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How A Human Trafficker Employs Tactics on Their Target – BMC on Michigan Mom Living

Daniel P. O’Neil, MA, LLP at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently featured on Michigan Mom Living to discuss the nefarious tactics of human traffickers and how they trap targets.  He explains the systems that human traffickers use to lure vulnerable teens, signs of human trafficker influence, as well as treatment methods for such complex […]

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How to Handle Parents Who Behave Poorly at Kids’ Sporting Events – BMC on Michigan Mom Living

Daniel P. O’Neil, MA, LLP at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently featured on Michigan Mom Living to explain tactics for dealing with bad behavior from kids sporting events…not from the kids, but from the parents. Daniel describes the increase in competitiveness and elite, “winning is everything” attitudes that are taking over kids’ recreational sports, […]

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Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental health diagnosis for people that experience an ongoing pattern of intensely varying moods

Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental health diagnosis for people that experience an ongoing pattern of intensely varying moods, self-image, and behavior. The extreme nature of these symptoms often result in impulsive or dangerous actions and problems in relationships. People diagnosed with borderline personality disorder may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that […]

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Beating Holiday Depression – BMC on Deseret News

While the holidays signal a time of happiness, cheer, and comeraderie for many, for others it can be a less-than-celebratory experience; there are those mourning the loss of a close loved one, broken relationships, or any other number of personal issues that can get forgotten in the spirit of the holidays. Carrie Krawiec from Birmingham […]

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Keep your child learning during summer – BMC on 2wired2tired

Carrie Krawiec, licensed LMFT at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently tapped by blog 2wired2tired for advice on how to keep children stimulated and learning in the summer.  Read the article she wrote below! While the absence of chaotic mornings and hectic school schedules can be a relief for both parents and kids, research shows […]

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Tips to Maintain Intimacy in Marriage

1. Do things together (even if they aren’t your favorite things) Spending time together is what memories and sharing are made of. Just because you have different interests, you do not have to always separate to “do your own thing.” It is important to be sensitive to your partner’s interests and hobbies and to spend […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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 […]

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Kate Smith Volunteers at City Year Detroit

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 […]

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Parents are as Responsible as their Violent Children

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 […]

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Love is a Verb

“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 […]

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COPING WITH ELECTION LET-DOWN AND ELECTION RESULTS

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” […]

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Top Tips For College Students To Stay Safe On Campus

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 […]

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Elder Abuse Can Take Many Forms

While we are aware of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse, and other forms of abuse, we may not think enough about Elder Abuse.  This can take the form of physical and verbal abuse, and can also involve financial abuse by caregivers or relatives of the senior.  An article by Bonnie Kupperman, Executive Editor of […]

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BMC Therapist Regina Ruelle at the OCC Women Center: A Call To Wholeness

Regina’s workshop was titled “Combating Stress: For Yourself and Your Loved Ones.” She covered how to identify when stress is affecting you or your family members and may result in depression or an anxiety disorder. Daily wellness tips were discussed such as the importance of mindfulness practices, having a regular sleep routine, healthy eating, using […]

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Regina Ruelle, LLMFT

Individual, couple and family therapy with children, adolescents and adults. Areas of specialization include ADHD and behavioral issues, trauma, grief and loss, parental guidance, women’s issues, adjustment issues, relational power differences, pre-marital/marital therapy, depression and anxiety. Certified pre-marital/marital assessor through PREPARE/ENRICH and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Narrative, solution-focused and systemic therapeutic approach. “My mission is […]

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Birmingham Maple Clinic Talks Depression on the Bloomfield Township Bottom Line

Handling Depression from Bloomfield Township on Vimeo. BMC’s Carrie Krawiec was recently featured on the Bloomfield Township Bottom Line, a local television show that raises awareness for issues that the community faces as a whole. Carrie was asked to talk about depression, and how to recognize it within friends and family. Carrie and host Cindy […]

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BMC’s Carrie Krawiec to be Interviewed on “Ask Dr. Nandi” about Social Media Depression

We are very pleased and excited to announce that our very own Carrie Krawiec will be featured on the highly anticipated “Ask Dr. Nandi” Show on The Impact Network.  The episode will be focusing on the rise of social media depression and how to treat it. For more background information about social media depression, read […]

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BMC’s Carrie Krawiec Featured on AllParenting.com: How to Get Your Kids Up!

Carrie Krawiec, LMFT was just featured in an article on AllParenting.com, a very reputable online parenting resource from the publishers of SheKnows.  The article focuses on how to get stubborn kids up in the morning, and Carrie offers an great technique you can try.  An excerpt from the article is shown below: If your kids […]

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“Failure To Launch” Isn’t Just A Movie Title

Most of us can identify several developmental milestones that embody adulthood.  They include:     Graduating college     Living independently from parents     Financial independence     Significant relationship with an adult partner     Making decisions about having a family Typically this occurs in a person’s mid-to-late 20’s, but in the last several years, we have seen […]

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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 […]

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Need to Know: Trauma and PTSD

The word trauma is derived from the Greek word meaning “wound” or “damage”.  It generally refers to an injury to the body, an emotional or psychological injury or to an event that causes great distress. A person can be the direct/primary victim of a trauma (being assaulted, being in a disaster) or the indirect/secondary victim […]

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Sleep Certification Article

The need for sleep is often discounted as we find ourselves juggling with overwhelming demands. As a culture we minimize the importance of sleep, while at the same time, the mental and physical side effects of poor sleep are widely published. Poor sleep is a symptom of both depression and anxiety and at the same […]

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Carrie Krawiec speaks at 2012 Annual Conference

October 5, 2012, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, Carrie Krawiec was featured as a presenter at the 2012 Annual Conference for the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT). The theme for this year’s conference was “Working With and For Couples.” Along with speakers on topics affecting couples such as infidelity and sexual dysfunction, Carrie […]

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Out of Control Teen

Out of Control Teen? What you can do! By Carrie Krawiec Published July 1, 2011 at www.cosozo.com Parents often remark how quickly their children grow up. They think back to their once lovely, energetic, helpful little charge and remember with fondness all the reasons that they thought this special being was wonderful and tender. Parents […]

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Healing our Connective Tissue

Healing our “Connective Tissue” Yogi gurus have long known the healing power of turning into oneself and deeply stretching one’s muscles and ligaments while at the same time stretching one’s mental capacity for focus and tuning out the static and noise of the world outside. The practice, which is thousands of years old, has far […]

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Anton Babushkin Featured in The Bridge

Why did you go into social work? I am very passionate about helping people – I strongly believe that when we can help our clients work through the internal difficulties and barriers to improved emotional health, that process can unleash radical and transformative potential. People who have been helped in this way often find stored […]

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Sexual Behaviors of Youth Victims of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Behaviors of Juvenile Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse

Birmingham Maple Clinic Therapist, Dan O’Neil, MA, LLP, Offers Training About “Sexual Behaviors of Youth Victims of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Behaviors of Juvenile Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse” Dan O’Neil, MALLP, provided training for approximately 85 mental health clinicians at the Easter Seals of Michigan Organization on June 22 and June 29, 2012.  The clinicians […]

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The University of Michigan Fragile X Assessment and Treatment Clinic

FRAGILE X ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT CLINIC OPENS AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN On Saturday, June 23rd, 2012, the University of Michigan Fragile X Assessment and Treatment Clinic celebrated it’s opening.  Families of Fragile X patients and Fragile X  Friendly Professionals were invited to attend. The University of Michigan clinic is part of the National Fragile X […]

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TMS: A Practitioner’s Perspective

As a chiropractor for over 20 years, I have treated many people with recurring back and neck pain, sciatica, migraine headaches and other physical pain.  X-ray and MRI results have indicated problems in their spines, including subluxation, disc degeneration, spurs, and other abnormalities, which were usually pointed to as the physical causes of the pain.  […]

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