Sadness vs Depression

More often than not, clients come to me with a self-diagnosis of clinical depression. I ask, “what symptoms do you have that led to this diagnosis?” Unfortunately most of these clients start with, “well in the commercials …” Depression medication advertisements are making sad people think they are depressed. Sadness is different from depression. Boredom […]

Counseling Awareness Month

April is Counseling Awareness Month sponsored by The American Counseling Association. I’ve compiled a few common questions our practice, D’Amico and Associates in Counseling, and myself receive about being a counselor and counseling services. You’re a counselor, so you work in a school, right? There are several types of professional counselors. Some are specifically trained […]

Mixed Race Social Media

Social media has exploded with ways for mixed race people, especially mixed race women, to connect. Here are a few mixed race notables that I enjoy on social media, besides my own pages, of course! Twitter 1. #MixedGirlMonday A Monday trending topic that highlights and celebrates mixed women and girls. Post a selfie, post a […]

Fixing Temper Tantrums

“Ariel’s tantrums are embarrassing, I just feel out of control!” “Ryan screams so loud and holds his breath when he’s upset, it scares me!” Sound familiar? Temper tantrums are a typical part conversations amongst moms. Parents come to counselor’s seeking quick fixes for tantrums. While there may be other things happening in the home and […]

Children and Sexuality: Penis vs. Pee-Pee

This post is intended to help parents navigate their child’s sexual development with age appropriateness while promoting sex as a healthy age appropriate act that must contain boundaries. These boundaries are left up to the parents, such as condoning sex before marriage or not. Be calm and direct with your explanations and expectations. Your apprehensions […]

Children and Sexuality: No No Squares

This post is intended to help parents navigate their child’s sexual development with age appropriateness while promoting sex as a healthy age appropriate act that must contain boundaries. These boundaries are left up to the parents, such as condoning sex before marriage or not. Be calm and direct with your explanations and expectations. Your apprehensions […]

Children and Sexuality: Where do babies come from?

This post is intended to help parents navigate their child’s sexual development with age appropriateness while promoting sex as a healthy age appropriate act that must contain boundaries. These boundaries are left up to the parents, such as condoning sex before marriage or not. Be calm and direct with your explanations and expectations. Your apprehensions […]

Children and Sexuality: Self Stimulation, Young Children and Mental Health

How are babies made? Why does touching this feel good? Why doesn’t my sister have a pee-pee? These are just a few questions that children start to ask as their bodies develop with intriguing minds. Parents will run from these questions, dodging them with answers like, “I’ll tell you later”, “the stork brings babies”, or […]

You’re Powerful!

Power!┬áSomething we all want, yet don’t think we have. Those of us who have been victims or love playing the victim feel powerless. Children and teens will take on a powerless role as they fight for independence and control. Those involved with the court systems will feel powerless as judges and attorneys begin to make […]