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Five Tips to Help Parents Listen Amherst MA

The only way we can truly be sure that they are all right, or if something is troubling them, is if they feel they can confide in us on a person-to-person basis. But are we actually listening to them as equals, or are we listening to them with condescending ears and, in the process, inadvertently breaking these lines of communication between parent and child -- leaving them unwilling to come to us for help?

Mr. Daniel McLean
Private Practice
(413) 478-9526
48 N. Pleasant St., Suite 201
Amherst, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Reed Schimmelfing
(413) 586-7454
104 Main Street Suite 201
Northampton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Sleep Disorders, Men's Issues, Postpartum Depression
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Twins, Caregivers, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
VANESSA L. ADAMS, M.Ed, C.A.G.S., C.H., C.P.C.- Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Life/Health & Care
(413) 522-2815
Offices in Amherst and Orange Massachusetts,409 Main Street - Suite # 125 (
Amherst, MA
Specialties
ADHD,Anxiety or Fears,Career Counseling,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Life Coaching,Loss or Grief,OCD,Spirituality,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
Masters in Education & C.A.G. S.- Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology-Cambridge College, MA.Certified-National Guild of Hypnotists in Adv. Hypnotherapy in Medical/Pain Management, Smoking, Weight.Life/Health Coach
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
Access Change

John "jack" Bonina
(508) 534-8209
104 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060104 Main Street
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Divorce
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Betsy Ferber, MA, LMFT
(413) 582-0287
16 Center St.
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Elderly Persons Disorders,Gay Lesbian Issues,Loss or Grief,Parenting,Relationship Issues,Spirituality,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
BA at Lake Forest College, 1970MA Transpersonal Counseling, John F.Kennedy U. 1985Trained in DBT and long time member of DBT Team at ServiceNet, NorthamptonTrained in MBSR 2006Currently training in Somatic ExperiencePracticing Meditator
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Elizabeth Ferber

Ms. Maria Dye
(413) 584-1557
57 Gothic Street
Northampton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Jim Caldwell
Springfield Technical Community College
(413) 306-0914
Armory Square Bldg 16, Rm 131-Veterans Services
Springfield, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LMFT
Licensed in Massachusetts
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development
Populations Served
Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Maria Elizabeth LeBlanc, M.Ed, MSW, LICSW
(413) 695-3707
195 Russell Street, 2nd FL, Suite B9
Hadley, MA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Elderly Persons Disorders,Gay Lesbian Issues,Loss or Grief,OCD,Relationship Issues
Gender
Female
Education
I have a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College, Springfield, MA and a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA. I have worked in hospitals o/p centers and crisis
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Maria E. LeBlanc, LICSW

Ms. Constance Leslie
(413) 314-3388
Constance Leslie, LICSW16 Armory Street
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Family Therapy, Couples therapy, Divorce, Child or Adolescent, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1988
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$70 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Mr. Peter Michael Corbett, LICSW, M.Ed.
(413) 586-5882
2 Strong Avenue
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,ADHD,Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Domestic Abuse or Violence,Impulse Control Disorders,Infertility or Adoption,Life Coaching,Relationship Issues
Education
I have 2 Masters Degrees. (1) M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Harvard and (2) Masters in Social Work from Smith College. I also have a number of years training in Psychosynthesis.
Insurance
Yes

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Five Tips to Help Parents Listen

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Parent & Child

Parents, Are You Listening or Lecturing to Your Kids? Five Tips to Help You Listen
By Julie Scandora 
Email
Feb 11, 2009, 10:44
   

Seattle, WA - The knowledge that our children are safe, happy and emotionally sound is one of our greatest concerns. If they were being traumatized by something at school or, even worse, the attentions of a predator, we would want to be the first to know.

The only way we can truly be sure that they are all right, or if something is troubling them, is if they feel they can confide in us on a person-to-person basis. But are we actually listening to them as equals, or are we listening to them with condescending ears and, in the process, inadvertently breaking these lines of communication between parent and child -- leaving them unwilling to come to us for help?

"Children don't seem to get as much respect as other members of society," says Julie Scandora, teacher and author of the book 'Rules Are Rules.' "They experience the same emotional obstacles as adults, but this is often overlooked by grown-ups. Parents need to treat children with respect and ensure a trusting relationship."

Here are five of Julie's tips to help you communicate more effectively with your children:

1. Listen. It sounds obvious, but if your children don't think they will be heard, they won't go to you with the hard questions or problems.

2. Create opportunities for interaction with your kids. Families spend so much time apart these days. Use 'car time' -- such as the 20-minute drive to school – as a time to communicate with your children.

3. Lead by example. Far too many parents opt for the 'do as I say not as I do' method. But this sends mixed messages to children regarding important situations.

4. Respect the child's intuition. We all have 'gut feelings,' and if kids are encouraged to trust theirs, they will be able to heed their intuition in dicey situations when we aren't around to help.

5. Don't confuse 'respect' with 'giving in.' It is important that the parental role is not usurped. Don't give in to kids just to diffuse a problematic situation. Instead communicate with them and let them know why rules are rules.

By showing our children that we are receptive to what they have to say and that we are willing to talk with them, not just at them, we can help them gain confidence and maturity, but we need to make sure we are practicing what we preach.

"Perhaps we need to start with ourselves, don't we!" laughs Julie, "But if we give our children the respect we give our peers, they will be better prepared to deal with whatever life throws at them. And when they encounter something for which they are still too young to deal with by themselves, they'll naturally come to us for advice."

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Julie Scandora is a teacher, editor, author and mother of three. She holds a BA from Smith and an MBA from the University of Washington and has taught c...

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