Blog Archive : December 2013

Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 18, 2013
I have been seeing an increasing number of school refusal cases in my clinical practice. I have yet to read any studies which provide empirically based findings as to why this challenging set of behaviors is on the rise but I do have a few (unsubstantiated) theories: Children and adolescents have access to too many enjoyable activities when they stay home. When I was a child, if I were ...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 18, 2013
I have a confession to make. I have not been to the gym in many years. As a busy mom of three young children and a clinical psychologist, I have justified my lack of formal workouts by telling myself that I rarely have a moment to sit or eat, so my on-the-go lifestyle is practically like working out. But lately, that weakly-crafted justification was beginning to lose its ability to comfor...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Dec 9, 2013
Clients of state that they have "tried relaxation training" such as deep breathing and it has not worked.I find the timing of when I introduce relaxation training to be critical. When clients first come in and are at a "I can't function until I eradicate anxiety from my life" stage, I often use a lot more education, mindfulness, acceptance, exposure, etc. &nb...