Category Archives: Cutting

BULLYING: more help for parents

BULLYING Years ago, I got pulled into a new friend group of dudes. It was the best! I was sort of new to town and was lonely. I loved being included. My awful feelings drifted away. I was also pretty new to Facebook, and one day I saw pictures of all the dudes with their…

And you thought I was just obnoxious

A few years ago I worked with a 9th grade boy who, quite frankly, pushed my buttons. He was rude and offensive, and I really didn’t know if I could help him. Unfortunately, I think my feelings showed through, and it wasn’t long before he refused to see me. His parents then sent him to…

I can’t stand my sister and she hates me-River City Counseling

Not long ago, I got a call from the parents of two adolescent girls.  They were concerned because their younger daughter’s grades had slipped significantly and her friends and behavior had changed drastically.  They’d suspected that she’d begun using drugs, and after careful consideration made the choice to drug test her.  When she tested positive…

Mom, help!!! My cap and gown don’t fit

Teens do great stuff to help themselves and the world: volunteer work, student government, sports, etc.  It’s fabulous, but I get anxious hearing about it and wondering how they have time to breathe and actually think and have a quiet moment.  This article gives a fabulous look at all that teens do and the negative…

Thank god we can finally donate Sorry-River City Counseling

I published this a few months ago.  In light of the recent suicide at a local high school, I think it’s worth a reread for parents. A few years ago I worked with a 9th grade boy who, quite frankly, pushed my buttons. He was rude and offensive, and I really didn’t know if I…

Teen suicide, help for parents to understand-River City Counseling

As some of you know, a student at a local high school committed suicide last night.  After parents get over the initial shock, a common response is to worry about their own child and wonder if they are at risk.  The following article is from WebMd, in February, 2012, and I think it does a…

You got that from trimming the roses?-River City Counseling

First, I want to thank all of you for reading my blog posts regularly and for sharing them with people you know.  I hope you’re finding them helpful. My experience is that cutting comes and goes in popularity with our kids.  I’m starting to hear that it’s on the upswing.  With this in-mind, I’m sharing…

What’s your child’s secret?-River City Counseling

Think about it, we adults all have secrets.  Maybe we were abused as kids or our parents were alcoholics.  Maybe we like to dabble in illegal drugs or binge-eat.  Or maybe it’s smaller stuff like we sometimes have thoughts that seem random and crazy (even though we’re sure we’re sane!)  Regardless of how open we…

John, is that a cut on your wrist?-River City Counseling

Although cutting is a concern on an ongoing basis, there are times when it seems more prevalent among teens.  Since I’ve been hearing that it’s on the upswing,  I’d like to share an article I wrote that should give parents some education and direction when it comes to helping their teens cope with cutting.  It…