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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

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

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

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


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

“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 … Read more

Psychological and Medical Health Intertwined

According to the May 2012 edition of Hospital & Health Network, “1 in 4 Americans experiences a mental illness or substance abuse disorder each year” 1 and during their lifetimes, half of all Americans will experience some sort of mental illness, and over one- quarter of Americans will suffer from substance abuse. These statistics are … Read more

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 … Read more

Make the holidays a happy time of year

The holidays have arrived, filled with gifts, hugs, laughter and sharing. Not to mention a possible dose of anxiety and depression. Therapist Lori Edelson, owner of the Birmingham Maple Clinic, said it’s quite easy to catch a case of the holiday blues during this time of year. “Seasonal depression affects millions of Americans each year,” … Read more