Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Strategies That Help Kids With ADHD

According to the latest statistics (from 2016) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that 9.4% of children have received a diagnosis of ADHD.  The acronym, which stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, includes three sub-types: the…

How To Help Kids Deal With Bullying

Bullying continues to be a major factor in schools and child environments.  While policy makers, schools, and parents have increased efforts to prevent bullying and respond quickly, the increase in technology and the ever present power dynamics and hierarchies that…

When Should Parents Get Involved With School?

0Being a parent is a constant tight rope balance between support and enabling.  The goal is to eventually launch children into the world as productive and independent as they possibly can be – with all of the help and scaffolding…

Gender Differences Within Autism

Any conversation about autism and the prevalence rates is incomplete without also mentioning the gender differences that occur across the spectrum.  An understanding of the gender differences helps capture the traits and symptoms present in ASD in a more nuanced…

What Happens When A Child Hears ‘No’

Nothing changes a happy parenting scene as quickly as a child in the throes of a meltdown.  Often the trigger for that public display of emotion?  When the child hears “no” or is prevented access from something they want.  Yet…

Parenting In The Era of Screen Time

You may have heard some of the alarming news related to research that links screen time and media usage with anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.  This analysis was done as a part of a larger, longitudinal study that…

How To React When Someone Comes Out

Coming out – the process of revealing your sexual or gender identity to others around you – can be terrifying.  Yet in an effort to live authentically, congruently, and freely, it is necessary to divulge certain very personal pieces of…

Talking To Teenagers

Parents often feel that they’ve entered a new planet, or at least a foreign country, when their sweet innocent children become teenagers. Adolescence is a developmental period where identity, responsibility, maturity, and hormones can bring about changes, heightened emotions, and…

Welcome Jessy Coleman, LPC-Intern!

It is with great pleasure that Upside Therapy and Evaluation Center welcomes our new therapist, Jessica “Jessy” Coleman, LPC-Intern.  Jessy is supervised by Nichole Lecznar, MS, LPC-S.  Jessy received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Oklahoma State University,…

How To Make, And Keep, New Years Resolutions

Research has shown that while over half of Americans make New Years resolutions at the start of a new year, only 8% of Americans keep or fulfill their goal. Problems identified in why they can’t keep their goals include goals…

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