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Health Benefits of Decluttering Your Home

There are significant mental health benefits from de-cluttering your home. The Marie Kondo Effect, the de-cluttering craze sweeping across social media around the country, is real and in practice by some therapists here in Metro Detroit. Among those that have practiced it before is therapist Carrie Krawiec, of the Birmingham Maple Clinic. She visited the Fox2 News studios Sunday morning to talk … Read more

How to Be a Better Wife and Improve Your Marriage – BMC on UpJourney

How can you be a better wife and strengthen the foundations of your marriage? Carrie Krawiec, LMFT at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, stopped by UpJourney to offer some helpful tips for women to have stronger marriages. She offers tips such as “softening your startup”, which is initiating conversations with gentler tones and less negativity, and … Read more

Certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) BMC Therapist – Christine Muska

Christine Muska, LMFT, became a Certified Therapist in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) in 2017. She has used EMDR in both in-home and traditional outpatient settings. Christine recently enrolled as Consultant in Training (CIT) and is starting to see clinicians who need hours to become certified in EMDR. According to EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and … Read more

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment, reappointment to Michigan Board of Social Work

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Julian Diaz of Birmingham and the reappointment of Constance Squires of Rockford to the Michigan Board of Social Work. The nine-member board, housed within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, evaluates and determines minimal entry level competency of health practitioners and takes … Read more

Vote Save America

So what is this, you ask? Vote Save America is a step-by-step guide to help make sure you, your friends, and your family have all the info they need to actually vote on November 6. Click here to read the full article and to register to vote.

Birmingham Maple Clinic Summer Clinic

BIRMINGHAM MAPLE CLINIC Offers the opportunity for K- 6 students to MINIMIZE SUMMER BRAIN DRAIN. “Most students lose about 2 months of grade level equivalency in reading and math over the summer months…” -Gary Huggins, CEO National Summer Learning Association EACH SESSION WILL ADDRESS: School assigned work packets and reading Grade level math, reading, writing, and comprehension Organization … Read more

Dr. Anthony Bass, Guest Lecturer at BMC

Today, Birmingham Maple Clinic welcomed Dr. Anthony Bass, Faculty Member and Supervisor at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Research and Training, to teach a course for the clinical staff, “The Dialogue of the Unconscious and the Therapeutic Relationship.”  Therapists learned that each of us interprets the patient and the therapeutic relationship with the patient … Read more

A Clinical Inservice Seminar for BMC Therapists

“The Neurological Impact of Screen Exposure on Children and Adolescents,” Aimee F. Luat, MD., Pediatric Neurology, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Birmingham Maple Clinic Therapists attended a morning presentation to review the studies and findings identifying both positive and negative effects of digital screen exposure on children and teens. While there is some evidence that learning-based … Read more

Parent Tips For Emotionally Preparing Your Child For Summer Camp

• EMPATHY – Must have secure attachments at home 1. Open, honest communication 2. Feels valued, trusted, respected 3. Parents genuinely recognize strengths and gently work on weaknesses – Importance of modeling sympathetic feelings and caring behaviors 1. Putting oneself in someone else’s shoes 2. Parents display respectful, empathic behavior toward others 3. Parents compliment … Read more

Healthy Grieving

There are no “rules” for grieving; it is specific to the person in mourning and involves feelings, behaviors, activities and communication that allow the mourner to express their loss in a way that elicits support and understanding from others and/or from the immediate environment. This can be a single experience or a series of experiences … Read more

How to prepare for a successful performance interview:

• Prepare, prepare, prepare! • Anticipate good and bad comments. Have non-defensive responses ready. • Exhibit passion for your job and let your employer know your willingness to expand your role. • Make creative suggestions for improvement before being told. • Review steps to implement your plan! • Practice your review with a trusted associate. … Read more

Road Tripping with Toddlers: BMC on the Live Out Nanny

Carrie Krawiec from the Birmingham Maple Clinic was recently quoted in an article by Live Out Nanny regarding tips for going on the road with your young child for a long period of time.  Here is what Carrie had to say about setting guidelines and encouraging positive behavior after those long hours in the car.  … Read more

Teen Depression Viral Video, National Depression Screening Day, and BMC’s Appearance on Fox 2 News

At a recent TEDxYouth event, 19-year-old Kevin Breel stood up in front of the audience and said “I suffer from depression.” In the 11 minute viral video, shown below, this emerging stand-up comedian explained what it felt like to grow up with a mental illness. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences … Read more

Social Media Depression: Birmingham Maple Clinic’s Carrie Krawiec on the Dr. Nandi Show!

Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, Carrie Krawiec, LMFT, spoke on the “Ask Dr. Nandi” set on September 29, 2013. Dr. Nandi, a Detroit-area gastroenterologist, author, speaker, educator and patient advocate, hosts a daily T.V. show which emphasizes his values of empathy and treatment of the “whole patient” — mind and body. In line with Dr. Nandi’s … Read more

CTFD: A Viral Condition That Parents Need to Catch

Is your child involved in the recommended 2-3 extra-curricular activities per week?  Are you keeping their diet gluten-free?  Are you a Tiger Mom?  Are you adopting a no-punishment parental strategy?  Is your child contributing to their personal growth on their free time? Don’t have the answers to these questions?  It’s okay.  If these prompts got … Read more

July is Minority Mental Health Month

According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The US House of Representatives proclaimed July as this special month in 2008, aiming to improve access to mental health treatment and services through increased public awareness. Organizations of all types and sizes are encouraged to use this wonderful opportunity to create mental … Read more

Ethics Seminar at Birmingham Maple Clinic

Birmingham Maple Clinic hosts Professors from Wayne State University For 5-Hour Seminar on “Ethics; A Slippery Slope” On Friday, June 28, 2013, Professors Anwar Najor-Durack and Dennis Muzzi presented a workshop at Birmingham Maple Clinic for the clinical staff to discuss ethical issues in clinical mental health practice.  While it is required for Clinical Social … Read more

Mind Over Matter Run and National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. To kick off this month devoted to reducing stigma for mental health treatment and raising awareness for suicide prevention Royal Oak hosted the 8th Annual Mind Over Matter (MOM) 5K race on May 4, 2013. Survivors, victims, advocates, friends, families, and fit-minded  people joined together to bring attention … Read more

Gleaners Food Drive at BMC

From April 29, 2013 through May 6, 2013 Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists and staff have collected canned and non-perishable food items for local food pantry, Gleaners. Gleaners Community Food Bank supports soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Livingston Counties. To end hunger, Gleaners attempts to supply the equivalent of 100,000 meals … Read more

Denim Day at Birmingham Maple Clinic

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson declared April 26, 2013 Denim Day in Oakland County, to raise awareness of victims of sexual violence and domestic assault. Denim Day is a symbolic gesture in response to a landmark case in an Italian court in which the judges over turned a rape conviction because they believed that ‘because … Read more

National Stress Awareness Month: Stress-Relief After Tragedy

National Stress Awareness Month is ending in a week, but sadly most peoples’ stress won’t end with the month of April. Many people are still reeling from the bombing and shooting events in Boston as well, which only increases everyday stress. Experts share some tips on how to keep your stress levels at a minimum … Read more

The Roeper School Psychologist Breakfast

April 19, 2013, Therapists Carrie Krawiec, Monica Galinsky, Jennifer Hanawalt, and Kristen Beesley, represented Birmingham Maple Clinic at The Roeper School’s annual Psychologist Breakfast. The Psychologist Breakfast is an opportunity for staff from The Roeper School to educate clinicians from the community about the school’s philosophy as well as discuss topics related to the social-emotional … Read more

School Counselor Visit

Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists Kristen Beesley, Jim Kors, and Carrie Krawiec, along with child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey London presented to local public school counselors, social workers, and psychologists on the topic of differentiating between ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. The counseling staffs from Birmingham, Clawson, and Royal Oak visited the clinic to learn about … Read more

Murder-suicides in Metro Detroit

Three murder-suicides in the last few days around Metro- Detroit this week have shocked loved ones, neighbors, and co-workers close to those harmed as well as the general public.  Police and domestic violence experts are trying to put the pieces together to explain such shocking similar crimes in neighboring communities. Although the rates of domestic … Read more

Birmingham Maple Clinic Introduces Educational Group for Parents with Jerome Price

How many times have parents been told “It’s my life!” by a teen that seems to be out of control. Teens are very vulnerable to believing that they can handle everything and do not need the support or imposition of adults. They are struggling to take control of their lives while at the same time … Read more

Dr. Lila Massoumi Visits BMC

On April 5, 2013 Dr. Lila Massoumi, MD, ABIHM, visited Birmingham Maple Clinic for an educational seminar on integrative medicine. Dr. Lila Massoumi, an integrative psychiatrist, combines “alternative” or “complementary” treatment modalities (e.g. nutritional supplements, herbals, treatments from the ancient healing systems of China or India) with conventional care. Dr. Massoumi explained treatment techniques utilized in her … Read more

Southgate Student Suicide

Thursday, March 21, 2013, students at a Southgate, MI middle school mourn the loss of a student who committed suicide by shooting himself in a school bathroom. The student, reported as somewhat popular, shot himself once with a .40-caliber handgun at Davidson Middle School around 8 a.m. The boy, whose name was not released by … Read more

Sizzurp and OTC Cough Medicine Abuse

Over the weekend news outlets reported rapper Lil’ Wayne’s near death condition following several seizures.  It was reported that Wayne was in critical condition as a result of consuming “Sizzurp,” a term the rapper has made famous for codeine laced cough syrup. Although teens and those familiar with hip-hop music are familiar with the colloquial … Read more