Useful Articles & Resources ~ by Jessica Kramer, LCPC, NCC

Useful Articles & Resources ~ by Jessica Kramer, LCPC, NCC2024-02-07T18:57:02-05:00

Navigating Second Marriages: The Role of Couples Therapy

Entering into a second marriage can be both exciting and daunting. While there’s the hope of newfound love and companionship, there’s also the reality of past experiences that can shape the dynamics of the relationship. Couples therapy can play a vital role in helping couples navigate the complexities of second marriages and build a strong foundation for the future.Understanding the DynamicsOne of the key aspects of couples therapy for second [...]

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Teenagers and Stress

Teenagers commonly experience stress as a result of difficulties with peers, family, school or their personal thoughts, feelings or behaviors. Peer problems may include conflict with friends, a break-up or being bullied. School related pressures range from academic performance, relationships with teachers to moving and changing schools. Family issues may involve the separation or divorce of parents, chronic illness or death of a family member or financial difficulties. Negative [...]

Teenagers and Depression

Major depression is a serious medical illness that affects 1 in 20 American teenagers. The most serious risk of depression in teenagers is suicide, the third leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds and the second leading cause of death among college students. Parents should be aware of the symptoms of Major Depression: Depressed, irritable mood or feeling nothing Decreased interest or pleasure in activities Change in appetite [...]

Difficult Transitions – Parenting Consultation Services, Bethesda

“Transitioning” can be any kind of change from one activity to the next, I like to refer to transitions as “going from A to B.” Transitions happen all day long, when we go from one room to another, when we leave the house, when we arrive at the next destination, when you shift your focus from one area to another. Some children are very easy with transitions; if you [...]

Empathy – the most important ingredient in human relationships

Many therapists speak about the concept of empathy which is vitally important in order to have meaningful and lasting relationships. Empathy is not the same as sympathy, which is the act of feeling sorry for someone. Empathy is a more complicated concept. When one is being empathetic, or empathic, that means that one is understanding that somebody feels the way that they do because of their circumstance. It does [...]

Prepare your child for the path – Parenting Consultation Services, Bethesda

Prepare your child for the path, do not prepare the path for your child -- by Jessica Kramer, LCPC, NCC One of the biggest complaints I hear from parents is that this generation of children seems to have an inflated sense of entitlement. The phrase “helicopter parenting” is a hot debate. Most claim that they are opposed to the idea of hovering over their children, yet many who are [...]

Mindfulness reduces anxiety and more

Mindfulness is simply the act of keeping your attention on the present moment so that you are observing what is happening. When you are being mindful, or “present”, you are observing your thoughts and feelings without any kind of judgment, and you are awakening yourself to the experience of being in the moment rather than being distracted by outside intrusions or thoughts. Have you ever had the experience of [...]

What exactly is anxiety and what can I do about it? – anxiety treatment in Bethesda

Anxiety is both an emotional and a physical state. Anxiety can be a very helpful emotion – it is the emotion that keeps us safe, it is the emotion that keeps us healthy, it is the emotion that keeps us clean and organized. Anxiety in the proper doses is very helpful and necessary; if we didn’t have anxiety about getting sick then we wouldn’t go to the doctor. If [...]

Got Power Struggles? – Parenting Consultation Services, Bethesda

Q: Who usually wins a power struggle? A: No one. If the child gets his way, the parents feel as if they have given in. If the parents get their way, they are left feeling angry that the struggle had to occur in the first place. Both parents and child are left with residual feelings of resentment and anger no matter who gets their way.  Parenting consultation services will [...]

Strategies for working parents: staying connected

For working parents, the evenings often involve hours of household chores and driving to various errands and activities. Staying close and connected with your children can be challenging in this environment and many parents who try to “do it all” end up feeling short-changed in the process. As the holidays approach parents are reminded even more of how precious family time is and how our daily interactions set the [...]

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