Switch to Accessible Site
Interracial Couple

Families Blog

Child Behavioral Issues: Counseling Before Pills

Phoenix, AZ Child Therapist

By Dina | Apr 11, 2017 | Families, Parenting

All parents struggle with their children’s behavior from time to time, but some behavioral challenges are more difficult than others. Any change in a child’s life can cause episodes of “acting out,” but some developmental changes are indicative of a larger problem. It might be tempting for parents to talk with their doctor about medications, but we can often remedy these issues with counseling... READ MORE


Helping Your Family Communicate

Phoenix, AZ Family Counselor

By Dina | Mar 21, 2017 | Communication, Families, Parenting

Communication is One of the Most Important Parts of a Successful Marriage. Without it, it’s easy to misunderstand one another or even forget why you fell in love in the first place. The ability to communicate is just as important for the rest of your family... READ MORE


How Divorce Affects Your Kids

Phoenix, AZ Family Counselor

By Dina | Mar 14, 2017 | Divorce, Families, Parenting

Divorce is a Trying Time and Can Affect Every Member of Your Family. Some separations are particularly nasty and arguments can begin over every aspect of splitting up assets. Unfortunately, divorces with children can be even more challenging. Some parents may pit their kids against the other partner or lavish them with gifts to become the “favorite.”... READ MORE


How to Help Your Kids Trust You

Phoenix, AZ Child Therapist

By Dina | Feb 21, 2017 | Families, Parenting

Parenting is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs most of us will ever do. 
There are so many variables to consider when raising a child; it may feel as if you’re overlooking details or missing some of the basics. However, the key to successful parenting and creating a respectful parent-child relationship is to build a safe and trusting environment for your children... READ MORE


How to Make Home Feel Safer for Vets With PTSD

Phoenix, AZ PTSD Therapy

By Dina | Dec 27, 2016 | Couples, Families, PTSD

Coming home can be terrifying and difficult for veterans with PTSD. Families face a great challenge in helping their veteran adjust to normal life and mange this disorder. With anger and abuse commonly associated with PTSD sufferers, this reunion can be concerning for... READ MORE


Teen Angst or Warning Sign? How to Tell if Your Child Needs Counseling

Phoenix, AZ Teen Counselor

By Dina | Dec 13, 2016 | Families, Parenting, Teens

Acknowledging That Your Teenager Needs Help Can Be Tough. In many cases, we blame ourselves for any issues with our children, and that’s especially true in this case. However, seeking help can be very important. The teenage years are particularly tumultuous, and... READ MORE


Helping Vets With PTSD Maintain Relationships With Their Children

Phoenix, AZ PTSD Therapy

By Dina | Nov 15, 2016 | Couples, Families, Marriage, Parenting, PTSD

A veteran mom or dad who returns home with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) also returns home with new relationship challenges for his or her children. A child may feel as though the parent who departed for duty several months ago is not the same parent who recently arrived back home... READ MORE


Five Bits of Relationship Advice for New Moms and Dads

Phoenix, AZ Family Counselor

By Dina | Oct 25, 2016 | Couples, Families, Marriage

Before Your Bundle of Joy Arrived, You Spent Lots of Effort Baby-Proofing Your Home. It’s easy to prepare physically, but often we forget that other areas of our lives need attention, too. Becoming a parent is a wondrous feeling, but it takes a while to become accustomed to it. The changes can echo deep within your relationship, so you need to think carefully about how to proceed... READ MORE


Navigating Through Those Difficult Teen Years

Phoenix, AZ Teen Counselor

By Dina | Oct 11, 2016 | Blog, Families, Parenting, Teens

The teenage years are difficult for kids and parents. But how do you know if you’re dealing with normal teen difficulty or open rebellion? Does your teen need more attention from you, or do you need family counseling? We see plenty of families dealing with difficult... READ MORE


Sibling Rivalry Got You Down? Try These 4 Tips!

Phoenix, AZ Sibling Rivalry Counselor

By Dina | Sep 27, 2016 | Families, Parenting, Siblings, Teens

Siblings fight because they’re competing for their parents’ resources and attention. Siblings fighting once and a while is normal. However, constant squabbling isn’t—not to mention that it can drive you crazy. If your kids are always bickering about something, there... READ MORE


Managing Conflicts as Parents: How to Fight in Front of Your Child

By Dina | Aug 16, 2016 | Families, Parenting

Every couple will have their issues, no matter how happy they may be overall. Every relationship is going to have its fair share of arguments. As parents, you will end up having some disagreements in front of your children, and that can be alright... READ MORE


5 Rules for Helping Your Children Cope With Divorce

By Dina | Jul 28, 2016 | Families, Parenting

No matter how you put it, divorce is a difficult situation for families, especially those with children. Guiding them through the process and helping them heal can often be a challenge that most parents aren’t ready to face. Fortunately, there are a number of options for counseling for both parents and children of divorce, as well as family counselors and child development specialists... READ MORE


Family Counseling Can Uncover Teens’ Hidden Problems

By Dina | Jun 14, 2016 | Families, Parenting, Teens

Teenagers deal with countless problems every day. Unfortunately, parents often don’t notice these because they’re only aware of some behaviors that point to issues. Sadness, anger, and sudden rebellion are certainly signs of a big problem, but others exist, as well. Additionally, your teen may not be open about certain issues, such as the pressures of trying to get into a good college or the pressure to try drugs... READ MORE


Mom, Are You and Dad Getting Divorced? Talking to Kids About Marriage Changes

By Dina | Jun 7, 2016 | Families

“Are you getting divorced?” It’s one of the most wrenching questions a child or teen can ask, and sometimes the answer will be “Yes.” Divorce causes plenty of upheaval in families, especially for kids who feel like their parents are divorcing them, not each other... READ MORE


How to Solve These 3 Common Problems With Raising Teens

By Dina | May 5, 2016 | Families, Parenting

Most parents would likely agree that the teenage years are some of the most difficult when raising children. Teenagers are starting to discover who they are, and they approach the world more analytically and maturely. However, they lack the mental maturity of adults, and tempers can easily flare, especially as they begin to forge their own identity... READ MORE


3 Ways Your Whole Family Can Benefit From Marriage Counseling

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | Apr 13, 2016 | Couples, Families

Going through and coming out of difficult times together can bring a family closer than ever. While every marriage and family will have challenges, it’s important to remember that marriage counseling isn’t an attempt to fix something that’s broken—it’s a way to find out how you can help each other work as a team... READ MORE


5 Ways to Turn an Okay Marriage into A Great Marriage

Phoenix, AZ Marriage Counseling

By Dina | Feb 9, 2016 | Couples, Families

Every week I hear couples complain that they are unhappy in their marriage.  That there is something missing.  They have turned into roommates; they are in a rut, that there is something missing, mostly that it just isn’t the way it used to be and they want more from their relationship.  Although, there are often several factors that contribute to this the most common reason is that they have stopped trying.  Perhaps because we feel we have tried so many times and nothing ever changes or that you are tired of being the only one trying... READ MORE


Effective Communication Can Overcome Any Barrier

By Dina | Apr 23, 2014 | Families

Trust and respect have to be the foundations of any relationship between a parent and a child. It can often be hard to know how to keep that respect, however, and when trust issues present themselves, it can be hard for a family to move past these problems. Mending the hurt caused by disagreements can be difficult, but it’s crucial for staying happy as a family... READ MORE


What Does Healthy Family Life Look Like in 2014?

By Dina | Mar 19, 2014 | Families

There’s no way around it. Creating, caring for, and maintaining a healthy family life is a job. It takes effort, a clear set of goals and values, teamwork, and, sometimes, training hours. A little outside advice or friends and family outside of a marriage to vent to is commonplace, but how do you know when it’s time to clock some training hours? When is it time to seek marriage counseling?.. READ MORE


10 Basic Rules of Parenting

By Dina | Feb 28, 2013 | Families, Parenting

As a parent, one should strive to...

1. Be dependable, sincere, fair, yet unyielding.

2. Focus on your child’s strengths not their weaknesses and encourage them to talk about their thoughts and aspirations.  Giving you an opportunity to convey to them the confidence you have in them to be able to do several things well... READ MORE