The Dangers of Survival Mode (pt 1)

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the brain when safety is threatened? It’s important for people (kids and adults alike) to have a basic understanding of brain anatomy and function. I typically explain it to children using Dan Siegel’s hand model of the brain. It’s pretty simple, so long as you can make [...]

5 Tips for Taking the Stress out of Co-Parenting Communication

Getting on the same page with your ex when it comes to parenting can be tricky. When your relationship has historically been contentious, it may seem impossible to even find the same page. Regardless of your feelings toward each other, I bet you can agree that what’s best for your child is what’s most important [...]

4 Ways to Create an Open Dialogue with Your Teen

How often do you wonder what is going through your teen's mind? How many times have you thought If I could just know what she's thinking, I could fix this situation? Are you tired of saying the same thing over and again, only to be dismissed? Chances are, your teen may be thinking and feeling [...]

Trauma informed care: an end to revolving door syndrome in mental health?

An insightful post from child and adolescent psychiatrist, highlighting the myriad reasons why promoting recovery from trauma requires a systemic approach.

Vajra Blue

Sanctuary

“I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.”
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

In my day-to-day working life I see many young people. Many of them have been given various mental illness diagnoses. While many of these are correct according to our “diagnostic” manuals, they add little to helping a young person find workable solutions to their dilemma.

As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I feel that my remit should…

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Getting to the Best of You

"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self." ~Aldous Huxley To own and operate my own practice, to provide therapy to those in need for the pure sake of growth and transformation has been a dream of mine since adolescence. I have worked for years, [...]

Finding Courage through Fear and Vulnerability

Many ancient cultures believed that to know a thing’s true name was to wield great power over that thing. For example, in Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid, siblings Sadie and Carter must learn the secret name of the ominous Set, in order to defeat the tyrant and save the world from destruction. While the book [...]