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Which Came First? The Behavior Problems, or the Poor Sleep?

Credit Getty Images It’s a classic which-came-first question: Is the child not getting enough sleep because of problem behaviors, especially at bedtime, or is the child behaving problematically because of not getting enough sleep? The answers are most likely yes and yes, and the back-and-forth currents can drag a child down developmentally. In an editorial…

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5 Ways to Teach a Child to be Mindful During an Ordinary Day

5 Ways to Teach a Child to be Mindful During an Ordinary Day By GoZen! on October 13, 2016 in GoZen! Anxiety Relief, Mindfulness Meditation Want to teach your child the art of mindfulness? Even one minute of mindfulness can create a shift during your day. It doesn’t take a particular posture or formal training…

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8 Ways to Beat Back to School Anxiety

By Dr. Susanna Quasem Starting something new is hard. For kids, starting school for the first time – or going back to school – is both exciting and scary. For parents, it likely brings relief (finally they’re going back to school!) and some anxiety too. Particularly if you have an anxious child. Here are some…

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Parenting in the Digital Age: How to Raise Safe and Responsible Online Citizens

By: Dr. Dana Verner – Mobile devices and the internet are powerful tools that can provide our children many benefits and opportunities.  In the palm of the hand, they allow vast growth and exploration for our children’s curious, developing minds.  Yet, at the same time, there are significant risks, particularly if our children don’t have…

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EMDR Therapy 101

By:  Ashley Johnston, MS, LPC-MHSP – Did you know that our minds often heal themselves naturally, in the same way our bodies do?  Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during REM sleep.  Nearly 30 years ago, a woman by the name of Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR),…

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Late Summer and Fall Coping Skills Groups

Late Summer and Fall Coping Skills Groups for children and adolescents start soon! Each of our Coping Skills Groups provide participants with evidence-based skills that target specific stressors, diagnoses, or wellness goals. Our newest addition, Coping Skills 301, begins in August and is designed for youth who have a tendency to get stuck in rigid…

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Teen Suicide Prevention Forum Summary

Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center, Symmetry Counseling, and the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network held a Forum to discuss Teen Suicide on May 16, 2016.  It was well attended and we were very glad to see the interest in discussing this very important matter. For those who couldn’t attend, we thought we would summarize some…

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Teen Suicide Prevention Forum

Please join us on Monday, May 16th at 6:30pm for a conversation about supporting teens in the emotional struggles of adolescence with a panel of psychiatrists, mental health clinicians, and experts in the field of depression and suicide prevention. This conversation is for parents, counselors, and school personnel. How do I talk with my teen…

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The surprisingly easy way to reduce your anxiety

It isn’t easy being anxious. You can’t sleep, you can’t concentrate, you’re tired and cranky. The good news: Curbing your anxiety may be easier than you think — perhaps as easy as saying “thank you.” Anxiety tends to turn people inward, make them more introspective and therefore less socially engaged. Previously, scientists have shown that…

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