Attachment Article Published in TPI Newsletter

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2014 issue ofViewpoint, the newsletter of The Psychotherapy Institute,” www.tpi-berkeley.org. Exploring Effective Parenting of Teens: An Attachment Perspective By Cindy Rasicot, MFT  Adolescence is a challenging time for parents and teens. Parents often come to therapy distressed about how out of control they feel with their son or daughter. They talk about overreacting and wishing...

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Story Unfolds of Son’s Pre-Natal Exposure to Methamphetamine

I had the pleasure of interviewing Erica, an adoptive mom whose son had pre-natal exposure to methamphetamine. There is a lot of information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, but less is known about the birth effects of exposure to methamphetamines. Read about Erica’s family’s courageous journey to help her son cope with his learning and behavioral challenges in this interview. How did you make the decision to adopt? Mine is a story of...

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The Teenage Brain

In this article in the New York Times Sunday Review section, Richard A. Friedman makes the case for why, largely due to brain development on average experience more anxiety and fear and have a harder time learning how not to be afraid than either children and adults.”  Friedman talks about the development of the teenage brain. He asserts that the teen’s emotional volatility is not “just hormones.” During adolescence, ages 12-24,...

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Dr. Dan Siegel’s new book, Brainstorm:The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

I recently heard Dr. Dan Siegel speak about his popular new book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. He defends the notion that what’s inside teens’ heads are normal, scientifically-proven developments not just “raging hormones.” He wants to transform our notion that adolescence is not just a time to survive, but a time to thrive. Here’s how he defines the “essence” of adolescence. The...

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