Category Archives: Making Changes

Anxiety in Youth

It seems that today’s children are experiencing problems with anxiety much more than children in the past. Anxiety can zap the joy from childhood and set children up for continued emotional difficulty in the future. Signs of anxiety in children can include: Insistence on perfection Avoidance of feared situations Seeking Excessive Reassurance Repetitive Behaviors Excessive …

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Book Review: The Kazdin Method…

Have you ever wished you had a guidebook for your child? Thanks to Dr. Alan Kazdin, you can have the next best thing. As a parent, you will get a lot of (often unsolicited!) advice, much of it conflicting. It can be difficult to know who to listen to or what to do. You may …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Goal Setting–Why End High?

“Shoot for the moon…even if you miss, you’ll end up among the stars.” I used to have a sweatshirt with this saying. It was one of my favorite sweatshirts when I was younger, not because it fit well or was stylish (it was probably neither 🙂 ), but because I loved the message. I dreamed …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Goal Setting–Why Start Low?

Who among us hasn’t had a goal they’ve had difficulty accomplishing? What’s gotten in the way? Maybe the goal felt TOO BIG. In my previous post on setting goals, I mentioned that it can be helpful to start small when setting goals. This may seem counter-intuitive if you have a big goal in mind. So why …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Setting Goals Can Be a Balancing Act

Looking to make a change? Take a lesson from the playground. Setting goals effectively can be a bit like a seesaw or a swing; you don’t want to start at the top. Whether you have a large ambitious goal (like running a marathon) or a less defined desire to change something (like a desire to be …

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Book Review: “What to Do” Guides for Kids: What to Do When…

…your temper flares…your brain gets stuck…you dread your bed…you grumble too much…you worry too much…bad habits take hold. “The What to Do” Guides are a series of books by psychologist Dr. Dawn Huebner for helping children deal with a variety of problems ranging from every day difficulties, like how to respond to anger, to diagnosable …

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Let Go of Tension

Most people carry around more tension than they realize, which can lead to physical complaints such as headaches,  muscle aches, and difficulty sleeping. The neck, shoulders, and jaw are common areas of the body to hold tension. A few times a day, mentally scan your body for tension (paying particular attention to those areas that …

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Psychology tip of the Day: Face Your Fears

Anxiety makes us want to avoid things, but avoiding them makes us more anxious. Instead of feeding your fears, try taking small steps toward facing them.

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Psychology Tip of the Day: Why do people see psychologists?

Seeing a psychologist doesn’t mean you’re “crazy” or mentally ill; it means that there are areas of your life you’d like to improve, and that you want professional advice from someone with specialized training about how to improve them.

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