Hillside Blog

The Sanctuary Model

By Kimberly Young, DNP-ENL, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC | February 26, 2024
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Hillside is thrilled to announce our commitment to transforming our culture and organizational structure by adopting the Sanctuary Model. This trauma-informed approach will foster a community built on connection and compassion, enhancing our clients’ and staff’s care and experience. By integrating the Sanctuary Model with our existing organizational and therapeutic…

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Bringing Awareness To & Regulating Stress

By Justus Bowland Gleason | February 16, 2024
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Stress is one of the great mysteries of the universe. With it, our days seem to last forever, and there is always something else to do. Without it, some of us would never finish important projects by their deadline or even get out of bed, for that matter. So, what…

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Inside the Children’s Mental Health Crisis: Understanding Trigger Factors & What You Can Do

By Kimberly Young, DNP-ENL, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC | January 30, 2024
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Children’s mental health has become an increasingly critical concern for parents and caregivers. Between social media, online content, and video games, a new era has emerged that presents both opportunities and challenges for the younger generation. From the aftermath of COVID-19 isolation to the nuanced patterns of technology use, parents…

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Questions to Ask When Looking for a PHP/IOP Program for Your Teen

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | January 30, 2024
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Your child’s mental health is extremely important. Do not be shy about asking questions about any treatment program you are considering for your teen. Any reputable program should be happy to take the time to ensure that you have all the information you need and that you feel comfortable trusting…

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Top Reasons Teens Don’t Receive Treatment

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | January 29, 2024
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Top Reasons Teens Don't Receive Treatment

Teenagers face many challenges, and one of the most significant obstacles is managing their mental health, including seeking help for conditions like anxiety and depression. While speaking about these conditions might be more acceptable now than before, it doesn’t minimize the struggles teens face when living with mental health illnesses.  That’s why…

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Parenting in the Tech World

By RJ Manradgh, LPC, NCC, CPCS | January 22, 2024
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Parenting in the tech world is hard. Figuring out how to balance encouraging a healthy relationship with technology and safeguarding your child’s mental well-being has become increasingly difficult. This article offers insightful recommendations and practical tips, including defining key terms, implementing effective behavioral plans, and addressing cultural influences. With better…

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Nurturing Relationships on Valentine’s Day: A DBT Perspective

By Lara Muster, Clinical Intern | January 5, 2024
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Valentine’s Day extends beyond adults and romantic connections; it offers children and adolescents a meaningful opportunity to explore and strengthen their relationships and connections. Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) principles into the celebration can provide valuable skills for young individuals navigating the complexities of teenage relationships. This aligns seamlessly with…

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Let’s Do “New Year, New Me” Mindfully

By Julianna Thompson LAPC, Hillside Therapist | January 5, 2024
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According to History, the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions dates back to the ancient Babylonians and their tradition of promising their pagan gods to pay their accrued debts and return borrowed goods to the family and neighbors, hoping to have favor bestowed upon them in the new year. Although the…

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Suicide Rate by Gender: Is There a Difference?

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC | December 7, 2023
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A man and his son are outside, looking at the ground. The man is to the right of the boy with his arm around his shoulder.

Gender and suicide rates have an important correlation that can place some youth at an increased risk. Understanding suicide in girls, boys, transgender individuals and nonbinary youth can help you recognize when a loved one needs help and ensure they receive the treatment they need. In This Article Male vs.…

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Radical Acceptance over the Holidays

By Eamonn Walsh, LCSW | November 16, 2023
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“Pain in life is inevitable; suffering is optional.” Things often differ from how we think they should be or how we want them to be. The holidays can be a very stressful time of year. Increased commitments, holiday parties, shopping for gifts, and traveling to visit relatives can all grate…

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