Posts Tagged 'weston therapist'

Halloween Safety

Happy Halloween!  This time of the year people dress cute, friendly, sexy, and scary. It’s the time for you to act wild and crazy and have fun but most of all- collect lots of candy.  As a child, I remember the thrill was to see who could collect the most candy in their bag.  However, being outside going door to door can be a safety risk as well. Here are some safety tips to follow.  Remember… HAVE FUN & BE SAFE!

Alphabet letter S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Alphabet letter A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Alphabet letter F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Alphabet letter E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Alphabet letter H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Alphabet letter A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Alphabet letter L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Alphabet letter L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Alphabet letter O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Alphabet letter W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Alphabet letter E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Alphabet letter E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Alphabet letter N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

* Safety tips provided by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.


Mental Health Awareness Week 2013

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week; Mental health advocates across the country join with others in their communities to sponsor activities, large or small, for public education about mental illness.  I think this is so great to support others and spread the work that people may be suffering and it’s okay and there is nothing wrong with it.  It normalizes it for them so the individual may feel more comfortable to seek the help they may need whether from a family member, a friend, and/or a professional.

I recently heard of a friend from high school who was suffering and did not get the help she needed.  My heart goes out to her family and friends who she touched. People who are suffering don’t realize how much they impoact others and I think it is so important to acknowledge that everyone means something to someone.

“Knowledge is power.” Francis Bacon



Let’s Talk About Sex Baby| Talking to Your Child About Sex

A popular Facebook page with a large following posted this:

“A mom fan has a question ” How can I talk to my tween daughter about changes to her body? Also, what is a good age? She is 10 now.”

The truth is, as children/tweens start to develop they will have a lot of questions.  It is important to be honest about the changes happening to their body and what will happen in the future.  It is not about being uncomfortable and thinking about yourself but looking at the facts of development.  Many times, your child will come up with more questions to ask.  Some questions may even seem silly but it is important not to laugh at them or they will not feel comfortable to ask again when they are curious about things in the future.  If your child does not feel comfortable to talk to you about these topics, they may ask someone else, or explore on their own.  It is very important that you normalize these changes as we all experience puberty at some point in our life.

You could always go to your local bookstore and get a book on changes of development and take the opportunity to read nightly with your child.  It is a great bonding experience and it will help give you a format and answer questions as you go along if you are unsure of where to start with the conversation.  Be brave and good luck!


Neurofeedback & Sleep Problems

I received an email from someone:
“My husband suffers from sleep apnea.  Can you help?”

Yes, neurofeedback can help with sleep apnea.  Sleep is central to the natural repair and restoration process that maintains each part of our mind and body. Neurofeedback helps the Central Nervous System (CNS) to release old and unhelpful patterns. This allows sleep to renormalize. When sleep renormalizes, your memory will work better, energy increases, and overall functioning improves. You will have better attention, focus, and concentration.

What can Neurofeedback do for sleep?

Neurofeedback returns irregular sleep patterns to normal, improving both sleep quality and quantity. Getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis provides many benefits.

Problems with Sleep:

Sleep can become disrupted and unproductive in many ways. The occasional interrupted sleep, does not have lasting effects. Problems occur when the disruptions are repeated or chronic.

Repeated difficulties  with sleep will compromise your physical health, immune system, and brain functioning. Using caffeine, sugar, and other chemicals to help you stay awake night after night will make the situation worse.

People are often awake against their will. Such problems include insomnia, chronic pain, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement, myoclonic twitches, acute injury, bereavement, stress, and certain psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Panic, apnea, and other breathing-related disorders will also interfere with sleep.

Functions of Sleep:

Learning, declarative/factual memory, and emotional processing happen during REM sleep (which happens at the end of each sleep cycle).
Maintain cognitive vigilance – the ability to notice and gather new information.
Maintain the ability to learn – to integrate new information into the old.
Immune system restoration and surveillance. This happens during the earlier parts of each sleep cycle.
Body growth and maintenance. Your metabolic (energy system) and your somatic (physical body parts) are repaired and developed during the nonREM parts of your sleep cycles.
Sleep is primarily a physiologic process that restores both somatic (overall body) and neuronal (nerves, brain) integrity. You are essentially getting a “tune-up” when you get your required number of sleep cycles.
As sleepiness rises, awareness of poor performance declines. There is a decrease in prefrontal cortex activity, which is where our executive functions occur.

These include:
Working memory
Inhibiting responses to distracting stimuli
Connections with hippocampus to help create longer term memory
Interactions with other parts of the brain to produce cognition (thinking)
Mood regulation
Help understand social situations
Strategic planning
Seeing the big picture while noticing the details
Being aware of one’s situation

If you have any further questions about the benefits of neurofeedback, please contact me at 954-217-2444 x17.

Coping Skills for Children| Breathing Techniques

Many times people are told to breath slowly and count to ten when stressed.  Unfortunately, children have a difficult time remembering to stop, breath slowly, and to the count ten at the same time.  However, blowing bubbles is a great way to slow down their breathing.  It takes their mind off of the stressor and helps them to physically and emotionally calm down, and it’s fun.

I used this technique with a child in my office and watched her from being slightly anxious to calm, as well as her speech was clearer.  Throughout the bubble blowing her demeanor had changed drastically; she started trying to catch the bubbles at the beginning and as she progressed she asked if she could continue blowing sitting down as she was physically calmed.  It was great to see how such an easy technique could help so much.


Don’t Be Single Forever: Singles Support Group

I am excited to introduce a new group I will be starting for singles.  It is a therapeutic, support group- not a dating group.  It will help you to achieve your true potential in the dating world and work on the issues you may have or aren’t aware of, that are prohibiting you from being successful.  Contact me for more information.

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It’s For the Children: National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

SAMHSA reports that it the effort seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. Last year, the national theme focused on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma.

Communities around the country participated by holding their own Awareness Day events, focusing either on the national theme, or adapting the theme to the populations they serve.  For more information you can for to SAMHSA.images