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Teen Issues

The New Status Quo: Adjusting for the Mental Health of Our Students
August 11, 2022

School is one of our biggest socializing agents in American society. Some would say it’s a catalyst for social growth and an exercise in the critical understanding of the world. I think it’s safe to say there are a...

Summer Slump
July 25, 2022

We are halfway through summer break. Are you starting to notice that your child has gone from being happy to be out of school and loving life to becoming more of a bored zombie around the house? Structure may...

Improving Self-Esteem by Practicing Positive Affirmations Daily
May 9, 2022

A helpful, but not always easy, way to improve feelings of self-worth is the daily practice of positive affirmations. I like to use affirmations as a mental exercise, getting the mind into healthy shape. Positive Affirmations are helpful in...

Help to Control Test Anxiety
March 31, 2022

When a big test is coming up it is normal to feel nervous, especially if you know that the test is going to count for a huge percentage of your final grade. When we feel anxious, we may experience...

Protecting Our Loved Ones
March 31, 2022

By Darrick Brown, MDiv, Mental Health Awareness Coordinator Sex and sexuality can create beautiful experiences. For some, it’s a bonding experience, a solidifying spiritual union. For others, it’s a fun expression of playful joy and thoughtfulness. Sex can be...

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: A Q&A with Summit Therapists
February 18, 2022

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Institute of Justice, teen dating violence includes physical, psychological or sexual abuse; harassment; or stalking of any person ages 12 to 18 in the context of a past...

Today’s Worries are Enough for Today
January 6, 2022

“No one ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than one can bear.” -George MacDonald It seems that anxiety is on...

How to Support Your Teenager with Anxiety
October 1, 2021

Most of the teenagers I work with experience anxiety in some form. Over my years working with this population, I have found that I often am supporting the parents and family as well. I do not often hear people...

To be Young, Black and Depressed
October 1, 2021

There has been more acknowledgement, inclusion and research regarding the disproportionate rates of depression, lack of mental health accessibility and lack of individuals seeking therapy due to the stigma that still resides within the black community. We’ve seen the...

Is Social Media “Influencing” Our Youth?
October 1, 2021

Social media: something that has become impossible for some of us to live without. Especially the teens in our life. Social media is a great way to stay connected, this past year has proved that. But how much is...