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Why All Parents Should Use The Teachings from the Jedi Master in 2016

Posted on May 4, 2016 in Counseling, Parenting

Why All Parents Should Use The Teachings from the Jedi Master in 2016

It was 1980 in Century City. I was 10 years old waiting in a line that did not seem to end with my grandma (now 104). We waited for two hours to see the Empire Strikes Back. There was a buzz in the air that I couldn’t explain but could feel. It was three years after the world was introduced to the Force, the Jedi, and the evil empire. At last we were in our seats. I don’t remember if there were coming attractions. However, I remember like it was yesterday, the sound of the orchestra moving through my body as the words rolled up the screen and into the galaxy. I read as fast as I...

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Worry Reminders for the Holidays, By Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 in Counseling, Parenting

Worry Reminders for the Holidays, By Dr. Dan Peters

It is normal for our children to experience more stress and worry during the holidays. Among the traditional stressors of everyday life come common seasonal anxieties such as worrying how the family will get along during get-togethers and meals, worrying about getting all the vacation homework done during the longer breaks from school, worrying about losing track of school work during those breaks, the anticipation of holiday rituals and the stresses of waiting for pivotal moments such as lighting your own Hannukah candles or Christmas morning. Sometimes the way the holidays take us away from...

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The Twice-Exceptional Adult, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 in Assessments, Counseling, Giftedness, Parenting

The Twice-Exceptional Adult, by Dr. Dan Peters

This piece originally appeared on Psychology Today. Many gifted adults may find that they are still suffering from experiences and challenges that affected them as children. Others find they are experiencing new challenges related to finding their passion, identity, parenting, relationships, career, and more. Summit Center provides a broad range of services for gifted adults, including consultation, testing, counseling, and more. Although the word “gifted” has been used to describe people of higher levels of intelligence for decades, the term twice-exceptional, often abbreviated as 2e,...

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Developing Self Esteem in Gifted Teens, by Melanie Brown Kroon, LMFT

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 in Counseling, Giftedness, Parenting

Developing Self Esteem in Gifted Teens, by Melanie Brown Kroon, LMFT

Melanie Brown Kroon, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, provides therapy and consultations at Summit Center’s Encino office. Melanie works with individuals, couples and families specializing in the emotional needs of gifted and creative adults, adolescents and children. She has written for MSN Health and Fitness and THE THERAPIST Magazine, and she has lectured on topics such as “Talking and Listening to Your Kids” and “How to Teach Self Discipline to Children.” Adolescence is difficult for everyone, but it can be incredibly difficult for gifted kids. To understand why,...

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A Strength-Based Approach Helps Children, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in Assessments, Counseling, Education, Giftedness, Parenting

A Strength-Based Approach Helps Children, by Dr. Dan Peters

Learn to ask “What’s Right” instead of “What’s Wrong” When it comes to helping our children learn and develop academically, socially, and emotionally, we want them to feel confident about who they are. At Summit Center, we use a strengths-based approach for assessments, counseling, and treatment versus a more traditional pathologizing model. If we look at the medical model of disease as a metaphor we can see that it is grounded in finding pathology, and getting rid of that pathogen to regain physical or mental health. This model is also used when learning problems...

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My Child Won’t Go to School: School Avoidance and What to Do, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 in Assessments, Counseling, Education, Parenting

My Child Won’t Go to School: School Avoidance and What to Do, by Dr. Dan Peters

This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post. “I am not sure what has changed. Things were fine last year and now he wakes up with a stomachache and says he doesn’t want to go to school. It takes me forever to get him out the door. We are often late. He ends up screaming at me and telling me I am the worst parent ever! I end up yelling at him and almost have to pull him out of the car. He leaves upset and I feel upset, worried, and angry. Why is this happening!?” If it sounds like I was in your car this morning, that is because this situation is very common with...

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Just Like Flossing: 5 Ways to Improve Your Study Habits, by Deanna Kim, M.Ed.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 in Counseling, Education, Parenting

Just Like Flossing: 5 Ways to Improve Your Study Habits, by Deanna Kim, M.Ed.

Deanna Kim is an educational therapist at Summit Center Walnut Creek and at the Athenian School in Danville, where she coaches students in executive functioning to improve T.O.P. skills (Time Management, Organization, and Planning). Deanna is offering a Summit Center webinar on Time Management on August 30. Register Here If you would like more in-depth and personalized coaching with Deanna, please call (925) 939-7500 or email info@summitcenter.us to schedule an appointment. Have you ever...

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Balancing Social Media and Screen Time, by Dr. John Aldava

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 in Counseling, Parenting

Balancing Social Media and Screen Time, by Dr. John Aldava

by John Aldava, PhD. Licensed Psychologist Dr. John Aldava joins Summit Center after over 13 years at Kaiser Walnut Creek working on the Child & Adolescent Family team as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Aldava has past experience with Contra Costa County’s Children’s Mental Health department, and as an instructor at JFK University in graduate psychology. Dr. Aldava is now available to provide counseling and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families at Summit Center Walnut Creek. Call (925) 939-7500 or email...

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Media and Technology: The Worry Monster’s Biggest Ally, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 in Counseling, Parenting

Media and Technology: The Worry Monster’s Biggest Ally, by Dr. Dan Peters

Media and technology have changed our lives in many positive ways. Radio brought local and world news, and entertainment to our family rooms. Television brought these things to life, and in color. You no longer needed to go to a show or a movie theatre, as television brought nightly shows, as well as news programs. And then television evolved more with the inception of cable – more channels, more shows, more movies, and more news – all day long. All of a sudden, you could watch the stock market in real time, while listening to analysts talk about economic forecasts. While in college, I...

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Taming Normal Teen Anxiety, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 in Counseling, Parenting

Taming Normal Teen Anxiety, by Dr. Dan Peters

The teenage years increase fears and nerves for both parent and teens. This piece originally appeared on Psychologytoday.com. During childhood, young people typically remember the stages of their lives in time stamps of school years and summer vacations. There is always that one year when summer break ends and the boys come back with deeper “frogs” in their voices having grown a few lengths and the girls come back looking more like women. The onset of the teenage years not only tweaks fears and nerves within parents, but also in teens themselves. Anxiety can be rampant during these...

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