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The Issue of "13 Reasons Why"

Posted on May 11, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been counseling teenagers for almost 10 years now, and I try to keep up to date on trends. As many people are aware, the Netflix Series "13 Reasons Why" has become extremely popular especially among teens. As an avid Netflix watcher :roll:, I checked this series out and had some intense thoughts and feelings about it. I am glad that it is raising awareness of the issue of teen suicide, but I am not so pleased with the way that suicide has been "glamorized" or with the way that suicide is blamed on others during the show. I am attaching a link with a beautiful response to this series by a group of teens. Also below: Crisis Hotline website and phone numbers for adults and teens.

The Hotline: 832-416-1177

Teen Talk: 832-416-1199 (call) or 281-201-4430 (text)


How does therapy work?

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I stumbled across this article in Psychology Today and found it interesting. It discusses some of the different modalities of therapy and comments on the idea that some are "proven" to work better than others. I really enjoy the comments about the client-therapist realtionship being the most important part of therapy, and that in this relationship, healing can occur, regardless of modality. Check it out!

Vacationing with a Teen This Summer?

Posted on July 21, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you vacationing with a teen or tween this summer? We all know that can be challenging especailly if this teen or tween has struggled with school, self-esteem, or family conflict during the school year. A vacation can still be enjoyable and is a good time to relax and just enjoy each other, without focusing on daily problems. Reconnect! Read this article; it has some helpful hints of you planning a trip. It discusses Disney specifically but can be applied to any trip really.