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“Your counsel was thoughtful and based on experience.  You saved us time and money and most importantly understood how emotional the process would be…our deepest appreciation.” – Elizabeth Purnel, MD

Diagnosis – What it Means for Parents

A diagnosis is an important piece of the puzzle we are trying to solve when we try to help kids with disabilities learn how to function. Many parents are relieved when they get a diagnosis for their acting-out, "problem child" because they see it as a guideline for...

Financial Options

One of the questions that I get asked most often is how much does it cost and how do I pay for it? The average cost of private therapeutic boarding schools and programs is about $4000 to $9000 per month depending on the program and what they have to offer. There is...

“I want it now” Entitlement Issues

Back in the Stone Age, giving to your child might have meant providing food, shelter and protection. Those needs are still there. Unfortunately, if you give in to every little want and need your child expresses, you are really feeding and nurturing a sense of false...

Are your parenting skills working?’

So often I hear from parents that their spouse is not on the same page with .. and that's not always when it's a divorced family, sometimes it's the same in a married intact family. So often when parents get divorced the kids end up living full time with mom and only...

Is your teen hanging with the wrong crowd?

can save you a lot of money and frustration. I have parents tell me almost every day that they have either sold their home and moved to a new location, or they have sent the problem teen to live with another family member, only to have the teen doing the same old crap...

Instant Results?

Many kids now begin drinking in elementary school, and binge drinking is a common activity by the 10th grade.1 This alarming information comes from the SHARP Survey - Student Health and Risk Assessment - given bi-annually to students in public schools; and it shows a...

Drinking is a problem

Drinking is a problem - and it's starting earlier than ever Many kids now begin drinking in elementary school, and binge drinking is a common activity by the 10th grade.1 This alarming information comes from the SHARP Survey - Student Health and Risk Assessment -...

Where does your motivation come from?

As parents, we want to see our children mature and become more and more motivated to do “the right things for the right reasons.” We want them to shift from needing extrinsic motivators (e.g., rewards, absence of punishment) to being more intrinsically motivated –...

Snow Hurts

Fall was a wonderful time of year to work as a therapist in a wilderness program. The foliage provided a brilliant backdrop on which to gaze during each session. The days were warm and the nights cool providing great physical comfort. But on the downside the weather...