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“Stuck” A life lesson on parenting by Debra Kessler, Psy.D.

…ychologist who specializes in the care of children and their families. Dr. Kessler was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University. While working as an RN in Pediatric Intensive Care, she pursued a Masters Degree in Pediatrics from UCLA to further her skills in caring for children. After a career in nursing that included bedside nursing, Kessler chose to focus her attention on addressing the em…

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Debra Kessler, Psy.D.

…ychologist who specializes in the care of children and their families, Dr. Kessler has an active practice in Montrose, California. In a family centered manner, she treats a range of developmental and emotional issues including adoption/attachment difficulties, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, autism/Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, learning challenges, regulatory difficulties and other issues that interfere with children reaching their potential….

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Nerf Guns – What Are We Afraid of? by Debra Kessler, Psy.D.

For the holidays I gave a Nerf gun to my 8-year -old nephew. He was delighted. It was his first Nerf gun. He took great joy in taking aim at the window, door or any place where he was allowed to shoot. It was the first time I saw genuine spontaneous pleasure cross his otherwise polite and reserved face. Unfortunately, it will probably be his last Nerf gun. His father, as we were departing from the gathering, made it clear that he did not like to…

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"If All You Have is a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail" by Debra Kessler, Psy.D.

“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” – Abraham Maslow Seeking out the assistance of a therapist is a desperate and courageous act. Typically, for a parent, it means they have tried and failed to help their child behave, so they have friends, get along with siblings and family members, and achieve their potential at school. Parents often state that what they want their child to get from therapy are “tools to manage their be…

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Seeking Sanity During National Eating Disorders Week

…Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, Dr. David Kessler, who busted Big Tobacco, believes our brain chemistry can be hijacked by foods that contain stimulating combinations of fat, sugar and salt. The truth is some of us are seduced by hyperpalatable foods and life will be easier—we’ll be healthier—if we limit our exposure to them. As Clint Eastwood said in 1973’s Magnum Force, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Reco…

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Panic Attacks: What You Need to Know

…owne, M. O., Piazza, M. , Posada‐Villa, J. , Torres, Y. , ten Have, M. L., Kessler, R. C. and Scott, K. M. (2016), Cross‐national epidemiology of panic disorder and panic attacks in the world mental health surveys. Depress Anxiety, 33: 1155-1177. doi:10.1002/da.22572 Brown, L. A., Lebeau, R., Liao, B., Niles, A. N., Glenn, D., & Craske, M. G. (2016). A comparison of the nature and correlates of panic attacks in the context of Panic Disorder and So…

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