Barbara Cáceres, LCSW

Barbara Cáceres, LCSW Psychotherapy and consultation for families, parents, and individual adults and teens using a wholistic approach to emotional and relational health.

"Hopefully, this interview inspires you to turn off the phone for a bit--to rest your mind and engage in the real-world ...
09/29/2018
A Harvard-Trained Psychiatrist on How Social Media Is Leading to a Loneliness Epidemic.

"Hopefully, this interview inspires you to turn off the phone for a bit--to rest your mind and engage in the real-world around you."

Today, as I was riding the NYC subway, I looked at the passengers around me… Every single one was hunched over a smart phone. Remember the days of small talk? People seem to be having better relationships with technology than one another.  So, what’s this obses

"I want to let some struggles fully play out at school for both my daughter’s sake and my own." In this Washington Post ...
09/29/2018
Perspective | How instant access to grades and other data is contributing to helicopter parenting

"I want to let some struggles fully play out at school for both my daughter’s sake and my own." In this Washington Post piece, writer Amanda Parrish Morgan reflects upon her experiences with digital open grade books. With the perspective of former teacher and now a parent, Morgan shares that there are many limits to what this "data" communicates, reducing complicated and nuanced stories to checklists and assessments.

Even the best data provides a limited picture of what our kids are capable of, or doing, at school and in life.

"In fact, strong friendships make us significantly healthier and happier (much more effectively, duh, than money), and m...
08/12/2018
Men and Friendship: Letting the Guard Down First

"In fact, strong friendships make us significantly healthier and happier (much more effectively, duh, than money), and men have far fewer of them — especially as they age — than women do. There is even a name for it: “the male deficit model” — essentially the sociological theory that men aren’t great at creating lasting, genuine bonds. Men’s friendship tend to be more episodic and short-term — forged over beers after work and then abandoned when someone gets transferred to another department, or born on bikes side by side, climbing up hills with rich conversation, but lost to injury."

https://onbeing.org/blog/men-and-friendship-letting-the-guard-down-first/

Men's ability to maintain sustained, intimate friendships with other men may be the key to unlocking a revolution of a new type of connection — and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century.

"Many of us have a mind that measures self-worth in terms of productivity. . . . We give ourselves no credit for just be...
07/21/2018

"Many of us have a mind that measures self-worth in terms of productivity. . . . We give ourselves no credit for just being present. And yet, if you asked the people you care about what they would like most from you, their answer is likely to be some version of 'your presence.'" ~ Jan Chozen Bays

"Many of us have a mind that measures self-worth in terms of productivity. . . . We give ourselves no credit for just being present. And yet, if you asked the people you care about what they would like most from you, their answer is likely to be some version of 'your presence.'" ~ Jan Chozen Bays

Chelsea Conaboy discusses her latest piece: "Motherhood Brings the Most Dramatic Brain Changes of a Woman's Life," on Ra...
07/20/2018
How Motherhood Changes The Brain

Chelsea Conaboy discusses her latest piece: "Motherhood Brings the Most Dramatic Brain Changes of a Woman's Life," on Radio Boston.

Are doctors talking enough with expectant mothers about the brain changes that motherhood brings?

07/20/2018
Tara Brach

Tara Talks: Listening Without an Agenda (8:30 min) - Tara Brach
While we may value deep listening, when our habitual agendas take over, we are unable to attune to ourselves and others in a meaningful way.
The kind of listening that brings intimacy and understanding requires intentional practice. As we explore in this short talk, this begins with recognizing how our restless, wanting minds interfere with our ability to listen deeply.

Listen to the full talk at: https://www.tarabrach.com/listening-awake-heart-part-1/

Tara Talks: Listening Without an Agenda (8:30 min) - Tara Brach

While we may value deep listening, when our habitual agendas take over, we are unable to attune to ourselves and others in a meaningful way.

The kind of listening that brings intimacy and understanding requires intentional practice. As we explore in this short talk, this begins with recognizing how our restless, wanting minds interfere with our ability to listen deeply.

Listen to the full talk at: https://www.tarabrach.com/listening-awake-heart-part-1/

The Gottman Institute
06/23/2018

The Gottman Institute

an important reminder.

Excellent article.  "Yet for all the talk about children’s screen time, surprisingly little attention is paid to screen ...
06/23/2018
The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

Excellent article.

"Yet for all the talk about children’s screen time, surprisingly little attention is paid to screen use by parents themselves, who now suffer from what the technology expert Linda Stone more than 20 years ago called “continuous partial attention.” This condition is harming not just us, as Stone has argued; it is harming our children. The new parental-interaction style can interrupt an ancient emotional cueing system, whose hallmark is responsive communication, the basis of most human learning. We’re in uncharted territory."

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/the-dangers-of-distracted-parenting/561752/

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.

More encouraging news about the power of diet on mental and emotional functioning.  The success of the ketogenic diet wi...
10/01/2017
Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

More encouraging news about the power of diet on mental and emotional functioning. The success of the ketogenic diet with brain based disorders like epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia challenges the notion that these are chronic and inevitable conditions that can only be managed with medications.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/diagnosis-diet/201709/low-carbohydrate-diet-superior-antipsychotic-medications#sidr-main

Two remarkable personal stories, as told by their Harvard psychiatrist.

Down near the bottomof the crossed-out listof things you have to do today,between "green thread"and "broccoli," you find...
09/24/2017

Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,
between "green thread"
and "broccoli," you find
that you have penciled "sunlight."

Resting on the page, the word
is beautiful. It touches you
as if you had a friend
and sunlight were a present
he had sent from someplace distant
as this morning—to cheer you up,
and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is a thing
that also needs accomplishing.

Do you remember?
that time and light are kinds
of love, and love
is no less practical
than a coffee grinder
or a safe spare tire?

Tomorrow you may be utterly
without a clue,
but today you get a telegram
from the heart in exile,
proclaiming that the kingdom
still exists,
the king and queen alive,
still speaking to their children,
—to any one among them
who can find the time
to sit out in the sun and listen.
~ Tony Hoagland

Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,

between "green thread"
and "broccoli," you find
that you have penciled "sunlight."

Resting on the page, the word
is beautiful. It touches you
as if you had a friend

and sunlight were a present
he had sent from someplace distant
as this morning—to cheer you up,

and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is a thing

that also needs accomplishing.
Do you remember?
that time and light are kinds

of love, and love
is no less practical
than a coffee grinder

or a safe spare tire?
Tomorrow you may be utterly
without a clue,

but today you get a telegram
from the heart in exile,
proclaiming that the kingdom

still exists,
the king and queen alive,
still speaking to their children,

—to any one among them
who can find the time
to sit out in the sun and listen.

~ Tony Hoagland

The Gottman Institute
09/24/2017

The Gottman Institute

Crying is a healthy and necessary way for kids to express their feelings. By saying ‘stop crying’ we send the message that their feelings are not important, not valid, silly, or annoying.

Read more from Happiness is here:
http://bit.ly/2raOSlP

Loneliness and isolation reported more frequently on college campuses:  ""Students are arriving on college campuses with...
09/13/2017
Opinion | The Real Campus Scourge

Loneliness and isolation reported more frequently on college campuses: ""Students are arriving on college campuses with all of their high school friends on their phones,” Bowen told me, referring to the technological quirks of today. They too easily substitute virtual interactions for physical ones, withdrawing from their immediate circumstances and winding up lonely as a result."

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/02/opinion/sunday/college-freshman-mental-health.html

Op-Ed ColumnistThe Real Campus Scourge查看简体中文版查看繁體中文版SHAREShare on FacebookPost on TwitterEmailLog in to SaveRead Laterhttps://nyti.ms/2xFDPVXShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsappShare on Google PlusShare on RedditShareCancelBen WisemanSeptember 2, 2017Frank BruniAcross the country, college freshmen are...

Technology has implanted itself so rapidly and ubiquitously into our lives that parent guidance has had to play catchup....
09/11/2017
Reasons Today's Kids Are Bored At School, Feel Entitled, Have Little Patience & Few Real Friends

Technology has implanted itself so rapidly and ubiquitously into our lives that parent guidance has had to play catchup. Unlike many doomsday articles that bash parents and kids alike, this one's a keeper. This article gives some very practical things that parents can do to help their children develop the critical life skills of delay of gratification and dealing with boredom.

http://deeprootsathome.com/kids-bored-entitled/

We have the best intentions - to make our kids happy - but the ability to learn delayed gratification is one of the key factors for future success.

"To find your people, you have to know how to signal your passions and interests and seek out theirs."http://ideas.ted.c...
09/10/2017
Feel like you don’t fit in? Here’s how to find where you truly belong

"To find your people, you have to know how to signal your passions and interests and seek out theirs."

http://ideas.ted.com/feel-like-you-dont-fit-in-heres-how-to-find-where-you-truly-belong/?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=ideas-blog&utm_term=social-science

Some fresh advice on identifying and searching for your own community, from business innovator Nilofer Merchant.

Stress less, live more.  If you would like to learn more about mindfulness meditation, or to deepen your own practice, y...
09/09/2017
Mindful Shenandoah Valley

Stress less, live more. If you would like to learn more about mindfulness meditation, or to deepen your own practice, you might be interested in this 8-week workshop. Led by Shell Fischer, it begins on September 17, and another on September 22.

https://mindfulvalley.com

Mindfulness Meditation and MBSR in the Shenandoah Valley

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an int...
09/09/2017
The power of introverts

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

When parents feel ineffective at managing child behavior they often resort to tactics that lead to power struggles and t...
09/09/2017
Playful Parenting: The Vigorous Snuggle | A Parenting Resources Guide - Hand in Hand Parenting

When parents feel ineffective at managing child behavior they often resort to tactics that lead to power struggles and tears. The "vigorous snuggle" is a great idea for sidestepping the battles and reducing relational wear and tear.
https://www.handinhandparenting.org/2009/08/playful-parenting-the-vigorous-snuggle/

When one reasonable request doesn’t get through to our children, it’s time for an entirely new tactic. We propose the vigorous snuggle! Continue reading →

"I’m not saying that starting a board-game group in every town and village will put us all on the path to world peace. B...
09/02/2017
The Gottman Institute

"I’m not saying that starting a board-game group in every town and village will put us all on the path to world peace. But in a society where the most common answer to the question “How many confidantes do you have?” is zero, it’s clear that a lot of people are hungry for connection and civilized conversation. Inviting the neighbors over for game night is a good place to start."

Board games allow players to enter into a controlled state of conflict. The process of engaging in that conflict is fun even when you lose.

"Autoimmunity, in which antibodies attack human proteins, is also known to play a critical role in normal brain developm...
09/02/2017
Vaccines linked to mental disorders by Yale study

"Autoimmunity, in which antibodies attack human proteins, is also known to play a critical role in normal brain development, Leckman noted. According to Leckman, if children were experiencing inflammation — a process that promotes autoimmunity — at the time of vaccination, the combination of inflammation and vaccination could have deleterious effects on brain development."

A recent Yale study has called into question the safety of vaccines and could lend fuel to anti-vaccine advocates like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has already written a piece covering the study on the

09/02/2017
ADDitude

Symptoms of ADD/ADHD can be improved with a diet rich in whole foods and clean water. The Feingold diet has been used by many with great success (the GAPS diet is another that has been helpful). I recommend that you create a symptom list before you begin making any changes, and document what you or your child eats and then record changes in symptoms one hour, three hours, and 12 hours after consuming each food. This is a painstaking process but it's the only way I know to begin evaluating the effect of various foods or additives on neurological and behavioral functioning.

ADHD symptoms can be affected by diet. Find out 5 things kids with ADHD should not eat.

Our culture is quick to help people "get over" their losses.  Grieving has its own timetable.  "The grief becomes oddly ...
09/02/2017
A Psychotherapist Shares the One Thing No One Ever Says About Grieving

Our culture is quick to help people "get over" their losses. Grieving has its own timetable.

"The grief becomes oddly soothing in its familiarity and its predictability. Dealing with the grief means letting go of this familiarity and moving towards something less predictable and less familiar, which is scary."

https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/10668-the-one-thing-no-one-ever-says-about-grieving

(And a 4 step plan to move through your grief.)

"If a child is shy around you, just be cordial and respectful of their boundaries. Being shy isn’t a personality defect....
05/26/2017
Stop Torturing Shy Kids

"If a child is shy around you, just be cordial and respectful of their boundaries. Being shy isn’t a personality defect. It’s a personality trait."

Once my kids get to know someone, they like to show off for them. They fight for the person’s attention. They do dances, sing songs, and bring out all of their toys and explain in great detail how …

"While exercise is perceived to be inspirational, they believe less strenuous activity like walking also opens up creati...
05/26/2017
Walking Promotes Divergent Thinking, Find Stanford Scientists

"While exercise is perceived to be inspirational, they believe less strenuous activity like walking also opens up creative pathways between body and brain. Performing beyond your “natural stride” is cognitively demanding, they write, while one’s natural gait allows their brain’s default mode network to kick in."

http://bigthink.com/21st-century-spirituality/walking-and-creativity

Want to think more creatively? Move your body, and move away from your emotional baseline—in any direction.

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