“As we experience this unprecedented situation due to Coronavirus / Covid-19, all sessions are conducted by HIPAA-compliant fully-confidential video chat platform or by telephone. As health safety measures loosen, in-person sessions will once again become an option. I still reply to inquiries within 24 hours Monday through Friday. Stay safe!”

How to Cope with 6 Common Pandemic Changes

By |2020-06-15T12:59:04-07:00June 15th, 2020|DSM PROJECT|

How to Cope with 6 Common Pandemic Changes The world has experienced such drastic and sudden changes in the past few months. You’re likely feeling the effects of those changes and experiencing some changes in your own life as well. While change can sometimes be exciting, it can be jarring when it’s unexpected or even

Sex, love and COVID-19: Sex expert’s tips on staying close

By |2020-05-01T11:20:06-07:00May 6th, 2020|DSM PROJECT|

Sex, love and COVID-19: Sex expert's tips on staying close When speaking with clients during this pandemic, and when consulting with colleagues about what they are hearing from their clients, the well-established best practices for satisfying relationships remain intact.  In basic terms, these are the ways we remain connected, flexible, playful, loyal, honest with each

TeleHealth:  Telephone & Virtual Sessions During Coronavirus Pandemic

By |2020-05-05T20:48:53-07:00May 1st, 2020|DSM PROJECT|

TeleHealth:  Telephone & Virtual Sessions During Coronavirus Pandemic   None of us know what our society’s new normal might be post-pandemic.  Previous posts on this site highlight the myriad of anxieties and emotions experienced when constantly reminded about safety protocols while “sheltering in place.”  Risks are at the forefront of our decision-making and the actions

Happy New Year!  Or, “Happy Birthday, Calendar!”

By |2020-01-09T11:12:54-08:00January 9th, 2020|DSM PROJECT|

Happy New Year!  Or, “Happy Birthday, Calendar!” Because the practice becomes so busy that regular blog posts are impossible, I wanted to begin 2020 with an article reflective of this new beginning.  The calendar begins a new year, a birthday of sorts, and with this festive energy in mind, taking a casual approach to put

PSYCHOSIS | a contemplation

By |2019-09-23T14:05:57-07:00October 2nd, 2019|DSM PROJECT|

PSYCHOSIS | a contemplation A colleague recently spoke with me by phone for collateral information regarding a client.  While the call was brief, we discovered that we shared a great deal of common conclusions thus far into the treatment.  We landed on concern about delusional tendencies, which had recently become so intense that it appeared

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder DSM 5: ADHD

By |2019-09-23T13:59:28-07:00September 25th, 2019|DSM PROJECT|

DSM 5: ADHD:  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder By now we’ve all heard of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sometimes shortened to simply ADD when the hyperactivity (H) isn’t present.  Individuals with this disorder are quite varied.  My professional experience includes a number of clients diagnosed prior to attending therapy with me in which depression, anxiety disorders,

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Part 2: Diagnostic Features

By |2019-09-23T13:58:53-07:00September 18th, 2019|DSM PROJECT|

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Part 2: Diagnostic Features The DSM 5 indicates that criteria include challenges in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts over time.  These include two separate overarching criteria, with three additional categories by which to diagnose this disorder. There is even a table by which 3 levels of support are clarified. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including the disorder formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome

By |2019-09-10T15:15:23-07:00September 11th, 2019|DSM PROJECT|

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Much like previous articles on this site up to this point, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is included within the neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive section of the DSM-5.  Impairments in personal, social, academic, or occupational functioning may occur due to ASD.  These include limitations in learning &/or executive functioning. I am not an

Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder

By |2019-09-10T15:16:07-07:00January 4th, 2019|DSM PROJECT|

Due to the length of this entry, January’s look at Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder (Stuttering) (Code 315.35; ICD F80.8), will – like December – be presented in two parts. As with the other disorders within this section, Speech Sound Disorder (Code 315.39; ICD F80.0) typically occurs within early childhood development, and as you may have guessed,

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