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Mindfulness & School Year Stress
October 26, 2015

Now that kids are back in school, more and more children are coming into our offices for anxiety-related problems. With pressure from parents, tests, competitive school atmospheres, and peers, academic work can sometimes cause significant amounts of stress and...

PTSD and Intimate Partner Violence (Excerpt from PTSD Monthly Update from the US Dept. of VA)
October 22, 2015

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) refers specifically to violence and aggression between intimate partners. IPV can include physical, sexual or psychological abuse or stalking. In the United States, about 1 in 4 women (or 27%) and 1 in 10 men...

Summit Trains Forty-One Community Leaders in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
October 12, 2015

On September 10th-11th, forty-one people completed a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop sponsored by Summit Counseling Center. “We are very pleased with the results”, David Smith, Executive Director, said.  “Participants were enthusiastic, worked hard and enjoyed...

Executive Function: What is it and why is it important for academic achievement?
September 24, 2015

Executive function is a domain of cognitive ability that is comprised of a number of distinct yet related skills, including working memory, abstract planning, sustained attention, and mental flexibility.  The executive function system allows for the regulation, control, and...

The skinny on eating disorders
August 11, 2015

Eating disorders are a prevalent issue among females and males. It’s a type of mental illness that is stigmatized and often misunderstood. In fact, individuals who struggle with eating disorders frequently report feeling judged by peers and feeling scared...

Social Media: How It Relates to Depression and Anxiety
August 11, 2015

Think about the number of times you open a social media application on your smart phone every day. Did you know that recent research says that viewing social media apps such as Facebook and Instagram on a regular basis...

Beating the Back-To-School Worries
August 11, 2015

When the summer ends, some kids get excited about transitioning back to their school year routines, while children who struggle with anxiety start to face their worries about school again. Here are a few tips that you can do...

When Career Stress Feels Like a Mental Illness
July 28, 2015

“James” walked into my office and met with me for the first time.  He talked about how he was having the following symptoms: Feeling sad or depressed for several weeks Unmotivated to go to work Reduced appetite Difficulty sleeping...

Back To School Bootcamp
July 22, 2015

As summer (sadly) begins to wind down, more and more parents are starting to think about helping their children transition back to school. Here are my top three tips for helping your child’s transition back to the classroom be...

Anxiety and Executive Function
July 8, 2015

Anxiety can affect a child’s functioning in many different aspects of his or her daily life.  While mild levels of stress can actually improve performance for some activities, clinically significant anxiety is detrimental to a child’s emotional well-being.  Chronic...