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The Power of Intention – 1 Day Workshop

Birmingham Maple Clinic psychotherapist, Kate Smith, MA, LLP, will be re-featuring an workshop in conjunction with Karma Yoga. The intimate one-day workshop, titled “The Power of Your Intention” is devoted to guide and inspire participants to open themselves to gain access to intention using guided imagery, hypnosis, discussion, and experiential exercises. Kate is a licensed … Read more

The Power of Intention – Workshop with Karma Yoga

Birmingham Maple Clinic psychotherapist, Kate Smith, MA, LLP, will be featured in an upcoming three-part workshop in conjunction with Karma Yoga. The intimate workshop, titled “The Power of Your Intention” is devoted to guide and inspire participants to open themselves to gain access to intention using discussion, guided imagery, hypnosis, and experiential exercises. Kate is … Read more

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

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

The Roots of Insecurity and Jealousy in Relationships

Insecurity and jealousy in relationships are all too common issues that affect modern relationship health.  Where do these feelings stem from?  Carrie Krawiec from the BMC was recently interviewed by Up Journey to discuss some of the deep psychological root causes that may directly or indirectly lead to insecurity and jealousy issues.  Here is an … Read more

What Is Self Respect and Why Is It Important?

  Self-respect is an element in people’s lives that is being increasingly neglected as everyday responsibilities and stresses add up.  Carrie Krawiec, LMFT from the Birmingham Maple Clinic was recently contacted by Up Journey to discuss what self-respect really means, and how to distinguish it from simple self-improvement.  The article also offers other helpful perspectives … Read more

Mental Health Concerns for Seniors; Individual, Couple, and Family Issues.

On Thursday, Lori Edelson, LMSW, LMFT, taught a single-session course for SOAR (Society of Active Retirees) about “Mental Health Concerns for  Seniors; Individual, Couple, and Family Issues.” Lori cited US Census Bureau information indicating that in 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65.  One in every five US residents will be a senior … Read more

Sex Addiction Workshop at the BMC

Dan O’Neil of Birmingham Maple Clinic provided a workshop for BMC staff on sex addiction. The workshop covered the different models of addiction while also exploring the neuro-biological stages of addiction. Approximately 3-6% of Americans suffer from sex addiction. Mr. O’Neil also discussed the importance of “the 3 circles” and provided staff with a better … 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

Stress is Contagious – BMC on WXYZ

Ronnie Hormel, therapist at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, recently visited WXYZ to discuss research indicating that stress can spread from person to person. Studies have found that cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, measurably rises when in contact with a stressed person. Ronnie then goes on to offer some tips on how to recognize stress, keeping … Read more

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission visits the BMC for inservice

Lolita Davis of the EEOC(Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) provided a workshop for BMC staff about the laws, regulations and client-centered guidance related to employment conditions. Ms. Davis described the importance of understanding the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) so that therapists at the clinic can help their patients who are having difficulty managing at work … Read more

mSpy Interviews Carrie Krawiec from the BMC

Carrie Krawiec, LMFT at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently featured in an interview on mSpy.com. In it, they discuss major issues affecting children today, such as video game addiction, cyberbullying, and social media, as well as some tips on recognizing harmful habits and behaviors as kids spend more and more time online. Here is … Read more

How to emotionally prepare your child for college life – BMC on WXYZ

College is a major transition time for your kids – it’s the first time they’re leaving “the nest”, and are suddenly strapped with new responsibilities like managing finances and rigorous courses, and many college students report that they weren’t emotionally prepared for college. Lori Edelson, LMSW, ACSW, BCD, LMFT, and owner of the Birmingham Maple … Read more

Preparing a child for kindergarten and success throughout school – BMC on The Oakland Press

Lori Edelson, LMSW, ACSW, BCD, LMFT, and owner of the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently featured on The Oakland Press to discuss tips for preparing your child for kindergarden, and how doing so can prepare them with useful skills that will help them throughout their school career. She notes that good habits like exposure to … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … 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

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more


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” … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more