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A Letter from Neil D. Brown, LCSW

Parent-teen power struggles are nothing new.  Teenagers pushing back against parental expectations and limits are a normal part of adolescent development.  This is how kids move towards independence and prepare for emancipation. 

A Letter from the Authors of Transforming Stress for Teens

Worry about an upcoming math test, anxiety about feeling pressed to try drugs, pressure to get better grades, fear of being harassed by a classmate; that all can add up to feeling a lot of stress if the emotions of worry, anxiety, pressure, and fear are left unmanaged.

Being a parent can be tough work, and when kids don’t cooperate, it’s easy to lose your cool and raise your voice. But is there a better way for parents to get their point across? In this exclusive Q&A, author, longtime nurse, and temperament specialist Rona Renner gives us the lowdown on parenting, discipline, and her new book, Is That Me Yelling?, which offers frustrated parents everywhere effective communication strategies that focus on their child’s unique temperament.

As a nurse, what inspired you to write Is That Me Yelling?

Last week we talked about the role that dreams can play in the process of grieving the loss of a loved one. Dreams can complicate the process by disrupting the client’s normal sleep patterns.

A new study published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy entitled “iRest Yoga-Nidra on the College Campus: Changes in Stress, Depression, Worry, and Mindfulness” (Eastman-Mueller, Wilson, Jung, Kimura, and Tarrant, 2013) found that the iRest yoga nidra program, developed by psychologist Richard E. Miller, may reduce symptoms of perceived stress, worry, and depression while increasing mindfulness-based skills among college students. In the study, students participated in two hours of the yoga nidra program for a period of eight weeks.

Regularly missing more than one session in a month or frequently arriving ten or more minutes late can have significant consequences for your practice and for the course of therapy.

Suggestions for handling missed and late sessions:

1. Have an upfront policy. Prior to starting with a client, have them review your policies including one about your expectations for missed sessions, rescheduling and canceling sessions, and arriving late.


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