One of our staff members, Todd Kerr, LIMHP, recently reviewed this YouTube video. He thinks you'll find the information timely and presented coherently. If you have a teen in your home, having the latest research information will be useful. Questions -- or want to schedule a time to consult with Todd? Please give us a … Continue reading Teen Marijuana Use
Service Animal documentation We frequently get asked to provide a letter for someone wanting to travel with an animal - or to have clearance to bring an animal into group housing, such as an apartment complex, dormitory or care facility. Here are some things to keep in mind. Summary by: Scarlett Shockley, LPC, LIMHP Do … Continue reading Service Animals
When the average American looks at his or her smartphone between 90 and 165 times per day, this average American is doing much more than practicing highly questionable personal hygiene.A spate of recent studies suggests that people constantly looking at their smartphones — or, even scarier, simply sitting near their smartphones — have lower rates … Continue reading Device overload item – could it be happening to you?
Studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Exposure to even a few days of stress compromises the effectiveness of neurons in the hippocampus -- an important brain area responsible for reasoning and memory. Weeks of stress cause reversible damage to neuronal dendrites (the small “arms” that brain … Continue reading How Smart People Handle Difficult People
In a world where communication is available at our fingertips in an instance true connection and communication appear to be lacking. We have social media, instant messaging, texting, screen shots, and all variety of digital screen-to-screen interactions. This can make face-to-face interaction feel more difficult or uncomfortable. Dialectical behavior therapy, also referred to as DBT, … Continue reading How DBT Can Help You Get What You Want
Kids Get Worried With everything that happens in the world, your kids will — potentially — get the idea that the world is a dangerous place. They will ask questions. So, you’ll want to be ready to talk about it with them calmly. “Parents can help children gain a sense of personal control by talking … Continue reading Talking To Kids About Fear And Violence
Romance on a Shoestring Valentines Day is upon us! Couples are often stretched in terms of time and money. People often tell us that at the end of the day, they are daunted by multiple responsibilities, deadlines, and a personal or family budget that is stretched to the limit. Ideas for you! Our therapists are a … Continue reading Romance on a Shoestring
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150111195734.htm - link to original article iPhone separation linked to physiological anxiety, poor cognitive performance From Science Daily: Cell phone use has become a common part of life as mobile devices have become one of the most popular ways to communicate. Even so, very little research exists on the impact of cell phone usage and specifically … Continue reading Phones & Separation Anxiety
Catch 22 – revisited I recently revisited the 1970 film Catch 22. I like older movies. They often offer more than today’s films, I think. Complexity of plot, character development, great cinematography, and very little computer generated content. I had seen the film a long while ago – I think perhaps it was when I was … Continue reading What’s your ‘Catch 22’?
Yakima Herald Republic | Postpartum Depression: “Don’t suffer in silence” Learn about Postpartum Depression Follow the link above to find out more about the symptoms and treatment of postpartum depression. Need help? Our newest staff member is an expert in the assessment and treatment of this situation. Brier Jirka, LMHP, is accepting new referrals - … Continue reading Postpartum Depression: “Don’t suffer in silence”