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What’s it like working with the best lie detectors in the world?

Alek Koundakjian is a new Therapist Trainee at our sister organization Child & Teen Counseling in Woodland Hills. He’s been seeing clients since February and we wanted to check in with him and see how it was going. What's the work environment like at CTC, and can you get anything by those "rebellious" kids? Veteran [...]

Group Therapy for Teenage Girls: Checking in on Girls Who Glow

Checking In with Girls Who Glow Girls Who Glow is Child & Teen Counseling's therapy group for teenage girls which launched in March 2021. So how’s it going one month in? In this Therapycast, Child & Teen Counseling Marketing Coordinator Brian Frith-Smith checks in with Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee Adriana Navarro Gonzalez. She, along [...]

The Magic Toolbox with Deborah Carlon Episode 1: The “STOP” Skill

Let the magic begin! Have you ever wondered how you could handle yourself more confidently in stressful situations? Or maybe your anxiety and impulsivity is keeping you from achieving your goals, or interfering with relationships? Sometimes we create unrealistic definitions of “happiness.” In our frustration to achieve our goals we end up becoming more depressed. [...]

Helping Your Teenager Cope With Anger

Being the parent of a teenager can be just about as scary as having to go to the dentist for a root canal… EVERY DAY! Adolescence is a time when teens push boundaries, raise voices and often blame and shut out parents. In fact, your teenager may seem to live in a perpetual state of [...]

Talking To Our Kids About Racism

Considering the current political and social conversations that many of us are having, we can’t ignore the state of our country and I hope these few short words help.   It’s important to begin educating and taking time to talk to our children from a very young age about differences in skin color. According to […]

Bubbling Frustration

  What happens to unresolved frustration? Feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or anxious is unavoidable, whether age, gender, or circumstance. There are plenty of ways to experience irritation, like being cut off in traffic or waiting on hold for more than an hour on a call with customer service. In a lot of those situations, we are […]

Is My Toddler Trans?

Your little boy has always enjoyed dressing up as Elsa, but now he wants to wear dresses to preschool and you’re not sure what to do. Your little girl has always been a tomboy but is now telling you they are a boy. You want to let your child be who they are, but you […]

The 411 on Your Teen & Marijuana

If you want to talk to your son or daughter about marijuana, pot, weed, whatever you feel comfortable calling it, I think it is important for you to know basic facts about the drug. The D.E.A., Drug Enforcement Administration, classifies drugs based upon abuse rate. There are five classifications, with I representing the most potential […]

What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting: Raising Blended Families

Blended families are quickly becoming the new norm. While this is a fun and exciting chapter in your life, it is a completely new experience for you, your spouse, and the children you share. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to prepare for such a big transition, since new feelings can emerge after the transition occurs. […]