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Harm Can Continue Even After Bullying Stops

bullying, health effects, anxiety, depression, self esteem, teenagers, kids, anger, fear, psychotherapy, counseling, therapy

Intervening early to stop bullying is important because the health effects – including anxiety, depression and impaired self-worth – can persist even after bullying stops, a study shows. The study examines “how the effects of bullying can compound over time or snowball” by focusing on students’ past and present bullying experiences, says Laura Bogart, a […]

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Helping Teenagers Recognize Toxic Friendships

toxic friendship, friendships, unhealthy, teenagers, therapist, red flags, signals, signs

Ending a friendship is a very personal decision. Everyone has his or her own threshold — his or her own breaking point. Perceptions of what may be considered ‘toxic’ can vary, depending on the individual. And, the connection to another person in a friendship could be strong, which may outweigh the negatives present within the […]

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Who Can Use a Vision Board? Everyone!

san jose, therapy, counselor, marriage, couples, family, teen, vision board, chris jones, licensed marriage family therapist, mft

We often here the question, “Who are vision boards for?” and the answer is anyone who has a goal or dream they want to achieve.  One thing to keep in mind is vision boards are universal; everyone and anyone can use them. In this post I will share how vision boards can benefit all of us. Recently, […]

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Ability to Text Crisis Counselors Helps Teenagers Reach Out

teenagers, texting, crisis hotline, crisis counseling, crisis counselor, emotional issues, marriage family therapist

The conversation began abruptly, with the anonymous teenager getting straight to the point: She had just told her family that she was really a boy trapped in a female body. “Now my family hates me,” she told a crisis counselor. The counselor was empathetic. She asked for more detail about the family, offered encouragement and […]

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Teenagers and the Texting Generation Gap: U R 2 Old (JK)

teenagers, texting, communication, generation gap, parenting, family issues, Christopher Jones, Marriage Family Therapist,

As president of the Walt Disney Company’s children’s book and magazine publishing unit, Russell Hampton knows a thing or two about teenagers. Or he thought as much until he was driving his 14-year-old daughter, Katie, and two friends to a play last year in Los Angeles. “Katie and her friends were sitting in the back seat […]

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