Barbara McMahon MS LMHC - Counseling for Adults, Families and Children
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An avoidable tragedy
Bullying is Everyone's Issue
Communication is an aspect of Love
Unconditional Positive Regard in Parenting
A Little Girl and a Giraffe

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An avoidable tragedy

When I read listened to Toni Morrison's audio version of The Bluest Eye, I was blown away by her astute understanding of how psychological assassination - the death of the precious self- can take place....As Kierkegaard pointed out: Every other kind of loss is sure to be noticed...while this one passes off 'as if it were nothing at all'.  

Toni Morrison ~

There can't be anyone I'm sure who doesn't know what it feels like to be disliked, even rejected, momentarily or for sustained periods of time.

Bullying is Everyone's Issue


     Last summer I had the opportunity to read best-selling author Jodi Piccoult’s bookNineteen Minutes.The book is several years old but the message is timely and profound.

     Nineteen Minutes is the story of a school shooting. The perpetrator is Peter, described as a slender teen with soft white skin and long eye-lashes. Interwoven with the accounts of the horrific event in which 10 High School students die, is the story of Peter’s childhood, his sensitive and sweet nature, and his life-long relationship with Josie, another main character.

Communication is an aspect of Love

Communication skills

Coming soon, a handy print-out to assist you in those times when it seems communication might be futile...or frightening. Stay tuned!

Unconditional Positive Regard in Parenting

Carl Rogers was an influential psychologist who was among the founders of  the humanistic, client-centered approach to psychotherapy. The basis of his approach included what he called having unconditional positive regard for the person/clients he treated. His theory was based on the belief that a human being is organically wired towards self actualization, in spite of the fact that this process is sometimes sabotaged by acquired false conceptions and a consequent lack of belief in one's own worthiness.

A Little Girl and a Giraffe

As a school counselor, I have come to know when a particular Guidance lesson hits home. When little hearts - or I should say, the hearts of little people - resonate with what they are hearing, the room becomes so quiet you can hear a pin drop.
 
Such was the case the other day when I talked to a group of sixth graders about fears, anxieties and the feeling of overwhelm. I am not sure they have words themselves for these states but the silence in the room assured me that they are more than familiar with them.
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