Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Book: Understanding & Helping Suicidal Teens

Teen suicideIf you had to broach the topic of suicide with a young person what would you do? Would you be prepared or completely caught off guard?

My experience, in the field of psychology for the past 9-10 years, has been that many parents feel lost, afraid, and uncertain.

Broaching the topic of suicide with a young person can feel like one of the most difficult things to do. What do you say? How do you say it? What should you not say? All of these things keep us stuck in limbo.

What motivated you to write another book?

While doing a community-based presentation with Carnegie Library on teen suicide, trauma, and severe mental illness, I remember a lot of parents coming up to me at the end asking if there were resources specifically for them. I felt really bad not having a specific source of information they could rely on. So I gave what I had which were general resources (websites, books, podcasts) in hopes of being somewhat useful. That’s when the idea for a book specifically for parents come to me.

A few years later I was asked to partner with an organization focused on educating and supporting the teaching community. I provided safety webinars and psychoeducational webinars in hopes of teaching teachers how to respond to and support children and teens. Following the presentation I received a lot of comments which prompted me to create a book for teachers too.

The goal of this book

This book is more than a craft. It is more than my duty as a therapist. It is a work of love and compassion. I truly believe that through the knowledge provided I also aimed to transfer my compassion, care, and concern to the reader. My intent is to make the reader feel supported and encouraged to learn more.

I am looking forward to sharing this with you all 5/1/2018. In the meantime, stay tuned for my Kindle version of the book to be released March 1, 2018.


Take good care


As always, I wish you well

CORONA VIRUS1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

Trying to understand all of the chaos associated with the #coronavirus can feel very overwhelming.

I want to let ALL of my clients/patients who come to Anchored Child & Family Counseling or who see me for consultations know that I am taking the necessary steps to ensure that all of the families and individuals who come to the office are safe and healthy.

Please know that, in the event Anchored Child & Family Counseling is asked to alter its hours or close for the safety of all clients/patients, I will be offering tele-health (online, computer, or phone) services. Although I do not anticipate this happening any time soon, this is important to be prepared for.

I also want to assure you that if I receive any information regarding the corona virus that involves your insurance and/or your care I will let you know as soon as possible.

Although many of the new reports may appear to be or feel exaggerated, as you know keeping our eyes open and making smart decisions is essential.

Please let me know if you have questions!



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