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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,…

Treatment Guidelines for Transgender Individuals

Historically, the mental health and medical communities have not always had the best understanding of transgender and gender diverse health care and mental health needs – nor the best intentions in caring for those who are not cis-gender.  Thankfully, research,…

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…

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…

Strengths Along the Spectrum

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has disorder in the very name.  Otherwise known as a developmental disability, or a social/emotional handicap, many times the communication about ASD includes conversations about deficits, inabilities, and weaknesses.  Yet along with difficulties, individuals on the…

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…

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…

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