• Two Quick Tips for More Effective Communication between You and Your Partner:

    Avoid judgmental words and loaded terms. Using judgmental words and loaded terms conveys the message to your partner that he or she is

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  • Heroin Use: Signs of Use Among Teens and What you Can Do About it..NOW!

    Prescription pill abuse such as Oxycontin and Vicodin have been on the rise among teens and young adults on Long Island and elsewhere. Of significant concern are the high rates of abuse with the illicit drug, Heroin, and parents need to be vigilant and look for warning signs of early abuse patterns. A sobering thought:

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  • Positive Parenting: Praise vs. Punishment

    We have all heard the admonishment that you catch more flies with sugar than you do with salt, the same holds true with parenting… you get much further with praise then you do with punishment. Try these tips NOW! in order to begin enriching your relationship with your child (children) and increasing your parenting effectiveness:

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  • Mindfulness Therapy

    Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it. –Sylvia Boornstein

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  • Spring is a time of re-growth and renewal… Where and how can you grow, how can you better care for YOURSELF? Take the time NOW!

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  • Meditation for the day… “Do Not Cling to that Which Changes” – The Buddha

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  • Sleep and Academic Performance

    School aged children and their parents often get into arguments about bedtime, curfews, and other “sleep” issues. A recent series of studies has addressed the impact that sleep schedules have upon academic performance in school aged and college aged children and adolescents. The study divided participants into three groups, those who went to bed, routinely

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  • Assertiveness and Communication Styles

    One of the more common relationship problems people seeking help discuss is communication. Each and every relationship has a unique dynamic of communication. Individual relational styles run the gamut from passive to aggressive. Passive communicators favor a style that includes withholding ones true feelings, beliefs, needs, and opinions, in favor of accepting and supporting their

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  • Stress and Children

    Stress and anxiety are common problems that we see in children who are brought to our offices. Children show signs of stress and worry in ways that are different from adults. Symptoms of stress and anxiety in children include poor school performance, nightmares, sibling conflict, increased aggression or agitation, and clingy insecure attachments to parents.

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  • Quitting Smoking

    Several patients over the past week have expressed interest in quitting smoking so I thought I would take a moment and post a few thoughts about this challenging habit. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, nicotine addiction (nicotine being the main culprit in tobacco addictions) is as, or more difficult to overcome than heroin: (http://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/29/magazine/nicotine-harder-to-kickthan-heroin.html)!

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