Our Schools & The Mental Health Crisis

Our schools are experiencing a mental health crisis. In any given year, up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder. What can we do to identify these students within our schools and connect them to the resources they need? In … Read More

The Power of Play

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Kids look like small adults. At times, they may even sound like mini grownups–especially when they get a little sassy or parrot back a parents’ own words to them. External resemblance aside, kids process things much differently from adults. Kids’ brains haven’t matured to the same place that an adult … Read More

Divorce 911: Your Inner Strength

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Recently, GROW Counseling and Dr. Wendy Dickinson partnered with Divorce 911 to create a few short videos addressing common themes in divorce. In this video, they discuss the topic of your inner “bad ass” and how important it is to find the help you need to educate and find courage when … Read More

What exactly is adolescence?

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For many parents, understanding a bit about their teenager’s brain development can be helpful in navigating the sometimes difficult adolescent years. But first, what exactly are the adolescent years? What does the term “adolescence” even mean? Researchers and scientists have had a pretty difficult time coming to a consensus definition. … Read More

Cognitive Neuroscience Part 4: Teaching an old dog new tricks

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Twenty years ago, most physicians, psychologists and researchers believed that the human brain stopped developing after a certain age. The brain could grow and change during childhood or adolescence, but not adulthood. On the surface, this makes sense. It is sometimes difficult to teach an old dog new tricks. However, most … Read More

Decoding Your Break-Up, Part 2: How Do You Deal With Them

In Part One of Decoding Your Break-Up, we explored why break-ups feel so terrible. In Part Two, we will talk about how to deal with a break-up in a healthy, productive way. Time does heal all wounds. However there are definitely ways to speed up and encourage the healing process. … Read More

Family Bonding During Summer

The sun is out more, the days are feeling longer, and children are getting antsy. Summer is right around the corner! One of the questions I get asked a lot this time of year is, “How do I make the most of summer as a family?” While the upcoming end … Read More

Decoding Your Break-up, Part One: Why Do You Feel So Bad

Break-ups can be extremely hurtful and distressing—regardless of if the relationship lasted weeks or years. It is ok and totally normal to feel sad after a relationship ends. A break-up can be upsetting whether you are being dumped or whether the dumping was your idea. While we all know break-ups … Read More

Cognitive Neuroscience Part 2: The Brain vs. The Mind

Over the next few posts, we’re going to talk about an emerging field of study called cognitive neuroscience. But don’t worry. We’re going to leave (most of) the 7-syllable words to the textbooks and wikipedia entries. Instead, we’re going to focus on the practical applications of this science on our … Read More