, you are observing your thoughts and feelings without any kind of judgment, and you are awakening yourself to the experience of being in the moment rather […]

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What exactly is anxiety and what can I do about it? – anxiety treatment in Bethesda

Anxiety is both an emotional and a physical state. Anxiety can be a very helpful emotion – it is the emotion that keeps us safe, it is the emotion that keeps us healthy, it is the emotion that keeps us clean and organized. Anxiety in the proper doses is very helpful and necessary; if […]

By |May 31st, 2014|Anxiety|Comments Off on What exactly is anxiety and what can I do about it? – anxiety treatment in Bethesda

Got Power Struggles? – Parenting Consultation Services, Bethesda

Q: Who usually wins a power struggle?
A: No one. If the child gets his way, the parents feel as if they have given in. If the parents get their way, they are left feeling angry that the struggle had to occur in the first place. Both parents and child are left with residual feelings […]

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Strategies for working parents: staying connected

For working parents, the evenings often involve hours of household chores and driving to various errands and activities. Staying close and connected with your children can be challenging in this environment and many parents who try to “do it all” end up feeling short-changed in the process. As the holidays approach parents are reminded […]

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Fostering Self-Esteem in Kids

Self-esteem, in short, is how we feel about ourselves. Children who have low self-esteem are much more likely to develop problem behaviors such as drug use, eating disorders, depression and involvement with abusive partners.
How do you know if your child has low self-esteem and what can you do to improve it?

Some clues that your […]

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