Why I Encourage My Teenager to Trick or Treat

We all remember how confusing the teenage years are. You’re not quite an adult yet and you’re not really a child either. You’re in the grey zone, which makes it hard to know what adults expect from you. On the one hand, we seem to be having an epidemic of helicopter or over-parenting. Parents are overly concerned with protecting teens from […]

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Dr. Sharon Martin is a recognized expert in codependency, perfectionism, boundary-setting, adult children of dysfunctional families, and related topics. Dr. Martin writes the popular column Conquering Codependency on PsychologyToday.com. Previously, she wrote regularly for Psych Central and The Good Men Project. Recent Interviews 89.3 FM (Southern CA Public Radio), AirTalk with Larry Mantle: It’s Okay to Say No to People […]

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Rediscovering Yourself

  Do you have a clear sense of who you are? We all want to understand ourselves, to have purpose, fulfillment, and belong. Teens and young adults wrestle with “finding themselves”. It is common to revisit these themes in middle age. I see many clients in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s who have lost themselves over the years of work and […]

Why Does My Teenager Make Such Bad Decisions?

Are you wondering why your teenager makes such bad decisions? Well, you aren’t alone! Teenagers are not known for their good decision making skills. Let’s face it, most of us did some pretty stupid stuff when we were teens, too. There are many things that work against teens when it comes to decision making: Lack of life experience Belief they are invincible […]