I. Sleep-Away Camp is Not for Everyone A. Some parents believe summertime is the time children should be free of commitments and schedules; learn to occupy themselves and enjoy creative free play. B. Sleep-over camp can be very costly. C. Sleep-over camp became popular for kids who lived in urban areas as an opportunity to […]
Survival after cancer treatment has been discussed and researched extensively. Fears about recurrence, panic and anxiety that peaks just before the 3-month, then 6-month, then annual exams, are experiences every cancer patient has and talks about. What is LESS talked about is the guilt that many cancer survivors feel for “surviving” – when so many […]
Believe it or not – while the list of responsibilities, lessons, chores and joys of parenthood are too numerous to list, one of THE most important, and most difficult, tasks of parenthood is to maintain a healthy, vibrant relationship between the parents. Once the baby arrives, it becomes everyone’s priority and treasure. That “status” often […]
In a word, ”YES,” but let’s look at the issue more carefully… 1. What are the actual benefits of Chores? Research shows that children who have chores experience higher self-esteem, are better able to deal with frustration and delayed gratification, are more responsible and usually perform better in school. Some say that young adults’ success […]
There are so many issues that couples face as they begin the journey of life together. Blending their individual styles, sleep and spending habits, house keeping priorities, how (and whether) to fold the laundry…the list goes on… There is not a more critical issue that a couple faces than that of parenting a child. Still, […]
Lori Edelson, licensed LMSW, ACSW, BCD, and LMFT at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently interviewed on WWJ to share knowledge about Post-Wedding Depression, its symptoms, and how to deal with it, especially right now at the peak of wedding season. Click here to listen to a recording!
• 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. […]
As it turns out, his guidance is more than just a catchy tune and has a sound basis in science. Research published in the Journal of Developmental Psychology from May 2017 finds that girls who receive higher quality fathering engage in less risky behavior than their peers. Using a clever research, method investigators studied pairs […]
Ask any parent how much time their child spends on their iPad, iPhone or their computer and they will inevitably say, “Way too much time – for sure!” But how much time really IS too much time? We can enumerate the benefits; it’s a great teaching tool, “My child learned the alphabet and colors before he even […]
Licensed marriage and family therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic, Carrier Krawiec, recently was tapped by the Mother Nature Network to give some tips on recognizing smiling depression in women: What perhaps makes (smiling depression) so scary is that these people are likely not seeking help because they feel even more insecure or self critical that […]
Licensed marriage and family therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic, Carrier Krawiec, recently gave some insight into the hidden form of depression known as “Smiling Depression”. Here is the article’s explanation of Smiling Depression: Smiling depression is characterized by appearing happy on the outside, and keeping the pain on the inside. There is a stark contrast […]
Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of winter depression that affects millions every year between September and April, andparticularly during December, January and February. While many admit to feeling “more and more tired” and have an aversion togo out during the winter months, people who suffer from SAD are typically debilitated by the condition and find […]
This past school year I learned a lot! I volunteered as a group facilitator with a non profit organization, City Year Detroit. City Year is an Americorps program comprised of young adults (18-25 year olds) who dedicate one year to serving full time as tutors, mentors and roll models to students in seven schools in […]
With the recently publicized report of Adam Lanza’s mental state since early childhood, there is yet more reason to recognize that while there are several key factors that intersect to create the “perfect storm,” what underlies these violent rampages across the U.S. and across the globe, involves much more than access to weapons of destruction […]
Everyone is searching for answers as we watch our world and our country terrorized and traumatized in one city after another. Debates over gun control, over health care, over the availability (or lack thereof) of mental health care, the dissolution of the family, the isolated individuals we are raising who are more hooked in to […]
Lori Edelson from the BMC was recently interviewed on WWJ to discuss our guilty pleasures, as well as what causes our happiness/unhappiness. Listen to the clips below! To hear her segments about guilty pleasures, click below: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 To hear her segments about happiness/unhappiness, click below: […]
Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, Carrie Krawiec, presented to the Troy Chamber of Commerce on the topic of Work/Life Balance for the first of four team building activities hosted by the Troy Chamber and sponsored by McLaren Health Plan. Carrie presented on the features of a healthy balance between work tasks and family responsibilities. Carrie introduced […]
Family Therapist Carrie Krawiec from the BMC was just featured on SheKnows.com, offering a helpful way to reduce parental anxiety: “People tend to feel more stressed and anxious when they feel something is wrong with being stressed and anxious…” Click here to read the rest of the article!
Lori Edelson stops by WWJ to discuss tips on keeping the romance kindled year round, rather than just on Valentine’s Day. Listen to all the segments below! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”-Leo Buscaglia A beautiful quote that could be modified to say, “…all of which have the potential to turn […]
Dr. Brooke Weingarden gave a 2 hour lecture at the Macomb County Psychological Association conference. The lecture was geared toward school psychologists in Macomb County. Dr. Weingarden provided a brief overview of psychiatric diagnoses and followed with a focus on psychopharmacology and medications used for each diagnosis and some clinical tidbits about each family of […]
That mess-free standard is hard to achieve when work and life obligations takeover leaving toys scattered all over the house, dishes in the sink piling up, kids’ homework scattered about, etc. Recent studies show that cluttered, hyper-abundant homes make women more stressed, decreasing self-esteem and increasing the risk for depression. The findings even identified higher values […]
Carrie Krawiec, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from the BMC, was recently interviewed by Bustle to discuss how trust can be rebuilt after marriage or relationship infidelity. “When guiding a couple to rebuild following infidelity, I explain the forgiveness steps…” [Read More]
This week, Carrie Krawiec from the BMC joined the crew at WWJ morning radio to discuss topics as the eventful 2016 wraps up – not just once, but twice. In the first one, we look forward to 2017 and offer some techniques on how to set and reach your personal goals for next year. Here […]
Big expectations lead to big disappointments. In this case, everyone seems uptight, worried, dreading the worst. Everyone seems to have either given up or they have an overwhelming passionate investment in winning. The level of anger and vitriol generated by this election has become our preoccupation. All of this could easily lead to “post-election let-down” […]
Birmingham Maple Clinic Therapist, Calder Kaufman PsyD, LP Licensed Clinical Psychologist, traveled to New York in October to meet with Dr. David Grand, the developer of Brainspotting. The purpose of this trip was for Dr. Kaufman to become a Brainspotting trainer himself. Calder enjoyed the experience in part because it drew therapists from across the world […]
From ValuePenguin.com: Life for these mental health professionals largely depends on whether they work in hospital facilities, private practice or in the academic and research realm. Working in a state-run center, for example, can bring a set schedule and a consistent check in the mail. Each of the three environments have their pluses and minuses. […]
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and […]
Actor Mark Ruffalo joined Sesame Street’s Murray to explain the concept of empathy.
By Catherine Saint Louis, New York Times: Attention deficit disorder is the most common mental health diagnosis among children under 12 who die by suicide, a new study has found. Very few children aged 5 to 11 take their own lives, and little is known about these deaths. The new study, which included deaths in […]
From Laura W. Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice, Clinical Social Work Association: Mental Health First Aid Act (H.R. 1877) passed the House yesterday by voice vote. This Act will be extended through 2021 through block grants to train first responders, law enforcement and teachers to assist anyone in a mental health crisis, and reduce […]
Use (or install) locks on your doors, windows, file cabinets, storage for valuables. Never walk alone at night; especially “under the influence.” Never be left alone at a party without your friends. Stay aware of your surroundings; do not let personal technology distract you. Keep emergency contacts in your phone. Keep some cash and identification […]
From Lois M. Collins of DesertNews.com: Nine out of 10 Americans believe the 2016 presidential election is the most “polarizing” and “volatile” ever, according to research that says you’re not imagining it if you think you’re seeing fewer campaign signs, bumper stickers and people willing to ‘fess up about where they’ve thrown their support. “We’ve […]
From Claire Gillespie of sheknows.com: When we think of Bruce Springsteen, we think of, well, The Boss. A strong man in control of his life. A talented musician and a prolific humanitarian. He’s still all of those things, and he’s also a man who has experienced bouts of mental illness throughout his adult life. [Read […]
Led by: Ronnie Hormel, MA, LLPC, NCC and Jessica Garrett, PhD, LLP, NCSP Dates: Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, October 15 from 11 am – 1 pm Target audience: Middle-school aged females (11-14 y/o) struggling with anxiety and social skills Rationale: Anxiety occurs in both genders, but by the teenage years, girls are much more at […]
In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. One of the fascinating ideas here is the idea of soul-love; the old Gaelic term for this is anam cara. Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and cara is the word for friend. So anam cara in the Celtic world […]
BMC therapist Lori Edelson talked with Dr. Deanna Lites of WWJ News Radio 950 about postpartum depression in fathers. She explained that men typically will see onset at about 3 to 6 months after the birth of the baby, and that it’s more common in first time fathers. Symptoms can include anxiety, loss of interest […]
From Lindsay Holmes of The Huffington Post: If you needed any proof that therapy can change lives, here it is. Humans of New York shared an anonymous story on Monday of a man who served in Afghanistan and has since been diagnosed with PTSD as part of a recently-launched series focusing on veterans who have […]
On Thursday August 25, 2016 Birmingham Maple Clinic participated in Kadima’s Movie Night at Beverly Park. Kadima, provider of comprehensive residential, therapeutic and social services to people with mental health needs, hosted a family-friendly evening featuring Disney Pixar’s 2015 film “Inside Out.” “Inside Out” is the story of an adolescent girl trying to cope with […]
BMC therapist Lori Edelson talked with WWJ-AM News Radio’s Dr. Deanna Lites about the “dos and don’ts” for parents when handling criticism their child received from a coach. Edelson offered tips on how much parental involvement is needed, and provided ways in which parents can more fully engage in a conversation with their child. Click […]
BMC therapist Lori Edelson talked with WWJ-AM News Radio’s Sandra McNeill about kids experiencing summer boredom and what parents can do about it. Most surprising? Edelson suggests that maybe the summer boredom blues aren’t such a bad thing, after all. Click here to listen to the full segment.
Carrie Krawiec, LMFT of Birmingham Maple Clinic appeared on WXYZ Channel 7 on Saturday July 23, 2016 to discuss Toxic Stress with Syma Chowdhry. Carrie first explained how toxic stress differs from the kinds of stress we experience every day. Toxic stress occurs when a child experiences prolonged chaotic environments—such as physical or emotional abuse, chronic neglect, caregiver substance […]
Therapist Carrie Krawiec talked with Dr. Deanna Lites of WWJ-AM News Radio 950 about the impact colors can have on our perception of others. Listen to the full segment here.
Therapist Carrie Krawiec talked with Dr. Deanna Lites of WWJ-AM News Radio 950 about ways couples can navigate their political differences. Listen to the full segment here.
On Friday July 15, 2016 Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, Linda Diaz, conducted an in-service for clinicians on Mindfulness Mediation. Linda explained the benefits of mindfulness mediation practice. An important benefit highlighted was the increased awareness and decreased stimulation such that people can make choice about how they want to respond and thus react versus respond. This improves […]
In a single week Pokemon Go has reached more than 7.5 million users. It has sparked controversy because its use led to countless injuries and inspired criminals to set traps for unsuspecting teens. Parents should consider ramping up supervision and monitoring to make sure their teens can enjoy the game safely and responsibly. Some ideas for parents: Rules […]
From Autumn Yates at highya.com: We’d been searching for ten minutes when the screen showed a rustle in the grass to our right. My guide became instantly excited—would it be a Charmander? A Jigglypuff? We were about to find out. Then, just as we were about to close in on the spot, the Pokémon disappeared. […]
From Danielle Braff of the Chicago Tribune: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby and the end of the fairy tale. Relationships suffer for about two out of three couples within the first three years of having a child, according to research by the Seattle-based Gottman Institute. Most couples regularly respond to […]
BMC therapists Dan O’Neil and Lori Edelson appeared on the Bottom Line with host Cindy Kainz to discuss self-esteem and ways to nurture it and set healthy boundaries. Click to see the full video.