TO NEW BEGINNINGS

Thank you my dear friends, colleagues and all of YOU  who come to consult with me for supporting my work as an educator, supervisor and as a psychotherapist.

Thank you and our ongoing conversations, I continue to expand the ways I think of myself and my work as a psychotherapist.

This is What Marked My 2017

Reconciling Home and Homeland "I talk about child sexual abuse"

Empowering Serbia to Recognize and Address Child Sexual Abuse” UNICEF sponsored project

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Raising Awareness About Child Sexual Abuse in My Homeland

I poured my heart into this project - helping Serbia and Montenegro address violence and abuse against children.

I believe every child who arrives on our planet should be safe and loved.

Not all young ones are fortunate this way.

Silence and shame prevent action. Please join me. Let's NOT be silent about violence and abuse! Let's continue to talk about actions we need to take in order to keep our children safe. 
Safe children = Safe societies

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Immigration and Identity: Working with people who have experienced the trauma of dislocation and atrocities

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Once again we encounter an abundance of controversy about children/ families/ men/ women who are new to this country.

In our suitcases we immigrants carry our uniqueness and vulnerability. 

We bridge #cultural divides and embrace religious intermarriages. 

We need to continue talking about us IMMIGRANTS because we are the backbone of this #country.

 

 

 

Working Together

I have been in my clinical practice for over 30 years. Many times I have heard you say you feel stuck, you feel every one you know is ahead of you. You've missed so many opportunities.

Expectations you have of yourself, of your partner, of LIFE are overwhelming. 

Talking to you, listening to you has been a true gift. YOU taught me that the solutions you are looking for are within your reach. 

Once you begin searching every expectation can become a STORY of possibilities.

I'd like to hear your story and help you find solutions to move forward.

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TAKLING = CARING = LOVING = Teaching Empathy

Many of us are concerned how to raise our children. What messages do you pass along to your kids in these politically vulnerable times? 

After doing some research, I came across an excellent article in Parenting Science by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.  (© 2009 - 2014 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved)

I am sharing with you what I found very helpful and give you guidance how to talk to your young ones.   

Here are some tips for teaching empathy - tips inspired by scientific research:

Research suggests that empathy is a complex phenomenon involving several component skills:

·         A sense of self-awareness and the ability to distinguish one's own feelings from the feelings of others

·          Taking another person’s perspective (or, alternatively, "putting oneself in another person's shoes")

·         Being able to regulate one's own emotional responses

Teaching empathy tip #1: Address your child’s own needs, and teach him how to “bounce back" from distress

Teaching empathy tip #2: Be “mind-minded” parent- Treat children as individuals with minds of their own, and talk to them about the ways that our feelings influence our behavior

Teaching empathy tip #3: Seize everyday opportunities to model—and induce—sympathetic feelings for other people.

Teaching empathy tip #4: Help kids discover what they have in common with other people. 

Teaching empathy tip #5: Teach kids about the hot-cold empathy gap.

Teaching empathy tip #6: Help kids explore other roles and perspectives.

Teaching empathy tip #7: Show kids how to “make a face" while they try to imagine how someone else feels. 

Teaching empathy tip #8: Help kids develop a sense of morality that depends on internal self-control, not on rewards or punishments.

Teaching empathy tip #9: Teach (older) kids about mechanisms of moral disengagement.

Teaching empathy tip #10: Inspire good feelings (and boost oxytocin levels) through pleasant social interactions and physical affection.

For more go to:  http://www.parentingscience.com/teaching-empathy-tips.html