Entries by Leslie Hansen

Holiday Blues

Do you know that holiday blues are not abnormal? The financial concerns, the RSVPs to parties and gatherings, the decisions about who will host the family functions, the possibility of entertaining guests is enough to make anyone want to scream. All the while, we are supposed to be celebrating the season by singing “be merry […]

Validating Your Child

In their legendary book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (1999), parenting experts Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish humbly yet humorously admit, “I was a wonderful parent before I had children. I was an expert on why everyone else was having problems with theirs. Then I had three […]

Healthy Sleep for Teens

Most teenagers who I ask about their “bedtimes” tell me that they go to bed at 11pm or later. Since they get up for school at 5 or 6am, they are only getting about 6-7 hours of sleep each night. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of high school […]

Suicide Prevention Month

Among many other national observances, September marks National Blueberry Popsicle Month, National Library Card Sign Up Month, Save Your Photos Month, and National Sewing Month.  Perhaps more importantly, September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  We want to take this time to highlight some risk factors to consider and some warning signs to keep in mind. […]

The Significance of Safe Spaces

A therapeutic relationship with a counselor helps you navigate through difficult situations, instill hope in the darkest moments, and empower you to move forward into a new reality.              Have you ever had someone ask, “What’s there to be afraid of?”  You may wonder if that person is living in a […]

Thinking Like a Child

How did you communicate 10 years ago? How about when you were 4, 8 or 12 years old? For many of us, that would be a formidable journey down what may be a rocky memory lane.  In this article, Leslie Marshall shares information about the value of therapeutic place in a recent edition of The Table, A […]

Adult ADHD – what others see and what’s actually taking place

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is one of the most prevalent and misunderstood conditions in the world, according to Sarah D. Wright, ADHD Awareness Month Coalition Chair. Directions Counseling Group has joined this education movement to create greater awareness and understanding about attention deficit disorder by preparing a short video entitled “Adult ADHD – what […]

Reducing Relapse After Rehab

Relapse Prevention after Rehab:  Two Key Reflections for Young Adults and Their Families Young adults considering 28 day rehab programs have a lot on their plate to consider, as do parents, supporting family members and friends. In addition to the emotional heartache, the financial expense, disruption to work-life and family dynamics, there is the looming […]

Substance Abuse Counselor Weighs In On Michael Phelps DUI

After Michael Phelps recent DUI arrest local law firm, Koffel Law, contacted our substance abuse professional, Brian Davis, to comment on a related New York Times Op/Ed  piece. Here is Brian’s response/post reflecting on the notion that Phelps’ path to shedding substance problems may have a lot more to do with his personal development than […]