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Addressing Drug and Alcohol Use with a Teenager

June 15th, 2013 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Children - (Comments Off on Addressing Drug and Alcohol Use with a Teenager)

Two parents have asked similar questions about teenage drug and alcohol use, and I’ll address them both in this Q&A   1. My 15 year old son just started in high school this year.  He has always been a good student, but this year his grades have dropped and he is hanging around with friends …
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What “Should” Moms do on Mother’s Day?

June 15th, 2013 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Happiness - (Comments Off on What “Should” Moms do on Mother’s Day?)

Sleep in Have breakfast in bed Go back to sleep Wake up around noon, to the sounds of laundry being done and dinner being made Hang out Have leftovers for lunch Take a nap Wake up and go for a nice long walk Read Read some more while you wait for dinner Eat dinner Watch …
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Internet-Induced Trauma after Boston Marathon Shootings

June 15th, 2013 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Internet-Induced Trauma after Boston Marathon Shootings)

 Hello Dr. Nagpal, Last week, after the Boston Marathon bombings, I became complete engrossed with the “who done it” aspect of the story. I followed along on Reddit.com’s “FindBostonBombers” forum, where users posted picture after picture of the scene, looking for people who came with backpacks and left without. Many pictures were post explosion, and …
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Home for the Holidays … and Beyond

January 5th, 2013 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Children | Emotions | Happiness | Stress - (Comments Off on Home for the Holidays … and Beyond)

It’s been nice having our 18-year old back home for the holidays. I am also acutely aware that the pain of parting is in my near future. Christmas is traditionally the time in the United States when many young adults travel home for the holidays — whether it be from college or from the place …
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Is There a Santa Claus?

January 5th, 2013 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Children | Happiness | Stress - (Comments Off on Is There a Santa Claus?)

        “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” goes the famous line in the Sun editorial of 1897, written by Francis P. Church, who goes on to give an answer that is brilliant in its simplicity. And all in a days work, the story goes.        Now I wish that I could say I received …
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How to Help after a School Shooting

January 5th, 2013 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Children | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on How to Help after a School Shooting)

December 14, 2012 There are no words to quite describe the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut today. A tragedy that brought the president of the United States to tears, and to state, “our hearts are broken today.” In the aftermath of the shooting we must handle our own reactions, …
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The pursuit of happiness

March 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Happiness - (Comments Off on The pursuit of happiness)

There is a lot of hype about happiness out there. From books proposing how to find true happiness like The Happiness Hypothesis and The Happiness Project, to one simply called Happiness. Any moment now I am expecting to find one called “One Minute Happiness”  written just to satisfy the consumer who wants happiness and wants it …
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Meditation and mental health

February 18th, 2012 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Meditation - (Comments Off on Meditation and mental health)

Meditation. Many ideas and opinions exist about this ancient, mind altering, self-healing practice. It is often dismissed as that  “new age stuff,” or “that mystical stuff from the East (that you read about in Eat Pray Love).” In common parlance it may also be known as “hocus pocus.” This was the attitude of one our …
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What is ‘therapy’?

February 18th, 2012 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Counseling | Therapy - (Comments Off on What is ‘therapy’?)

As I sit in a hospital room with my dad, having traveled several thousand miles to get here so that I can be here with him through his surgical journey, I find myself having a lot of time to think. Strangely, one of the things I find myself thinking about is therapy. I thought I …
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The elephant and the rider

February 18th, 2012 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Emotions | Stress - (Comments Off on The elephant and the rider)

Most of us can relate to the idea that our brain has two independent systems – the emotional one and the rational one. If you have ever overslept, overworked, eaten too much, skipped your exercise (or not started your exercise program at all), become angry and said something you later regretted, become depressed because your …
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Getting to know the elephant

February 18th, 2012 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Emotions | Focusing - (Comments Off on Getting to know the elephant)

In the last post the Elephant was a metophor used to describe our emotional side, or our feelings, that can motivate yet so easily overwhelm us. Focusing is an elegant way to befriend the elephant – to learn about it, and moreover, to use it for our benefit. This post was contributed by Focusing instructor, …
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How to deal with the stress of school

February 18th, 2012 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Children | Education | Stress - (Comments Off on How to deal with the stress of school)

The film Race to Nowhere was screened at our very own Saline High School last night (October 13th). As a parent and as a psychologist who practices in Saline I felt this was a very significant event in the Saline Community. The film talks about the experiences of (primarily) school age children across the country …
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Student stress

February 18th, 2012 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Children | Stress - (Comments Off on Student stress)

Student stress is real and Saline Area School has been taking new initiatives to attend to it. A second community screening of Race to Nowhere was held in Saline on Thursday December 1st. What do a Saline High School Climate Assessment, a Saline High School leadership retreat, and the film Race to Nowhere have in …
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The gift of counseling

February 18th, 2012 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Counseling - (Comments Off on The gift of counseling)

If you have become aware of the need to seek outside help for yourself or a family member, you may be intimidated by the seemingly high cost of seeking personal counseling. In these times of economic stress, when all but our most immediate needs can be put on the back burner for lack of funds …
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How to help children following divorce

February 18th, 2012 | Posted by Brian Pearson in Children | Divorce - (Comments Off on How to help children following divorce)

Still Waters Counseling is committed to assisting families grow and transform themselves into more nurturing and functional units. We recognize that families have an especially difficult time during times of transition, such as a divorce. Children and adults are both affected at a significant level, and the issues of the adults can make the transition …
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