Building Resilience During Difficult Times

Posted : June 11, 2020 | nwfamilypsychology

During this unprecedented period of global uncertainty, it is helpful to remember that it is completely normal to be experiencing a wide range of emotions. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a shock for all of us and has tested our ability to manage stress and cope with challenging situations that constantly change and ask different […]

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Understanding Childhood Anxiety

Posted : January 29, 2020 | nwfamilypsychology

Anxiety is the intense, and oftentimes overwhelming, feeling of being worried, afraid, or nervous. At some point in our lives, we’ve all felt anxious and it is normal to feel some anxiety in certain situations, such as having to take a test or giving a presentation. A little anxiety can sometimes even motivate us to […]

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AFCC 57th Annual Conference | May 27-30, 2020

Posted : November 13, 2019 | nwfamilypsychology

When a Child Rejects a Parent: Are We Part of the Problem or the Solution? May 27-30, 2020 New Orleans Marriott New Orleans, Louisiana More information here:

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NW Family Psychology now offering Family Reconciliation

Posted : October 18, 2019 | nwfamilypsychology

NW Family Portland Family Reconciliation

  Family Reconciliation In the context of high conflict separation or divorce, a child can lose contact with a parent, or otherwise experience a rupture or strain in the relationship with parent. Sometimes the loss can seem senseless to one parent, and to another can be seen as a response to real harm or neglect. […]

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We are proud to announce that NW Family Psychology has received the BBB Gold Star Award for Excellence in Business.  

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INS | Denver, CO | Feb 5-8, 2020

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We are very excited to be returning to Denver, The Mile-High City! We hope you will join us for what promises to be a dynamic scientific program, and to enjoy the exhilarating potpourri of offerings in arts, culture, and sports that Denver so readily provides! For more information and to register, please visit here: Denver […]

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Welcome New Providers to NW Family Psychology!

Posted : October 11, 2019 | nwfamilypsychology

  Cesario Larios, MA, LMHCA Cesario Larios, MA, LMHCA is a Clinical Psychology PsyD doctoral student at Antioch University Seattle. He is in his fifth year of training, which has encompassed both clinical applications in therapy as well as psychological assessment. During his doctoral training with NW Family Psychology, Cesario works with clients seeking either […]

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New office in Park City opened

Posted : October 10, 2019 | nwfamilypsychology

NW Family Port Townsend

NW Family Psychology is pleased to announce our new location in Park City, UT.   NW Family Park City Office 1790 Sun Peak Drive, Suite B-105 Park City, Utah 84098 (844) 701-1080 (844) 701-1085 Fax   Here, we provide the following evaluation and treatment services: Custody evaluations for informing best interest recommendations for families experiencing […]

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Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa

Posted : September 20, 2019 | nwfamilypsychology

  Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two primary eating disorders (ED) that can lead to fatal outcomes. 4 females out of every 100 experience an ED in the United States, which typically affects females between the ages of 13-25. Parents need to be informed that the typical symptoms of ED involve restrictive food intake, […]

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New office in Port Townsend opened!

Posted : July 29, 2019 | nwfamilypsychology

NW Family Port Townsend

  Welcome to NW Family Psychology – Port Townsend. Our provider team at this location primarily serve children and adolescents, as well as their families, experiencing a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges, as well as 504/IEP evaluations for students struggling in private and public schools, as well as forensic populations/issues where the court […]

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Radical Acceptance: Teaching Children to “Just Say Okay”

Posted : May 1, 2019 | nwfamilypsychology

  Most parents, teachers, or caregivers have been in a situation where a child is unhappy and is having a difficult time accepting the reality of what just happened. The child might try to negotiate, argue, complain (“It’s not fair!”), sulk, act out, or respond in any number of non-helpful ways. By behaving in a […]

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What if I told you that there was a way that could help you feel more mindful, more compassionate towards others, and more connected to others? And what if you could also feel a greater sense of life satisfaction and happiness, and be less depressed, less anxious, and less stressed? Self-compassion involves treating yourself the […]

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The Art and Science of Mental Health Diagnosis

Posted : December 1, 2018 | nwfamilypsychology

Getting the right mental health diagnosis not only impacts your ability to achieve psychological wellness, but can have profound consequences as it relates to treatment recommendations. Often times, individuals present with a variety of symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, confused thinking, mood instability, anger, substance addiction, etc.) and if not carefully assessed, can result in an […]

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Big Mind

Posted : September 27, 2018 | nwfamilypsychology

Big Mind

Author A.R. Bernard has observed that “the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.” So what is the quality of your thinking? Within the Zen tradition, thinking is often divided into two types, that of Small Mind and that of Big Mind, with the former being the thinking one engages in to […]

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Is it a Tantrum or Meltdown?

Posted : September 18, 2018 | nwfamilypsychology

Is it a Tantrum or Meltdown

Throwing a tantrum. Pitching a fit. Having a meltdown. Whatever your family may call it, many families struggle through periods of explosive behavior in their children. Parents are shocked and dismayed when their little one, usually so happy, starts to bite, kick and scream at the smallest things. Depending on your own experience during childhood, […]

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NW Family opens SLC office

Posted : September 10, 2018 | nwfamilypsychology

We have opened a new location in Salt Lake City! 3115 East Lion Lane, Suite 160, Holladay, UT, 84121 Office opens 8/15 For more info, please visit :

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What are Executive Functions?

Posted : April 24, 2018 | nwfamilypsychology

What are Executive Functions

You may have heard the term “executive functioning” among parents, teachers, and seen it on the internet. It may seem like a new trend, but actually, psychologists and neuropsychologists have been studying and finding ways to measure these skills for decades. So what are executive functions? They are a group of highly interrelated skills that […]

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Returning to Civilian Life after Serving in the Military

Posted : October 23, 2017 | nwfamilypsychology

Returning to Civilian Life

Returning to civilian life after serving in the military can be challenging for many people. Serving to protect our country places a person in unique situations that can be stressful, traumatic, difficult to forget, and often different from what most civilians experience in a lifetime. Some veterans who return home may find it easy to […]

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Fight, Flight, or Freeze

Posted : August 4, 2017 | nwfamilypsychology

Psychiatrist Silverdale Managing stress

We all deal with stress from the moment the alarm goes off to the time our head reaches the pillow at night. Stress is around us 24-7 – even our dreams can be stressful! It is one of those experiences that can build up over time, or hit us in a flash from an unexpected […]

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Putting Yourself Back in the Driver’s Seat

Posted : June 7, 2017 | nwfamilypsychology

Putting Yourself Back in the Driver’s Seat

As a psychologist, I am fascinated by the perplexity of human behavior, especially when we do things that don’t help us or those we love. The truth is, a great deal of the things we do (and don’t do) on a moment-by-moment basis are completely outside our immediate consciousness. These autopilot actions involve a cognitive […]

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Faulty Cognition: Can your thoughts be the link to your struggles?

Posted : May 4, 2017 | nwfamilypsychology

Faulty Cognition: Can your thoughts be the link to your struggles

Our Cognition is our thought process and our thoughts have EVERYTHING to do with our feeling and doing (behaviors). Changing one’s way of thinking in order to change how we feel and the choices we make can be challenging. Our cognition is created over time through what we are told or shown in our environment. […]

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Getting the Balance Right: Coping with Adjustment Issues

Posted : April 4, 2017 | nwfamilypsychology

Psychiatry Northwest Adjusting to major life changes, such as moving to a new community, starting a new job, transferring to a new school, etc., can be very difficult to adjust to and keep your head above water. Even when changes are good ones, such as starting a new relationship, landing that promotion at work, a […]

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Getting Ready For Your Child’s IEP Meeting – Core Steps To Consider

Posted : January 26, 2017 | nwfamilypsychology

Getting ready for your childs IEP meeting

Northwest Family Psychology For parents of students who receive special education (SPED) services through their local school district, annual meetings to discuss your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can feel monotonous and unimportant. In fact, the accuracy and appropriateness of the IEP is vitally important – it might be the difference between your child’s academic […]

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The Benefits of Conscious Discipline

Posted : August 12, 2016 | nwfamilypsychology

As a parent, have you ever felt overwhelmed dealing with your child’s power struggles, defiance, attacks, or bullying behavior? Ever wondered what would help motivate your child or help them complete tasks without a fight? Unfortunately, today’s issues are more unique…

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Beware of The 4 Horsemen

Posted : May 25, 2016 | nwfamilypsychology

Dr. John Gottman, Ph.D., author of the Seven Principles
for Making Marriage Work and creator of The Sound Marital House theory asserts that there are four behaviors that when left unchecked in a relationship predict whether a couple will stay together or separate/divorce…

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Why Adolescents Can Become Harder to Teach than Children

Posted : March 5, 2016 | nwfamilypsychology

Let’s face it, adolescents are at a completely different developmental stage than children. This can pose many challenges to both parents and teachers. In reviewing this article, many things ring true with my own experience with parenting two teenage boys, as well as…

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