November 18, 2019

There is no one specific reason, rather it is a combination of factors, and understandably it will differ from person to person. While self-harming is often associated with a diagnosis of anxiety and/or depression, it is not always the case. Studies have shown that th...

July 17, 2019

We can talk about our childhood experiences until we are blue in the face, the past has been. What’s more important is what we do about it now. My top 5 tips for responding now, as an adult: 1. Acknowledge it: The most important thing we can do is acknowledge what’s...

February 19, 2019

Have you ever tried to think rationally while an alarm is ringing in your ears, when all you want to do is shut it off as quickly as possible?! That’s what the body feels like when it is suddenly flooded with anxiety. As much as you may want to know what set off the a...

December 17, 2018

This desire for more independence brings about a lot of questions such as how much freedom to give, when to say no, how much is too much and what about keeping them safe. After a very intensive year of working with teens and their families, I have tried to answer the...

October 8, 2018

One of the most noticeable issues that children and families appear to be dealing with is the frantic pace at which life seems to be going at these days and there appears very little respite in the competing demands of our times. But at what cost?

August 22, 2018

We know that anxiety can be difficult for the teenager to manage alone –it often overflows and affects those closest to them, so don’t be surprised if this exam period leaves you, the parent, feeling more stressed out and tense than your teenager! My top 5 tips for ma...

July 3, 2018

It’s important to remember that bullies are not ‘born’ and it is not a case of ‘once a bully, always a bully’. Children are still trying to figure things out and making mistakes along the way and it is our role as adults and caregivers to help them learn new ways.

May 25, 2018

Many of these themes continue into the new season –while some handled more successfully than the first season, others less so. They continued to analyze each character’s involvement in Hannah’s suicide and addresses relevant topics such as informed consent, ‘slut’ sha...

May 18, 2018

Conversations around suicide need to be had! Sadly in Cape Town we have experienced far too many in the recent few months and your child will have heard about this and possibly even known the person directly or someone who knew them. The focus should not be on the de...

April 26, 2018

In my work it’s a privilege to have a glimpse of the adolescent’s world, because they can become quite reluctant to share with the adults around them. At the same time parents are often feeling quite unprepared for how to navigate this new chapter – when to say no, wh...

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