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The Difference Between Big ‘T’ and Little ‘t’ Trauma

The Difference Between Big ‘T’ and Little ‘t’ Trauma

Did you know that not all trauma is the same? Trauma takes on various (sometimes unexpected) forms and impacts children and adults alike. Considered an emotional response to a terrible event, trauma infringes upon an individual’s sense of control and can alter their sense of reality.

Video Therapy: The Experience and Why We Feel It’s Just Not Enough

Video Therapy: The Experience and Why We Feel It’s Just Not Enough

What felt like overnight, COVID-19 created an abrupt shift in the way we communicated- not just socially, but in the way we sought groceries, the way we attended school, and above all, the way we offered mental health care. As social distancing mandates made it...

Autism Acceptance: Advocacy for Siblings of Autistic Individuals

Autism Acceptance: Advocacy for Siblings of Autistic Individuals

As you may have heard, last month was Autism Acceptance Month. While we think it’s great to designate part of the year to show our support, awareness, and acceptance of our autistic community, we would also like to emphasize the importance of autism advocacy year-round. Through our advocacy, we seek to reach beyond just those diagnosed with autism, and to shed a special light on the siblings of autistic individuals – their experiences, their needs, and just how strong of an impact autism has on their lives.

Happy March, everyone!

Happy March, everyone!

Lighthouse of Pontiac is our March charity. We will be collecting diapers, pull-ups and feminine products in our office waiting room, and we will be dropping everything off at the end of the month.

Art Therapy Q&A

Art Therapy Q&A

Art Therapy is a type of psychotherapy where the creative process is used to help you express and understand how you think, feel, and act on a deeper level.

The Universal Language of Play

The Universal Language of Play

With the winter solstice approaching on December 21st, it seems we as a society are grappling with the possibility of change when it comes to our traditional celebrations of light and warmth around this time of year. It is fascinating in that the welcoming of the...

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, affects an estimated 10 million Americans each year. Females are about four times more likely than males to develop SAD and, although it is more common in adults, it can also affect children and young teens.

Big News

Big News

Dear clients, there will be no monthly blog this month because we are …..drum roll please…..

Your Anxious Mind in the Time of COVID

Your Anxious Mind in the Time of COVID

In the last week, I had three separate conversations with three different patients about how to handle their overly anxious mind during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and the transitioning out of quarantine time. It occurred to me that there are many more people...

Transitioning Out Of Quarantine

Transitioning Out Of Quarantine

As the world is transitioning out of COVID-related lock-downs, we are seeing increased levels of anxiety in our patients, young and old(er). Here is Dr. Natasha Kendal discussing how to make this transition a little easier for everyone....

Parenting in the age of CORONA

Parenting in the age of CORONA

Today I would like to share with you some of my thoughts and musings on the struggles that parents all around me are experiencing while trying to work, teach and parent all at the same time. Now, it is self-evident that wearing multiple hats all at once is a...

COVID Musings

COVID Musings

I usually have no trouble coming up with blog topics, but this one has been tricky. I just couldn’t put in words my thoughts and feelings as we enter the second month of the stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic here in Michigan. So, for lack of another way...

An Ode to Schedules

An Ode to Schedules

As I am writing this post, more and more businesses and governments are shutting down; families are staying home or only venturing out on urgent errands, and nursing homes are in lock-down modes due to the spread of Coronavirus. Many parents are struggling to balance the needs of their young children with the demands of their careers, and teachers and school districts are reinventing education to work from home.

Parenting Advice – The Big Secret

Parenting Advice – The Big Secret

Friends, family, and clients often ask me the same question – what is the best bit of parenting wisdom and advice I received and can pass on to them? That’s a tough question to answer, as it appears that every family is different, and every child has unique challenges...

Why Therapy?

Why Therapy?

“What will therapy actually do for me?” “I don’t know if it’s going to work.” “My problems aren’t that bad.” Sound familiar? Before I experienced therapy myself, these were common thoughts I would tell myself to perpetuate the stigma that therapy is ineffective, and...

Goal-Setting for the New Year

      DOWNLOAD YOUR VISION BOARD HERE! Happy New Year! Not only are we into a new year, we have entered a whole new decade. If you are at all similar to me, when I stop and think about what has occurred in my life over the last 10 years, I feel like a...

Props for Parents

Props for Parents

Reaching Your Child During Severe Anxiety Anxiety is by far the number one presenting problem in our office, for both adults and children alike. Sometimes the anxiety gets so strong and painful that it manifests itself in extreme behaviors and  resents itself like...

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In addition to providing therapy in our cozy Bloomfield Hills office, we offer teletherapy to clients who reside anywhere in the State of Michigan, on your time and in the comfort of your home (or office, or dorm room, or man cave or she-shed…).

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