One Wish

Dear Parents, I woke up early ready for work, but even I have no clients at 1:30 in the morning. This has given me plenty of time floating around in the realm of “If wishes were horses…”.  I rather pride myself on living without regrets.  I try always to choose my path, even when the Universe deals me a different…

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Throwing in the Towel

Dear Parents, Sometimes I wonder where cliches come from.  Usually, I know what they mean, but I am not always sure from whence they sprang; hence the title.  Does throwing in the towel have something to do with surrendering in war?  Boxing maybe?  Mama Google says the latter, “When a boxer is too beat up to continue, his coach throws…

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Get Your Own Complex Developmental Trauma Symptom List

Hello Parents, While many of you are well-versed in the symptoms of Complex Developmental Trama, I’ve been getting a number of calls lately from parents and therapists asking me questions like: “Is this behavior normal?” “Is this reactive attachment disorder?” “What is this?  Part of normal development or something else?” If you have questions about some of the things you…

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The Little Things

Dear Parents, Yesterday, my son–now 22 years old and living nearby in a supportive housing program for people with mental health issues–texted me this: “Mom can I git dentst?”  I texted back, “Yes, call the dentist office on the corner near your house.”  He responded, “K, wel, I thnking I go out for a walkng and jus goin, cus  I not…

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Attention Is A Need

I work with a number of children who annoy for attention. Attention is attention to them regardless of whether it is positive or negative.  Some attachment challenged children have difficulty being vulnerable enough to seek attention in a pro-social way.  To do that would be to admit that s/he has emotional needs in the first place. And some are simply…

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