Category Archives: Articles

The Power of Yoga for Teens During COVID-19

—Melissa Johnson, PhD Psychologist, CEO of the Institute for Girls’ Development What are your teens doing to de-stress and stay energized during this challenging time? Moving our bodies, stretching, challenging our physical selves are all great ways to release our every day tensions. Yoga is one movement modality that is particularly effective for teens right

Body & Brain Connection

by Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D. “Don’t trust your fears. They don’t know how strong you really are.”  ~ Dr. Kate Truitt Turning to face my fear, I meet the warrior who lives within…. Today is Clinical Hypnosis Day!  I have incorporated Clinical Hypnosis into my work with adults, children, and teens for over 10 years. Clinical

Willingness to Experience Aloneness

by Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D. Willing to experience aloneness, I discover connection everywhere….– Jennifer Paine Welwood As I reflect on what Mental Health Awareness Month means in this COVID-19 year, these words have special meaning. “Willing to experience aloneness” – wow, really?!? That’s a tough thing to do in such a lonely and isolating time.

Courage and Compassion

by Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher I’ve been seeing a lot of courage these days! I’m guessing you have too.  The courage of our health care and other front line

5 Tips to Shift from Boredom to Self-Reliance

By Sushi Frausto, LMFT Boredom is a natural, common, and unavoidable feeling.  Throughout life, we will all be faced with moments of complete and utter boredom. Children may experience boredom as both an emotional and physical sensation that can feel overwhelming.  They often turn to screens, devices, or other distractions to alleviate this feeling.  These distractions do

Would Your Teen Benefit from Family Therapy?

By Brittany Fella, MALicensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 92791) We love working with teens  – in both individual and family online therapy.  But how do you decide if individual or family therapy would be most helpful for your teen?  Consider these factors: When Individual Therapy is Best  If your teen’s primary concerns are academic challenges, self-esteem, or friendship

We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies.