Licensed Psychologist

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World Mental Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. It is an opportunity for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy. Here are some mental health resources:

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Take time to pause, breathe, and take care of yourself. Some ideas during this stressful time: catch up on your reading (use your local library’s website for free online resources), talk to friends/family, get back to one of your hobbies or start a new one, do a workout from home (gyms are releasing free content online), rest, be kind to yourself, take media breaks, create a routine, and take it one step at a time.

As we are currently practicing physical social distancing, it is important to remember that we are still very much connected socially/emotionally. In an effort to keep the connection and continue to provide needed high quality mental health services in the safest way possible, I have started providing HIPAA compliant virtual sessions (versus live in-person visits) and will keep everyone posted when I return to doing live in-person office visits. Be well!


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Early Literacy

Thank you, Kiddie Academy of Plantation, for inviting me to read to your students for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign, the largest shared reading experience that helps raise awareness about the importance of building children’s early language and literacy skills.

The students were so engaged, and the book had a wonderful message about sharing.



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Helpful parenting tips for a meltdown

You can learn a lot from your children, and your children can learn a lot from you. Children are navigating their world and learning how to deal with situations and their emotions. So what can you do when they meltdown?

First, try to regulate your emotions.

Next, it’s important to understand the function(s) of their behavior, employ behavior management strategies (a parenting class or a child psychologist can provide training; there are also wonderful books and articles on evidence-based strategies), and empower them with coping tools (not taught in the heat of the moment, of course).

Talk to them when they are calm (hear them out, validate their feelings, and promote them using their words to communicate).

Also, modeling appropriate ways of handling situations, practicing desired behavior(s), and rewarding children’s efforts can go a long way!

Don’t forget to give yourself credit- you are doing great!