Gratitude

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…

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,…

Parenting A Child With A Disability

Parenting is hard, bringing risks and rewards, struggles and highlights.  This is no different for a parent who has a child with a disability.  Yet parents of special needs children also experience increased isolation and loneliness, additional roles of warrior…

Coping With The Holidays

In this time of year, much is made of the excitement for the holidays.  However, there are many reasons why the holiday season may be difficult, and we are here to offer extra support if you need. Holidays are often…

Dr. Oppenheimer’s Favorite Reads in 2018

Our founder, and one of our psychologists, Dr. Rachel Oppenheimer, loves to read.  She wanted to share some of her favorite reads from the past year: Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by…

How to Cultivate Gratitude in Your Family

Increasing research supports the benefits of gratitude and a healthy practice of focusing attention on appreciations and gratefulness.  While this sounds great in theory, it can be hard to introduce this habit into the daily routine of family life.  Our…

Belonging: The Barriers, and the Benefits

To know that we are not alone, that we are indeed a part of something larger, is a psychological need that occurs as early as childhood.  Studies have shown that to be a part of a group or to have…

Tried and True Tips For Parenting Differently Abled Children

In this age of the internet, many parents crowd source their parenting decisions, even before a child is born.  Parents scan the internet reading reviews of strollers and car seats, and read blogs about specifics like weaning and introducing solid…

Gratitude: The Natural Cure

Ancient philosophies, like, yoga and meditation, have long understood the power of gratitude, and more recently, scientific researchers are catching on. Several studies have shown the amazing effects of being thankful for what we have. The benefits of appreciation are…

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