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Caring for Your Whole Child Somerville MA

Creating a secure environment is the most important way to meet your child s emotional needs. For a child, physical and emotional safety is imperative. Physically, she needs the security that comes from structure and order. This can be obtained by imposing gentle structure on her time, surroundings, and belongings.

Dr. Martin Miller
(617) 354-1726
30 Lancaster St.
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: MD
36 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relations
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Kyle Carney
Mount Auburn Counseling Center
(617) 492-4834
156-158 Mt. Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jean Chapin Smith
Jean Chapin Smith, LICSW, BCD
(617) 876-2113
54 Sacramento Street
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Gender Identity, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Richard Colbath-Hess
(617) 354-6471
79 Amory Street
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transition
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Richard Caplan
Richard Caplan
(617) 930-3470
46 Pearl St
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
33 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Men's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Linda Krupp
Linda Krupp, LICSW
(617) 628-3535
240A Elm Street
Somerville, MA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW, BCD
Licensed in Massachusetts
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Dennis Balcom
(617) 661-1358
263 Concord Ave. #1
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, Men's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Karen Schiff
Karen Schiff
(617) 354-1686
875 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 35
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Karl Weiland
Karl Weiland LICSW
(617) 666-4321
1234 Broadway
Somerville, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Malachy Shaw-Jones
(617) 233-0383
Fresh Pond Reservoir Place 545 Concord Ave. Suite # 20
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: Psy.D.
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Education/Personal Develop
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Caring for Your Whole Child

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Parent & Child

Caring for Your Whole Child
By Caron B. Goode 
Email kygardner@verizon.net
Mar 27, 2006, 23:48

   

Your child is a unique blend of traits, habits, and qualities. This blend is what makes her an individual. Therefore, caring for a child demands we address the whole person, not just part of her. While every child must be approached on her level, all children have five basic needs. They are physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual. These needs are basic to all human beings, and having them met is crucial to your child s growth and development.

Wholistic Care

Physically

Humans have three basic physical needs. We all need oxygen, water, and food to live. In our world, the quality of these things varies. These differences affect our bodies and how they respond to daily living. Polluted air and toxic water and food does not offer our bodies ample energy. On the other hand, pure air, water, and food allow the body to function at its best. While it is hard to control air and water quality, most parents can control what their children eat. Eating a healthy diet gives your child the strength to meet life head on. That means eating foods that are high in fiber and low in fat. It also means eating enough protein, fruits, and vegetables. In addition, parents should choose foods that are free of additives, preservatives, and food coloring.

Emotionally

Creating a secure environment is the most important way to meet your child s emotional needs. For a child, physical and emotional safety is imperative. Physically, she needs the security that comes from structure and order. This can be obtained by imposing gentle structure on her time, surroundings, and belongings. You may choose to include morning and bedtime rituals, routine meal times, and when age appropriate, chores. Emotionally, she needs a stable environment, which includes knowing her parents or mentors will be there when she needs them. It is from this place of absolute safety that she will develop and mature emotionally.

Socially

All children need support. For younger children, the family fills that role. As children age, however, that changes. They start moving into different communities and develop the desire to belong and achieve. They also begin to want friends and to be part of a larger group. In order for their social needs to be met, children must be encouraged to grow beyond the family. They must also have good role models on which they can build their own brand of social interaction. As with most things, children model their social behaviors after the ones their parents exhibit. Therefore, it is important your children see you as a friend and community member. Let them see you display acts of kindness and affection. Also, let them see you give and receive social support during times of adversity. By watching you, they will acquire the skills necessary to formulate a support group outside th...

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