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adolescents

By Randy J. Paterson, PhD, author of How to Be Miserable in Your Twenties

Follow your passion. Do it with passion or not at all. Chase your passion, not your pension. No alarm clock needed: My passion wakes me.

By Tara L. Deliberto, co-author of Treating Eating Disorders in Adolescents

Dieting is seductive for adolescents because it is assumed to improve both health and body image. It is, however, counterproductive at best, and extremely dangerous at worst. 

Here's Why

By Jonathan Barkin, PsyD, author of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens

Teens’ developmental stage, desire for independence, and busy lives can make consistent completion of homework challenging. Here are five ways to increase homework compliance:

By Randy Paterson

Clients in their late teens and early twenties increasingly report a sense of paralysis brought about by not knowing their passions. Without such insight, they believe, it is difficult or impossible to move forward in their lives.

Behavior change that is consistent with personal values is the purpose of psychotherapy. As teens begin to identify what’s important to them and take steps to behave in ways that move toward those things, they will experience internal events that may be intense or challenging. These are things they’ve spent energy avoiding in the past, which have in turn steered them further away from their values.

Values clarification is a critical part of  any psychotherapy session. It may be more challenging for some teens than others, to get in touch with what matters to them. For those who struggle, clinical psychologist Sheri Turrell, PhD, and social worker Mary Bell, MSW, suggest a number of options.

In general, praising talents can lead to two problems. First, it can make us cling to the idea of being talented. We want to be aware of how talented we are all the time, and we become afraid of doing anything that might make us think negatively about ourselves. We might even avoid challenging situations. But when we don’t challenge ourselves, we don’t grow.

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